Bloxwich councillor Kath Phillips stepped out with friends and family in north Walsall on Wednesday, on a sponsored fundraising walk for a local hospice.
And the community-minded Bloxwich East Labour politician (pictured, right), who was accompanied by her brother Michael Fawdrey and friend Jill Langford, chose to celebrate her 65th birthday by following the route of a very special ‘stroll down memory lane’!
Kath said to The Bloxwich Telegraph “My dad always said to me ‘Never forget your roots’. So I began at the back of 13 Corporation Street, which is where I was born in the worst snow period ever – the winter of 1947.
“The walk then went through Walsall town centre, where I worked for many years and now serve as a councillor. On to West Street, Leamore, where my nana lived and I spent many happy hours. Along Blakenall Lane to the United Reformed Church where I worship now. Into Blakenall village to Christ Church, which was the mother church of my infant and junior school. Down Victoria Avenue to St John’s Methodist Church, this is where I went to Sunday School and also married. Then to Bloxwich C of E School, better known as the ‘National’, where I attended from age 11 to 15.
“Next, down Lichfield Road to Little Bloxwich and the old Little Bloxwich school (which is just about still standing) then past the newer Little Bloxwich school where I was chair of Govenors for many years. And finally, around Grenfell Road where I was raised from the age of four at number 37.”
Mrs Phillips vowed to support the setting up of a Walsall hospice some years ago after her mother Muriel passed away from cancer aged 78, dying in terrible pain because she was unable to get a hospice place. Kath has since become a familiar sight on stalls and running tombolas raising funds for the charity now known as St Giles Walsall Hospice after the facility opened a year ago.
Kath helped to form the St Giles Walsall Hospice WS3 Friends group to raise money for the creation and running of the hospice, and the group has raised in the region of £6,000 in the past two years,
Thanks to her and her companions, Wednesday’s two hour walk alone raised £682 towards Kath’s target of £1,000. The Bloxwich Telegraph wishes her well in her continuing quest to help such a worthy cause.
For more information on St Giles Walsall Hospice, follow this link.