As one of Matthew Douglas’ Directors, for the last few years Russell has been running most Saturday mornings in Reigate Priory park in order to be able to support a very worthy local cause (and obviously to try to keep fit!).
LeatherHead Start is a former Night Hostel and began offering the following services as of June 2011:
- Emergency, direct access, short-
term accommodation for homeless men and women over the age of 18.
- Accommodation for one established couple
- 24 hour support
- Individual key-
- A Learning Development programme, tailored to individual needs
- Referral and resettlement into move-
- A tenant support service after resettlement in the community
As part of Matthew Douglas’ commitment to helping with local causes, Russell can be seen here giving to Kat , Client Services Coordinator of LeatherHead Start, a cheque for £1,300 (i.e. 26 Parkruns, £50 per run), given every 6 months. The money is used to pay for 8-week one-to-one counselling sessions for those residents in most need and here is a quote from a patient as to how it is helping, written to the counsellor, Gill:
‘Christmas Eve 2017 I found myself in a little local church, still to this day, don’t know why I went where I did, or why I went, but then that’s part of PTSD, I have very poor memory. I was introduced to a lady called Gill. Someone who has been seeing me on a weekly basis for some time now, the first person to give a dam. I could spend a further 10 pages, writing about how if I hadn’t found the church, I’d still be sat here crying every day, hitting myself, others, walls. And understand that for many of us, the ‘Gill’s’ of the world are all we have. I understand and except, that no one cares or wants to help, so please give the money, for the funding, for this amazing person, who does want to help, so that I have someone, to help me make sense of this cruel world. And who knows maybe she’ll help me get to a point where I can help people, pass on the good work. Not in a paid capacity, but just in a daily capacity.’
And understand that for many of us, the ‘Gill’s’ of the world are all we have. I understand and except, that no one cares or wants to help, so please give the money, for the funding, for this amazing person, who does want to help, so that I have someone, to help me make sense of this cruel world. And who knows maybe she’ll help me get to a point where I can help people, pass on the good work. Not in a paid capacity, but just in a daily capacity
To find out more about Parkrun, which holds free events every Saturday at 9am in 544 locations around the UK, please visit: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/
To find out more about LeatherHead Start, please visit: http://leatherheadstart.org/
Last week we held a Macmillan Coffee Morning at our main Hadleigh office with around 40 people attending, both clients and friends. Some lovely cakes were made and tasted divine. The cake competition was judged by Georgia Hall and the winning cake was a Coffee and Walnut, baked by a friend of Grace Carpenter who won the day.
We are proud to say we raised a staggering £198.20 all going to the Macmillan Cancer Support. If anyone would like to donate further they can by ringing 705550 on their mobile and then texting JAM KXP7.