Monday, 27 July 2015

West Berkshire Mencap

I can't quite believe it's nearly half a year since I posted here! That's not to say I haven't done anything charitable - more that I've been busy with work, but mostly with running after a small child.

I was lucky enough to attend a garden party at West Berkshire Mencap today, meeting lots of clients, families and staff which inspired me to revisit doing better things for charity. However, all's not lost. Since I last posted, off the top of my head I have:


1. Taken three binbags of good stuff to Scope

2. Bought some books from a jumble sale in aid of the local WI - one of the books was appropriately called How to be a better person about a bloke who tries different voluntary assignments from hospital radio to Oxfam to driving old people around. I enjoyed it - the guy was a loveable curmudgeon who wanted to do his bit in a varied way for charity and had a brilliant comic eye for the annoyances of doing charity work.


3. Finally dug out the form I need to sign up for Contact the Elderly.


4. Took lots of photos all over Hertfordshire of local charities who were presented with cheques from a project I'm working on. This was brilliant fun and I met hundreds of dedicated charity staff and volunteers over the course of two days - it was like a philanthropy roadshow.




5. Fully intended to do the Boys Beating Cancer 1km family fun run at Newbury Showground yesterday but put off by driving rain and little man's sniffles.


6. Pledged to post here more. Definitely inspired by Seb Hunter in (2) to do more varied things.


Feel free to inspire me!
@margaretmcdpr

Monday, 9 February 2015

Community of Hungerford Theatre Company

I love a good jumble so was delighted to see there was one within a stone's throw of our house at the weekend. However, what happened next surprised me!

I decided to go through the house with a black bag and find donations; two squash rackets (unused since 1998), some comedy DVDs, some books, some blankets, some clothes (including a shirt that was too small for MrM, but don't tell him), some crockery, some vases, some toys, a brand new baby hat and so on and so on. I hauled the full bag up the hill and donated it and then crucially, did not hang around for the event to begin!

I'm a new woman I tell you. And I have a much tidier house!





The theatre company's next performance is Whistle Down The Wind - John O'Gaunt School, Priory Road, Hungerford Weds 18th - Sat 21st Feb - 7:15pm Evening & 2:15pm Sat Matinee

http://www.hungerfordtheatre.com/index.html

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

West Berkshire Mencap table top sale




The house is showing definite signs of having carpets and floors after a clear out thanks to West Berkshire Mencap's table top sale. Nearly everything sold, except the big stuff (a stool and a chair) that I had to lug back home again - not so much as an offer. Plus some clothes and a brand new toy that I decided not to sell to a lady who could have had it for 50p if she hadn't been so rude.

The funny thing was that I popped everything that didn't sell into a carrier bag and took it to Scope in town. But en route, I bumped into that remarkable old man in town who can barely walk, but shuffles all the way up and down the high street just to get a cup of tea. It was that first really cold day and bless him, he was wearing a jacket. So I gave him the warm clothes and he seemed happy with them, meaning I donated a book and a wicker basket to Scope - looked a bit odd carrying them up the street!

The next West Berkshire Mencap sale is apparently both inside and out, and takes place on Sunday, 1st March at 10. Sellers arrive from 9am (£4). Entry to buyers, by donation (suggested £1 for adults and 50p for children).

The Mencap Centre, Enborne Road, Newbury, RG14 6AT




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Thursday, 18 December 2014

Eight bells for Mental Health

The grand declutter continues....but then again so does the cluttering!

I took a bag of new toys, some unused Christmas decorations and some books along to the coffee morning for the charity to sell. Today is was Eight Bells, a local charity that helps people with mental health issues.

I came back with a slightly smaller bag of three books; fortunately the McBaby ate the cake within minutes saving me the bother of carrying it home. MrT wasn't here unfortunately - get well soon MrT!





Thursday, 11 December 2014

Newbury YMCA and the Big Issue

A cupcake for me and the customary lemon drizzle for MrT today- I also bought him a cup of tea and a packet of posh biscuits.


At the jumble sale part of the coffee morning, I bought a lovely Champneys gift set and a snazzy scarf - all in aid of the local YMCA. I picked up a copy of the Big Issue on my way in, and dropped off some brand new unused Christmas decorations at the Cancer Research UK shop in town, as I'm feeling generous and festive!







However, it was me who was the recipient of some good stuff today. MrT said he bought this for me as he thought of me when he saw it!




Thursday, 4 December 2014

Pelican Cancer Foundation

Black Friday, Cyber Monday, meh.

I prefer to buy local, so the McBaby and I headed to the Pelican Cancer Christmas fair at the Elcot Hotel. My hamper for our Christmas hosts is now complete!

We bought a beautiful painting of an elephant for the Babar-obsessed McBaby, a homemade Christmas pudding from Blackberry Cottage, Wiltshire Gin and lots of other goodies.

This weekend sees Small Business Saturday so we'll be endeavouring to buy local again. After a thorough tasting of course....






Action Through Enterprise and St Mary's Church

I *may* have been taking advantage of the recent Thursday coffee mornings to re-home some of my clutter - the question is always whether I manage to come home with more than I went with.

Today I would say that it was about 50-50. Our friend MrT gladly rehoused some unopened and sealed cassette tapes such as Bill Bryson's audiobook version of Neither Here nor There and some Christmas CDs and tapes. I gave the charities two brand new Christmas books and some wrapping paper to sell (they kindly overlooked that I had to prise the "trumpet" out of the McBaby's mouth and I saw someone buy it so hopefully it wasn't too damaged.

HOWEVER I came home with this little lot; bought and also won by the McBaby on the tombola.



An elephant on a bike!
A football (that nearly ended up in an elderly lady's cup of tea)
A canned polar bear
Two of my beloved Ladybird books - ones that I didn't have as a child as well - bonus!
A pencil and eraser set
Two cakes and a cheese scone (not pictured as eaten seconds after purchase).

St Mary's is in Shaw and Action Through Enterprise is a charity battling inequality in Ghana (wish they could do something about the massive inequality in West Berkshire too)

http://ateghana.org/