As promised, we have fantastic news from Jackie Atkinson about the volunteering and fundraising activities her colleagues have been involved with…
“Over the last 6 months, the FSSC team in Bradford have been supporting a fantastic local charity, Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice.
The charity supports families across West Yorkshire who have a child with a condition that will sadly shorten their lives. When a child has such a condition they still need and want the same as every child; the chance to play, to communicate, to experience new things, to learn, to love and to laugh. So the FSSC have been playing their part in helping the charity to provide these opportunities, through fundraising and volunteering activities.
Although it seems a long time ago now, we raised just over £380 over Christmas through a number of fundraising events. The ever popular Mince Pie Munch (baking sale), a Christmas Card Appeal and Christmas Jumper Day as well as Pin the Nose on the Reindeer and a Christmas Sweepstake.
More recently we have been volunteering for the charity and 6 of the team went along to help decorate one of their new charity shops in Holmfirth.
Mohammed Uddin, Sarah Hutton, John Jefferson, Joanne Cooke, Mike Ward and Abigail Tong all said they’d had a great day, although it was hard work, but knowing what a difference they were making made it all worthwhile.
It didn’t stop there as Kate Otto then organised a de-cluttering day so that we could help to stock the new shop. We collected 38 bags of resaleable items which the charity estimated to be worth around £570 in sales to them. So a great result from a really easy activity.
At an open evening held in March, Sarah Hutton, Abigail Tong, Michelle Manogue and Jackie Atkinson went along to the hospice to see first-hand what a fantastic place it is and how they support the children and their families in a really positive way and very sad times in their lives.
It is great to have a worthwhile cause that we can support locally and this really is a fantastic charity.”