9-year-old Louis, has spent over half of his young life committed to raising funds for three worthy causes. Each cause capable of making a significant difference to people’s lives. During the past five years Louis has raised funds for his local hospice that cares for the terminally ill, for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY Wolves), and for the West Midlands Air Ambulance. Louis has undertaken several activities including sponsored walks, manned stalls, made cakes, cards and jewellery all to raise funds for these good causes. Louis’s fund raising efforts have directly contributed to CRY being able to screen 14-35 year olds for heart defects using its state-of the-art electrocardiogram (ECG) and echo-cardiogram machines. For the local Air Ambulance, Louis spent a day bucket collecting to raise much needed funds, never once complaining or stopping. He has raised significant sums for the Compton Hospice by undertaking ‘Memory Walks’, a five-mile route where individuals can walk in memory of a loved one. Although he engages in extra curricula activity at school, Louis is committed to raising funds for his causes.
Food festivals and street food events are big business at present. The chance to browse and sample culinary delights from some of the UK’s best street food producers is often too good to resist. Birmingham’s Digbeth Dining Club and the Village Coffee, Bakery & Kitchen spin-off, Codsall Village Dining Club, proves the success of these events.
This weekend is a first for Wolverhampton in a full-on food and drink festival in a designated area of the city centre that hasn’t been used for much other than car parking since, well, the closure of the old market and the construction of the Civic Centre. The event wasn’t open for the public to walk in – tickets were required, though these were free – they still had to be requested in advance, lending that air of exclusivity to proceedings. The first day, Saturday 8 July, was a roaring success, with some retailers admitting surprise at the large amount of customers in attendance.
Amongst the many street food retailers were favourites Slow N Low, Baked In Brick, Canoodle, Handmade Pizza and Nyam Nyam, with Hail to the Ale, Slater’s and The Grain Store providing liquid refreshment.
All signs point to future festivals in a similar location as the city reinvents itself as a top location for food and drink with attractions such as Wolves in Wolves and Queen Square music festivals drawing in people from further afield.
And there’s still today to visit if you missed yesterday!