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The Assay Allstars visited The Birmingham Jewellery Quarter today to ask for donations from local businesses who wished to support the Muscular Dystrophy cause that The Birmingham Assay Office team are running for on 2nd June. The team raised over £300 in an hour from local businesses and shoppers! Thank you from the Assay Allstars and from all at The Birmingham Assay Office -the money really does mean a lot and the kind generosity from the Quarter has truly inspired the team to run that little bit faster in aid of muscular dystrophy. Photos of today’s visit to the Quarter and more information on the event are below. On Sunday 2nd June nine members of staff from The Birmingham Assay Office are taking up the challenge of the Great Midlands Fun Run 2013, which is a testing 8.5 mile course around the Sutton Coldfield area. The Assay Allstars Team is made up of Michael Allchin (CEO), Marie Brennan (Business Relations Manager), Sophie Whitehouse (AnchorCert Marketing Coordinator), Anu Manchanda (Senior Gemmologist), Steven Franklin,(Laboratory Marketing Coordinator), Antony Charalambous (Laboratory Admin), Liz Brogan (Hallmarking Sub Office Supervisor), Karen Reilly (Hallmarking Sub-office) and Luke Summlar, (Laboratory Admin). The Team are running to support the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign (MD) which is a collective name for over sixty conditions that have one thing in common, a progressive weakening and wasting of the body’s muscles.  Over 70,000 babies, children and adults in the UK have some form of Muscular Dystrophy.  One of the most common forms is Duchenne MD which affects boys from birth, confining them to a wheelchair at a very early age. Most conditions result from a genetic fault and the majority are progressive, causing the muscles to weaken and waste over time. The severity of disability varies greatly but there is no escape from Muscular Dystrophy and many affected children do not live to adulthood. The Great Midlands Fun Run starts at 11AM on Sunday 2nd June in the centre of Sutton Coldfield, so please do come along and support us if you can, it promises to be a brilliant, (possibly slightly painful) day!Please help us to support this wonderful and worthwhile charity by sponsoring The Assay Allstars Team. Time is running out for many sufferers and the more money we raise the more people we can help. A Virgin Giving page has been set up and donations can be made via the link below.  Just click on the link, it is very quick and easy to make a donation. http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/BirminghamAssayOffice Alternatively, you can send donations in to The Birmingham Assay Office. For The Attention of: Mrs Marion Wilson, The Birmingham Assay Office, PO Box 151, Newhall Street, Birmingham, B3 1SB    Tel: 0121 236 6951   Email: Gem@theassayoffice.co.ukThank you to all those who have already donated and if you haven’t there is still time to donate to this worthwhile cause, please support the cause and help those who can’t help themselves.
 

Marion Wilson, (centre of the picture) tireless Muscular Dystrophy campaigner and Birmingham Assay Office Marketing Director is surrounded by the rest of the Assay Allstars, l -r front row – Anu Manchanda, Sophie Whitehouse, Michael Allchin, middle row – Liz Brogan Antony Charalambous Back Row – Luke Summlar, Steve Franklin. Also competing will be Marie Brennan and Karen Reilly. 

A big Thank you to XMC International for their amazing contribution
  [caption id="attachment_5334" align="aligncenter" width="448"] Thank you to Element Jewellery![/caption] [caption id="attachment_5339" align="aligncenter" width="448"] Thank you to Simon Rainer, BJA[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_5338" align="aligncenter" width="448"] The Assay Allstars in The Jewellery Quarter[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_5340" align="aligncenter" width="448"] Thank you to the very kind Big Issue seller by The Jewellery Quarter clock[/caption] [caption id="attachment_5349" align="aligncenter" width="448"] Thank you to Hylton Cafe - We'll see you for a breakfast Monday morning!![/caption]
[caption id="attachment_5348" align="aligncenter" width="448"] Thanks to the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_5347" align="aligncenter" width="448"] Thank you to James Newman[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_5342" align="aligncenter" width="448"] Get yourself down to The Creative Watch Company for some fantastic buys and also fish!![/caption]
[caption id="attachment_5344" align="aligncenter" width="448"] Thankyou to The Creative Watch Company[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_5345" align="aligncenter" width="448"] Thankyou to Newey's Jewellers[/caption]
Thank you to Adam Pike and all those at The Jewellery Quarter Bullion for their very kind donation
[caption id="attachment_5341" align="aligncenter" width="448"] Thank you to Stanley's[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_5350" align="aligncenter" width="448"] Thank you to The Drop Forge, the Assay Allstars will see you after the fun run for a large drink!![/caption] [caption id="attachment_5354" align="aligncenter" width="448"] Thanks to The Hockley Watch[/caption] [caption id="attachment_5356" align="aligncenter" width="448"] Thankyou to Lois Jewellery[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_5352" align="aligncenter" width="448"] Thank you to NTR Precious Metals[/caption]
Thankyou to Hockley Diamonds
 

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