family fun day – september 2009

Family Fun Day in Northwood Raises £4000

ThePromise was delighted to be the beneficiary of a Family Fun Day, masterminded by Barbara Richardson and Jo Chapple, and held in Barbara’s splendid garden in the leafy suburb of Northwood in Middlesex. Guests enjoyed the sunny weather and the fantastic food, generously donated and prepared by a host of volunteers, including loads of teenagers. The centrepiece was a Hog Roast served with all kinds of salads and accompaniments washed down with Pimms, the ultimate summer barbecue experience! A kind donation of chicken fillets was used to great effect in many dishes.

Barbara and Jo had assembled an interesting selection of silent auction items, including tickets to Arsenal, dinner at a local restaurant, services donated by local tradespeople, a weekend in a campervan and a week in a Swiss chalet, not to mention a number of alternative therapy sessions, notably Amatsu as both Barbara and Jo are practitioners of this amazing therapy developed in Japan. Guests were entertained by local musicians throughout the afternoon. It was so relaxing to enjoy the autumnal hues of Barbara’s lovely garden to the sound of a great acoustic band.

Guests over the age of 16 made a suggested minimum donation of £15 and those who were UK tax-payers kindly signed gift aid forms so that ThePromise can collect the extra 28% from the government. Always welcome! Children under 16 came free.

Tanya van Dalen, a volunteer Occupational Therapist from ThePromise spoke movingly of her experiences with the children in Room 4 at Yelatma Orphanage.ThePromise has been working with older children at Yelatma who up to now have been confined to one activity room during the day without any stimulating activities or equipment. Tanya has been instrumental in helping to set up our work in Room 4 and told guests that £100 would pay for a day’s training for 2 Russian care workers, £25 would pay their weekly wage and £500 would help to buy additional play equipment, like trampolines, scooter boards etc to help these disadvantaged children develop their physical strength.

Barbara and Jo’s Family Fun Day provides a great example of what can be achieved by motivating your friends and relations to raise money for ThePromise. If you feel you might be able to organise a fun event like this, we are always on hand to give helpful advice and publicity material to help motivate your guests. We can always provide volunteer help and a speaker to tell guests how the money raised will be spent.

Just email Janet Abbott or call her on 020 8769 3378 to discuss your event.

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