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 chosen local charity (and obviously to try to keep fit!).
As such we are very proud to announce that we will begin supporting a very worthy local cause called Stripey Stork and will let the team there explain what and how Matthew Douglas is supporting:
We were delighted when Russell contacted us with his intention to raise vital funds for Stripey Stork. He will be donating £50 each week for every park run, or park run he would have completed if restrictions allowed, over the coming year. He wanted to help vulnerable families who have been adversely affected by the pandemic and, knowing how active we are in his local community, he knew we’d put the funds to good use.
On further discussion with Russell, he was really keen to support two extremely worthwhile projects we have coming up. The first is to tackle holiday poverty over Easter through partnering with local schools in some of the more deprived areas where we operate. This has been identified as a real problem, with children being stuck at home during lockdown and finances being extremely tight. To help combat this, we will be providing activity bags filled with new and age appropriate items, such as pens/pencils, a colouring book, an activity toy, a craft/making set, books and a puzzle. All bundled together in a colourful reusable drawstring bag.
The next project is our Bags4School campaign, where we will be providing brand new and age specific school bags filled with stationery and water bottles. For the older children, we will include maths sets and scientific calculators, as well as branded bags as discount prices – this all helps them to feel included and fit in with their peers. Although our Bags4School are available all year round, the campaign really gears up in preparation for September, where we expect we will need up to 1,000 bags.
We are extremely grateful to have received the first donation of £1,300, 6 months worth of park running, which will be used towards the Easter activity bags. We can’t wait for Russell to join us for a volunteering session where he will see the project preparations in action, by lending a hand packing bags and hopefully joining us on some local school deliveries.
On behalf of everyone at Stripey Stork and all the families who will benefit from this fundraising, thank you and welcome to Team Stork.
To find out more about Stripey Stork please visit: https://stripeystork.org.uk/ and to understand how the Easter event helped struggling families go to https://stripeystork.org.uk/easterbags2021/
Once again Matthew Douglas hosted a Macmillan Coffee Morning at the Hadleigh Office. It was a great success raising an outstanding £178.55 cash and £35.00 by text. We had a fun morning chatting and enjoying some of the fund raising actives put together by the Macmillan Team.
We also had a cake competition which was won by Miss Sara Pell who made a lovely Lemon Cake. The cakes this year were of a very high standard and Robert Barrow who picked the winning cake had a hard task picking.
All donations are still very much appreciated by texting YUM FCQ6 to 70550, all text cost £5.00. We would like to thank everyone who supported the fund raising for the Coffee Morning.