Patsy Stone, co-founder, tells us all the story of the charity house Christmas cake from a few years ago. A lovely gesture that didn't quite go according to plan!
You can find the transcript of this video at the bottom of this blog post.
Want to help us make the Young People's Christmas Day meal super special this year?
A donation of a Christmas cake (bought or made!), Christmas Chocolate Log, mince pies or puddings of some sort, would be really lovely and go down very well across our two charity houses in Newbury Berkshire. All donations are very gratefully received and we thank you in advance for your generosity. Best wishes, Patsy x
Please find below the transcript of this video:
I thought I would share a story from Christmas a few years ago.
As some of you know we have a live in more mature person living with our Young People. We had just taken on a mature lady who’s CV said she could amongst everything else Cook! Apparently she was a good cook and cake baker. A real Mary Poppins! She requested that as a team building exercise she bake a Christmas cake with the Young People.
I purchased the ingredients and let her borrow my cake tin. When I called round I was greeted by very excited Young People. Come and look at our Christmas cake. As I entered the kitchen our new person announced. I hope its ok as I didn’t know how to work the oven! So I grilled it for 3hrs!
My heart sank to my boots. When I peered into the tin. It was more like a very flat burnt fruity pizza. They marzipan and iced this flat hard crust. Even decorated it!
I purchased them a shop cake as a backup just in case they couldn’t bite into the home made cake. After Christmas they were all very grateful for my cake gift to them.
Needless to say unfortunately there wasn’t much that this lady could do so we had to let her go.
Patsy and John our founders were presented with a cheque for £500 from Paul Trincas President of Thatcham Rotary. It was presented to them after a nice evening meal with the members of the rotary club and a presentation given by Patsy on behalf of Young People and Children First. A big thankyou to the Rotary Club for the very kind donation, it will go towards supporting the young people with in our charity.
We attended an event last Saturday in Hungerford to show our appreciation for a donation of £500 which we recently received from Hungerford Town Council, which was also doubled through The Good Exchange. Patsy had the opportunity to do a small presentation about the charity and the work we do with care leavers and homeless young people, before the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Hungerford handed out the certificates.
We had a new resident move in to one of our charity houses earlier this month, he is settling in very well and is happy to show everyone his first cooking lesson with the staff at YPACF.
We had a busy weekend of fundraising at both the Holybrook Festival and Thatcham Fun Day on Sunday. We had our publicity boards and tombola stall with us, along with just some of the lovely soft toys that were donated to us by Ardita and the staff from the Mio Fiore restaurant in Newbury. A massive thankyou to everyone who came to see us and donated on the day, and of course to everyone from the Mio Fiore who donated the 89 soft toys!
We had the opening of Rebecca House on Friday, It was a lovely evening - luckily the weather held out for us - and it was great to be able to celebrate the opening of our second charity house.
The aim of our second house is to provide more accommodation for care leavers and homeless young people. With a live-in house supervisor, residents can live independently but know that there is always someone there if and when required. As always our main aim is to get our residents into work, education/training or volunteering and have them move on to independent living when they ready.
Thank you to everyone who was able to attend on the evening - it was great to see some of the amazing people who support the charity in many different ways - plus to everyone else who have helped and support us in any way on our journey up to this point and beyond.
We also want to say a special thank you to John Campbell from The Woodspeen for doing a delicious buffet, Peter McClintock for the photo's and to everyone else who helped out on the night.
A big thank you to Transmission Technology ltd. for their recent donation of an amazing £5000! We are so lucky to have received this donation and support from the company - this donation will go towards supporting our residents in both of our charity houses and help us to offer the best support possible to help them move on to independent living.
Thank you to Malcom from "Sport in mind" and Thatcham Table Tennis Club, for very kindly giving our young residents free entry and instruction each week ... They love it !
Last week John and Patsy attended the Mayor of Thatcham's civic reception and were presented with a cheque for £1,617.50! Ellen Crumly, (Mayor of Thatcham) has raised this over her past year via raffles, donations and at events - this amount will also be match funded by The Good Exchange! A massive thank you to the Mayor for choosing our charity for one of her charities of the year and also to everyone who donated.
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