Our Farnborough Day Service held their second Winter Wonderland, which saw a variety of stalls, a tombola, raffle and a performance from The Lydian Singers. It was a lovely evening that got everyone in to the Christmas spirit and managed to raise a fantastic £1,058 with donations still coming in. Congratulation to the Farnborough Day Service team who put so much effort in the event. Thank you to everyone that attended and made the evening such a success. Merry Christmas and a happy new year from all at Parity.
November has been a busy month with ten volunteers taking on a firewalk at Rushmoor Fire Station. Thank you to everyone that took part. We so far have raised just over £2,000 with sponsorship still coming in. We also held our annual Christmas Fayre in Princes Mead on the 18th November where we had a variety of stall and had the opportunity to have your picture taken with Darth Vader we manager to raise £1,165 on the day. Thank you to everyone for your support
Supporters, staff and students came together on Wednesday 25th October for Parity’s AGM at High Cross Church in Camberley. Chairman Owen Durrett, got proceeding underway with a talk about the last year, highlighting support from individuals, community groups and organisations, along with the many challenges that Parity encounters and must overcome. Treasurer, David Turnidge spoke briefly about finances, fees and fundraising and moved on to speak about our objectives for the future. Keyworkers were recognised for their support, with long service certificates handed out to many. Kindly, supporters Stephen and Paul from local pub The Falkners Arms spoke about how important their support to local charities is whilst turning the fortunes round of a forgotten pub. Lastly our thanks go to the staff at High Cross Church for their help in organising the event.
The Community Awards are a major part of Freemasonry’s 300th anniversary celebrations. The Masonic Charitable Foundation is distributing three million pounds to 300 charities across the country, with a public vote deciding on the range of Awards from £4,000 to £25,000.
Parity were nominated by Freemasons in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, with votes being cast throughout July and August. In total 178,801 people voted across England and Wales. Parity is to receive a £4,000 Community Award from the Freemasons following the public vote which really will do so much towards our vital services for people with multiple disabilities. Parity would like to thank the Mason’s for their continued support.
Our Mytchett day service has benefitted from a new specially adapted kitchen thanks to donations from the ACT Foundation, the Beatrice Laing Trust and individual supporter Linda Anderson. Students are now benefiting from experiencing the new kitchen, fitted by Farnborough-based Howdens – who also kindly donated the adapted oven and ceramic hob – it includes a height adaptable work surface and sink unit, which means that more students are able to participate in living skills activities. To mark the occasion the three day services competed in a bake off with the final being held between the Farnborough and Mytchett services. Judges from Howdens attending marking the Farnborough team the winners.
With thanks to The Lydian Singers who chose Parity as their charity of the year in their Diamond Anniversary celebrations. At their Diamond Jubilee concert they handed over a cheque to trustee Cllr Barbara Hurst for £1000. Their support really will go a long way in supporting our students. If you would like to learn more about The Lydian Singers please visit www.lydiansingersfarnborough.co.uk. Thank you to them for all of their support this year.
As part of their 300th Anniversary celebrations the Mason’s are holding a public vote for 300 charities. Parity are nominated in the Hampshire & Isle of Wight region as 1 of 8 charities with the opportunity to win a donation of up to £25,000. