Sunday, 20 September 2015

Newbury Solidarity Fundraiser for Refugees

St Nic's hosted a brilliant fundraiser in aid of Save the Children, The UN Refugee Agency and the Red Cross who are all helping on the frontline of the refugee crisis. As well as cakes and bric-a-brac, there were also lots of great live bands. I of course spent loads on the tombola to no avail, pipped each time by a cheeky little boy who kept appearing in front of me each time I had a go, and I donated two black bags of clothes, books and other stuff, including about 20 candles.

The event raised nearly £383.38 - massive hat tip to Jonny for Newbury (for that is his name!) for organising.


Saturday, 12 September 2015

Fundraising dinner at Brebis in aid of West Berkshire Mencap

There are still places for a fund-raising dinner on Wednesday, 16th September, at Brebis in aid of West Berkshire Mencap.

Samuel Mansfield, Chef Patron of Brebis, has designed a unique menu which includes drinks on arrival, canap├ęs, a starter, main course, dessert, coffee, petit four plus a half bottle of wine.
He said: “We’re delighted to be offering our support for the charity through a dedicated evening of cooking. It’s a great way to raise awareness for the work that West Berkshire Mencap does locally and we’re hoping that this will be the first in a series of similar events we will be running.”

Leila Ferguson, chief executive at West Berkshire Mencap, added: “As an enthusiastic foodie myself, we are thrilled to working with Brebis and would invite anyone who is interested in experiencing a wonderful evening of fabulous food and great company to get in touch and to come and join us.”

The evening costs £50 per person to attend. If you are interested in attending please contact The Mencap Centre.

Saturday, 15 August 2015

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!

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