MacMillan change lives and to help, 4 Skills Tanks hubs came together to raise money via a coffee morning with a big difference

MacMillan are dedicated to taking away the worry of everyday life enabling cancer patients to focus fully on their battle.  They’re also there to help family members come to terms and work through the effects of seeing a loved one fight to muster the strength, after battle weary days, to fight on and win the war.

Helping people fight cancer touches us all, earlier this year we lost a wonderful student Giovanni, this spurred Skills Tank staff in Tamworth to enter a team into ‘Race for Life’ to raise money for Cancer Research.

To continue to support cancer fighters and their families 4 of our North Birmingham Skills Tanks came together on Friday September 30th to put on a coffee morning with a difference to raise money for MacMillan.

Skills Tanks at Collingwood and Pheasey went from a fledgling idea to putting on a stage show in just 19 days, that’s right – came up with the idea, created routines from student suggestions, worked with the students teaching them the routines they wanted to do, worked on costumes with students’ parents and worked with the students to put stage show together.

Skills Tanks Signal 1 and Signal 2 from Great Barr sold raffle tickets and baked scrumptious cakes with the help of staff and parents.

They all came together to raise money for MacMillan.

And boy did they put on a show to a packed community hall at Collingwood.  From fabulous Asian dancing to breathe taking break dancing, from Abba to Elvis and Olivia Newton John to Tom Jones – it was a real treat, a fabulous accomplishment and a joy to watch adults with learning difficulties, disabilities, autism and mental health put on such a high energy, happy and truly uplifting stage show.

How brilliant is that? From coming up with the idea to performing, baking cakes, making costumes, sending out invitations and selling raffle tickets in just 19 days!

There’s already £197.50 raised and when all the promised money is in that figure will top £250.00 – that is brilliant, that is Skills Tank, that is living and learning for a brighter future.

If you have, are close to an adult with learning difficulties/disabilities, autism, mental health and behaviours that challenge and you want them to live and learn for a better future or you’d like to work with Care First call 0121 308 6555 and ask for Wayne-thank you.