A Christmas thank you from Katie Roberts, Head of Volunteer Fundraising at The Children‘s Trust
I wanted to reach out to thank you, the Friends of The Children‘s Trust for your very kind support during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has meant the world to the children, families, staff and volunteers at The Children‘s Trust.
Our work at The Children‘s Trust cannot stop. We continue to support some of the most vulnerable children in the country throughout the pandemic and beyond, providing reassurance and the best possible rehabilitation and education, all in the safest possible environment.
This year many children have spent many months shielding and have not been able to return home because of their complex needs. We have had to limit visitors to site. Trips out for short breaks and leisure activities have been cancelled, and many school and therapy sessions have been delivered virtually or from a distance.
Thankfully, the warm summer months allowed many school and leisure activities to take place outside in the beautiful grounds including yoga, sports, gardening, music, science and art. The children enjoyed a series of themed weeks on site as they worked towards their individual goals. This December, many children will be spending Christmas here at The Children's Trust rather than going home. For many of these children, they will be away from family for the first time. So, we are more determined than ever to make it a special time for everyone.
We are working hard to transform our site into a beautiful Winter Wonderland by creating a sensory festive walkway, decorating the site with gorgeous Christmas trees, hosting an outdoor cinema showing Christmas film favourites. Each House has had a special delivery of toys, games, arts and crafts to keep the young children entertained and to start decorating their bedrooms, lounges and dining areas. Our elves have also been collecting special toys and games to put in individual Christmas Eve boxes, and we will have visits from Santa, reindeer and local choirs - all socially distanced, of course. Your recent donation is helping make this possible.
On behalf of everyone at The Children's Trust, may I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a healthy 2021.
Autumn NewsletterAfter 17 years, our Chairperson Michael Siggers has decided to retire from the Committee. At the same time our Secretary, Bob Gunn and Committee members, Anne Gradidge, Vicky Symes and James Wall have stood down. We are so very grateful to all of them for their many years of sterling service. We have enjoyed working alongside them and thank them for their wisdom, effort and guidance during those years.
We have been assured that this is not goodbye and that their support for our amazing charity will continue albeit in different ways. As such, we look forward to welcoming them to future events.
We are excited to be welcoming new members to our Committee. Judy Turnbull has joined as our new Secretary and we are delighted also that Nicole Duke and Michelle Whiteley are joining our number also. Sarah Davies has agreed to take on the role as Chair and she will be supported by our Deputy Chairperson (Gerry Murch), Treasurer (John Maynard) and existing Committee members (Jane Hudson and Claudia Lazell).
OPEN GARDEN at THE FIRS
In view of the Coronavirus, Sue Edwards and The Friends had to make a decision about cancelling the planned Open Garden and Hot Cross Buns event on April 8th. I am glad to say we were not to be defeated quite so easily.
This was the first virtual event that Sue and her team, Jenny, Derek and Peter had planned and the 'Virtual Tour of Sue Edwards Garden was born. The virtual tour was set up on the Friends website and was a stunning visit around Sue and Timothy's spring garden, showing each area in a rolling slideshow. The flowers and bulbs were at their colourful best, the weather glorious but sadly there were no hot cross buns this year.
Donations made, which for website ease and speed, were channelled straight into an identified section of the Children‘s Trust and raised the magnificent amount of £1015 plus ££220 in gift aid, £1235 in total. To our delight some generous benefactors of The Children‘‘s Trust agreed to match this amount so the benefit to the children was double the original sum raised. Depending 'which way the wind blows' in 2021, Sue hopes that a showing of her memorable garden can take place once again.
If you have any fundraising ideas that you would like to share with us, please do let us know.
For many of you who pay your subscriptions at this time of year by cheque, your annual subscriptions will now be due. Our suggested minimum subscription is £10 per annum, but many of you kindly pay more and, as you know, everything you contribute helps us to help the children at The Children’s Trust. It would greatly assist with our administration if you would consider paying by bankers standing order. To obtain the requisite form please send an email and we shall send one by return.
We are always looking to increase our membership and if you know of anyone who would be interested to join us, please ask them to get in touch.
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