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Donation to Pershore Volunteer Centre


plum plodders donation

This year’s Pershore Plum 10K saw us raise £1500 for local Charities. One of those charities was the Pershore Volunteer Centre.

We dropped in before christmas to present them a cheque for £500 and chat a bit more about what great things they do for the local people and how the donation will help.

They are currently looking for new volunteers to help so have a read of the services they offer and maybe get in touch to help?

Pershore Volunteer Centre is the local partner delivering Community Travel in Worcestershire which provides help for residents who are unable to make essential journeys by public transport. Within their team of volunteer driver provide transport for residents of Pershore and the surrounding villages for those who have limited mobility or are unable to use public transport. Transport under this scheme is available for registered clients only, to comply with insurance and other regulations, although registration is a very simple procedure. Each volunteer undergoes a rigorous vetting process including a DBS check to ensure we maintain the highest standards and to provide added reassurance to our service users.

They have two separate elements within the community transport service: volunteers in the car scheme drive their own cars, taking clients on pre-booked journeys; use of their minibuses (Training applies), which are adapted for wheelchair users, provide Dial-a-Ride services for shopping or other social activities and are also available for group hire. Although the services are dependent upon the availability of volunteers, they are able to offer travel for social activities, including shopping, visiting friends and relatives, or attending lunch clubs or other community events, and medical appointments including surgeries, clinics and hospitals.

They have two fully accessible minibuses which are used for group transport and they currently provide a Thursday shopping service for Pershore residents, taking them to the Co-op which will deliver shopping later in the day. Like all their transport, this is a pre-bookable service only, but a phone call is sufficient to book your seat.

They are also planning to introduce a regular programme of outings to other destinations including shopping, social, cultural or other interests, and will be publicising these in due course. These minibuses are available for hire by community or other not-for-profit groups at very competitive rates, so if you are involved in a local group we may be able to help your members with transport to meetings, or to social events.


The services are dependent on a willing band of volunteers who give up some of their time to support other residents who experience a range of transport difficulties which impacts on their general health and well-being. Living in such a beautiful rural area they are conscious that the limited availability of public transport can cause both rural and social isolation for those who have no alternative means of transport, and loneliness is a significant feature in the lives of older people.

Volunteering is the gift of free time, not a free gift, so all their volunteers receive expenses as reimbursement for their mileage (for using your own car), to ensure they are not out-of-pocket. We also offer a range of training, from informal in-house briefings to formal courses, dependent on the volunteer role, as well as on-going support from our friendly office-based team.

For more information contact:

Pershore Volunteer Centre
1 Billing House
WR10 1EY

Tel 01386 554299

Registered Charity No 1166141





Plum 10k 2018

Thank you to all those runners who took on the race despite the heavy rain.

The results can be found here

Photo’s are on the PPP News & Events facebook page

Let us have any feedback so we can make next years even better.

Charles Darwin Day 2018

Delightful account from fellow Plum Plodder Andrea Holmes on her experience at a recent 2018 event. I think we all have our thoughts on lap based runs, some good some not so good but you have to agree the medal looks certainly worth it.


Race: Charles Darwin Day, Part of “How hard can it be events”

Held in February Shrewsbury Sports Village, Sundorne Road, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY1 4RA

Course is chip timed on a purpose built cycle track and is limited to 150 runners that can choose to run 10K, Half or a full marathon.



Next event is February 9th 2019


An early start saw three plum ladies heading north to Shrewsbury to take part in The Charles Darwin Day Half and Marathon. Once there we were joined by Andy Coward and the snow! (No connection to weather based anomalies and Andy Coward have been confirmed during the editing of this report)

Registration took place outside by the track before we all hurried back inside to grab some warmth for a few more minutes it was a chilly winter day in February.

Race briefing over and we were off, running laps of a banana shaped circuit! We were told to keep an eye on the track and to run the shortest side at all times otherwise it was possible to run more miles than you needed to! It really was a tale of two halves.

As you turned at one end of the circuit the track followed a very gentle downward route to cross the timing line and continue into the next lap whereas the other end turned into a bitterly cold wind and a gentle but continuous incline – (now when we say “incline” it is in the loosest sense of the word as it probably wouldn’t have even qualified as a slight slope!!) It wasn’t noticeable at first but with every lap it felt a little more like an ascent!

The snow turned to sleet, then to rain before the sky turned blue and the sun broke through.

Everyone’s spirits lifted and laps were ticked off. Jackie and myself kept each other company for a while before having a little swap, with Andy joining myself and then moving on to join Jackie.

Running also was Plum colleague; Lynsey Hall. Lynsey politely turned down company while running, as she was in “her zone”. So, we loudly chanted “Cup of tea, Prosecco, hot tub” as we crossed paths treats we knew Lynsey was looking forward to later!

The winter sun was not to last and as quickly as it had arrived it disappeared to be replaced with the most piercing and painful hailstones. It was now a case of now just finishing!! Never have I dedicated laps to so many people just to keep going.

Fellow Plum Sue Woods you were one of them!!

On my last lap I ran alongside a lady doing her first Half. As we ran up the “incline” she commented about how much it felt like running uphill and it shouldn’t have done because she came from Cumbria where there were real hills, If nothing else it make me feel better.

Unfortunately, the weather hadn’t finished with us yet and Lynsey and Andy had to contend with a horrendous downpour as they continued their laps.

Crossing the line and receiving the Darwin medal made it all worthwhile but would we enter a lap style Half/Marathon again…………………think the jury may still be out on that one!!


Andrea Holmes

Pershore Plum Plodder

2017 10K donations update

As part of funds raised fron our Pershore Plum 10K in 2017 we were recently pleased to donate £500 to the Pershore Youth Centre.

Handing the cheque to the youth centre were plum members; Helen Carlisle and Tom Marshall. Both fantastic ambassadors of our running club and perfect examples of our clubs community spirit when it comes to helping others.

Help us raise more funds towards worthy local charities by joining our 2018 10K. Earlybird is open from 1st March, follow the event by searching @pershoreplumevents on facebook.