St Paul’s Mothers’ Union
January 2021 – August 2021
Coven Mothers Union started 2021 by handing over a cheque to Acorns Children’s Hospice for a
grand total of £581 on 11th January. This money was raised in December by members making and
selling handmade Christmas crafts. We also supported The Good Shepherd Centre and brought them
£581 worth of clothing and electrical items, such as kettles / microwaves and toasters for people
who had been re- housed and no longer living on the streets. These items were gratefully received.
At the beginning of the year we were still living with Covid 19 – and our NHS were still in desperate
need of patient supplies so we decided to put the NHS donation box outside the church where
people could make donations. Again this was very well supported by the local community and
toiletries were delivered to New Cross / Walsall Manor and The Princess Royal ICT Wards. A massive
Thank You to everyone who donated.
Due to Covid 19 restrictions Coven Mothers Union were unable to meet in person and actually hold
any events in St Pauls Church. Coven Mothers union continued to work hard and kept motivated by
planning different events but from our own homes. Our first event was our Cuppa and Cake event
on Saturday 6 th March in Support of The Haven. The Haven holds a very special place in our hearts as
The Haven was one of the first organisations that we supported when we started as a group back in
2017, and we know how desperate they were for financial support. Even though we were unable to
meet, members / family and friends held their own Cuppa and Cake events in their own homes and
raised £533.06. – Amazing!! We then arranged an Easter Chick Hunt around Coven village and our
very clever Mother union members and supporters made knitted Easter chicks with a Cadbury cream
egg inside and sold them to family friends and local community – Wow this was another great
success and was really well supported and a further £267.30 was raised. We were able to present a
cheque to The Haven for a grand total of £800.36. The Haven were so pleased and thanked the local
community for their support.
Coven Mothers Union also donated £49.50 to St Pauls First School, this was from Easter chick sales.
During the Easter week our children and grandchildren wrote Easter prayers and poems and these
were then displayed inside St Pauls Church and also placed on to our Coven Mothers Union facebook
page so that everyone could view them. These were beautiful and we received some lovely
feedback. Well done to all our younger supporters.
As May approached restrictions had still not lifted so once again we held our Big Breakfast at home
in support of Christian Aid. Everyone loves a big brekkie and again members and supporters joined in
the fun. We raised another £362 – Thank you to all involved.
On 21 st April Coven Mothers Union were approached by The Gem Centre Partnering Families Team
based in Wednesfield who desperately needed help to buy nappies and baby formula milk for
families fleeing domestic violence. Coven Mothers Union were able to donate £100 worth of nappies
and baby formula to the Specialist health visitors who could distribute to families who were in
Coven Mothers Union members collectively took part in a sponsored active week and were aiming
to walk/ run or bike the equivalent of 300 miles of The Monarchs Way between Saturday 29 th May
and Saturday 5 TH June …Members did extremely well and as a group actually achieved 333 miles in
very hot weather conditions and managed to raise a grand total of £812, which was truly amazing!!
This money was agreed to be divided between The Gem Centre to buy “mum bags” and Wolgarston
High School to buy garden furniture for the young people who have put together their own “break
out” area for quiet times and counselling sessions, who had been suffering with their own “well
–being” throughout lockdown. We hope to visit the school hopefully in September to see exactly
how the Break Out area is helping our young people.
Throughout Lockdown numerous people donated knitting and this was finally delivered to New
Cross Neo-Natel unit in July – Thank you to everyone who donated knitting.
Since the beginning of the year members have also been collecting sanitary products for a charity
called Period Poverty and two big boxes were delivered by one of our members in July. Thank you to
everyone who donated.
Coven Mothers union members have also supported St Pauls Church with their Garage sale and The
Afternoon Tea events and we are also selling raffle tickets for a food hamper for their Summer Fete
on Saturday 21 st August.
As you can see we have had a really busy eight months and have raised lots of money for all our
charities, who have all been so grateful for our efforts. So our next plans are for Christmas where we
plan to do a teddy tombola at the Christmas Frosty Fayre on Saturday 27 th November. We hope that
people in the local community will come along and support the event.
Coven Mothers Union would like to say a Massive thank you to everyone who has supported us this
year. We really appreciate your help and support. You have helped so many vulnerable people. May
God Bless you all.
Coven Mothers union are planning to have their first meeting back in St Pauls Church on Wednesday
8 th September at 7pm – If anyone would like to come along, you would be more than welcome.
Please contact Jo knight on 07564013668 for more information.
COVEN MOTHERS UNION 2020 ACHIEVEMENTS
Coven Mothers Union has once again has had a fabulous year despite the pandemic! and is a significant outreach organisation for missions and evangelism. It is the youngest and most active branch of Mothers Union in the Lichfield Diocese and is ably and creatively led by Jo Knight. Here is Jo’s report of their activities and achievements.
