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.
Curry, Fish, Pancakes....
These are just some of the home cooked meals that our residents have eaten and helped to prepare throughout the year.
A past resident who lived at Cornerstone 5 years ago, has done amazingly well since leaving us going from strength to strength. He is now a qualified mechanic and has just last week won a prize for being 3rd overall in his class B auto-solo championship.
Congratulations from everyone at the charity, we are all very proud of what he has achieved since leaving us and know he is going to go on and achieve even more great things in the future.
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