‘It is now over two months since I completed the walk around the Nine Sites of the Birmingham Museums Trust (BMT). I really enjoyed doing it and was delighted to raise £5,204 with an additional £1,052 in gift aid. Although I knew the money would be useful however it was spent, I thought it would be good if it could be used for something specific.
After discussion with the senior management team at BMT and the staff at Sarehole Mill, the donation from the Nine Sites Walk will go towards the refurbishment of Sarehole. As many of you know, the mill was damaged in floods a year or so ago. It has been the intention to repair and refurbish it but raising the money has been difficult and at the beginning of September there was still a shortfall. The Nine Sites donation more than covers this which means that the work will begin in the near future.
This is so exciting. Sarehole means a lot to the people of Moseley – although I hasten to add that sponsorship came from all over the country and even the USA thanks to the power of social media. Even so, residents of Moseley gave a lot and I would like to thank you all for your generous support.
Finally, I arrived at Sarehole Mill on the hottest day of the year and it was open! Up to that point it had been padlocks that I saw on gates and doors – sad – but here it was buzzing with vitality and people were enjoying the scones and cream in the yard. It felt that there was still hope for the Museums Trust and indeed, the management of BMT had seen Sarehole as its hope for the future!
Once the work is completed BMAG bear, whom many of you will have seen on various posts on social media and the Just Giving page, will take up residence there as it’s mascot!
Again, thank you to everyone, and the Just Giving page is still open here. ‘