Fundraising efforts result in fun day by the sea

With big thanks to funds raised by the staff at Unilever and at John Lewis in Kingston, and many individual donors via our appeal on, we were able to take the entire group for a day out by the seaside at the end of September. We caught a beautiful sunny day as we travelled on a luxury coach (discounted for us!) to Southsea, near Portsmouth. We enjoyed fish & chips, an ice-cream or two, and then took a walk to visit Southsea Castle whilst others explored the shops and amusements.

For many of our group, this is the only 'holiday' trip they get every year and so it was really important that it took place. The budget cuts experienced in the charity sector had threatened the cancellation of the trip, but it was clear that our clients were not going to give up. The funds raised by several individuals from the sponsored walk made a massive difference, whilst also giving them a sense of ownership and impact. This was their trip, and their efforts helped make it happen. The trip was certainly a celebration of that achievement.

Thank you for being a part of our success.