Rosie's Helping Hands

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Up and down the country, there are thousands of people doing good deeds every day, and we decided to celebrate the great work that charities undergo with a regular feature on Tuesdays, to tie-in with #CharityTuesday on Twitter. We caught up with Karen Ross to find out more about Aldridge charity Rosie’s Helping Hands.

Where are you based and what geographical areas do you support people in?
We are based in Aldridge near Walsall in the West Midlands. Our geographical area is a 15 mile radius of Aldridge, although we do give priority to groups in Walsall at the moment.

How do you support people?
We provide funding to voluntary projects working with 0-25 year olds. The projects must be small (not part of a national charities) with an income of less than £150k per year.

How did the charity come to be founded?
My husband Sean and I set up the charity following the fatal stabbing our 16 year old daughter Rosie in 2001, in a random and motiveless attack.

How many people do you have working at the charity?
We have 6 Trustees who look after the charity including ourselves and call upon volunteers to help at events we organise.

How can people support you?
We have a website www.rosieshelpinghands.org where events are listed and ways people can donate.

Have you faced any challenges along the way?
We have had amazing support from local people which has enabled the charity to flourish. The most challenging things has been recruiting volunteers and the weather for outdoor events!

Do you have any charity events coming up and where can people find out about these events?
Our largest fundraiser Rosie’s Walk takes place on Sunday 17th July at the Aldridge Old airfield. People can sign up online at www.rosieshelpinghands.org/walk or register on the day between Noon and 2pm.

Is there any advice you could give to other charities?
Our advice to other charities is always to thank before you bank and work with other charities rather than view them as rivals – we are all working for the common good.

You can find out more about Rosie’s Helping Hands at their website or via Facebook or Twitter.