The positive impact of HS2, business and economic growth, and measures being taken to tackle homelessness all came under the spotlight when West Midlands mayor Andy Street was guest of honour at a charity fundraising event.
Pedmore Sporting Club (PSC) hosted the event at Hagley Hall, in Stourbridge, Worcestershire, raising more than £4,000 for good causes.
Mr Street discussed his role as the first mayor of the West Midlands and his aims for 2020 and beyond, including zero youth unemployment, an increase in housebuilding, and improved commuting across the region.
Addressing an audience consisting predominantly of business people at the event sponsored by property investors and developers Barberry Group, the Mayor said HS2 would help to revive the West Midlands economy and unite the country.
It had already had a very positive impact, he said, attracting investment and creating jobs including the relocation of the HSBC UK headquarters to Birmingham, which generated employment for 2,500 people.
Mr Street is also a supporter of Acorn’s Children’s Hospice and was named patron of the appeal to keep their Walsall hospice open. At his request, some of the money raised at the PSC event was donated to the appeal to help save the Black Country hospice, which provides a lifeline for local life limited and life threatened children and their families.
The historic Long Room at Hagley Hall was packed with more than 100 members who enjoyed a lunch in the company of the club’s patron, Lord Cobham, PSC president Jon Bellfield, executive chairman of Belbroughton-based Barberry Group, and PSC chairman Adrian Grainger.
PSC was founded in Stourbridge almost 50 years ago and has since raised and donated more than £1.5 million to local needy and charitable causes.
In recent years PSC has donated more than £250,000 to good causes. A summer ball raised £20,000 for Acorns Children’s Hospice, and meningitis and eczema charities. Funds raised from celebrity luncheons have also enabled PSC to donate £15,000 for life-saving equipment to Severn Area Rescue Association, and £8,000 for a new computer system to streamline control of 250,000 meals for the Black Country Food Bank.
Hundreds of good causes have received support over the years, including the Samaritans, local hospices and many disabled people. For more information visit www.pedmoresportingclub.com.