“Coven Mothers Union started the year 2020, by delivering a chocolate hamper to New Cross Hospital (Children Ward) and donating £50 to Linda Evans who is part of Coven Methodist Church to buy children’s socks to make rabbit dolls. Money raised would go to help Acorns Children’s Hospice. We then had 3 new members sign up officially (Linda Hughes / Jane Bowrin and Charlotte-Anne Smith) during our first Mothers Union meeting of the year. Coven Mothers union started to make plans for the year and our first event was a Cuppa and Cake event at St Paul’s Church in aid of The Haven on the 7th March 2020. This event was well supported by the community and raised £680.
Unfortunately, we were then hit by Covid 19 and all our planned events had to be put on hold, but Coven Mothers Union continued to strive and look at ways to continue to help and support the local community.
During the Easter holidays Coven Mothers union were approached by NHS staff to see if we could donate hand creams for the staff who were working under extreme pressures and difficult circumstances. We placed a box outside St Pauls Church where the local community could donate hand cream for the NHS staff and desperately needed toiletries for the patients who could not be visited by family or friends. The donations from the local community were overwhelming and they just kept coming and coming. Each night they were divided up between local hospitals and patients; Along with people making scrubs and face masks. The NHS were extremely grateful to everyone who contributed and said a massive Thank you. Coven Mothers Union children and grandchildren also took part in producing some excellent artwork which was posted on our FaceBook page to inform people of the Easter Story.
On 25th April we were due to hold our “Big Breakfast Event” but again due to Covid 19 restrictions we were unable to host. So, we asked people to host their Big Breakfast from the comfort of their own homes. Again, you supported us, and we raised £430 for Christian Aid, where the money would help poorer countries also dealing with Covid.
On 17th May – Coven Mothers Union donated £100 to Head office London – who were appealing for help from members due to the COVID crisis.
7th June was meant to be the Coven show where we would have raised money for the Gem Centre NHS Wednesfield, but sure enough once again this did not happen. So, Coven Mothers Union children and grandchildren decided to do a sponsored activity of their choice. Wow, again the children did everything they could think of to raise funds, from running, bike rides, triathlons, nature trails, skipping etc. The children managed to raise £935. This money was used to make “MUM BAGS” filled with useful baby items from toiletries to baby grows nappies etc, along with blankets which had been knitted by members and the local community. The new mothers also received a goody bag filled with toiletries. The GEM CENTRE staff who work with vulnerable mums were extremely grateful.
In normal times St Paul’s Church would have held their summer fayre around June. As this could not take place, we held a raffle and raised £182 for them.
As time went on and we still were not able to meet as a group, we held our first meeting via Zoom and managed to discuss future events. We were due to hold another auction night in October but as things were looking it was not going to be possible to take place, we started to think of other ways to raise funds. August Bank Holiday saw us doing a car boot sale to sell some of the items which had been left over from previous events. An early 5.00 a.m. start for the ladies involved (and a tale to be told!) but we were able raise another £113.40 for Acorns Children Hospice & The Good Shepherd Centre. We decided to hold and host a Frosty Snowman Walk around the village and sell crafts which the Mother’s Union members had made with the help and support of the local community, from their personal driveways. The money raised would be split equally between Acorns Children’s Hospice and The Good Shepherd Centre. As time went on and members were busy crafting away during the months of September / October and November, once again it was looking that our plans would need to be cancelled. But Mothers Union was not going to sit back, we managed to sell all the crafts and do another raffle which we sold to all our family friends and contacts in the local community. Once again people were so supportive of Coven Mother Union and we managed to raise a grand total of £1,162. An absolutely AMAZING amount considering what has happened this year.
This is not forgetting all the knitting that has been done by members and the local community for neo-Natal wards, The Gem centre and The Homeless. You have been amazing, and the knitting continues to be left on my doorstep – a massive thank you.
To finish the year Coven Mothers Union members donated food items to go into a beautiful hamper which was then donated to St Pauls First School as a raffle prize.
We also supported St Pauls Church in a Nativity Trail over the Festive Competition weekend of the 18th to 20th December – Helping us to remember the real meaning of Christmas. Despite the weather this was a beautiful end to our year.
I would like to say a huge and massive thank you to each and every one of you who has supported us throughout this very difficult year. You have helped so many people. Your support is very much appreciated. May God bless you all and we hope and pray for a better 2021.
As we move into 2021 and we still battle against Covid I would ask you all to give some thought of how we may try and raise desperately needed funds for different charities and vulnerable people……… Jo x”
Contact Jo Knight on 07654 013668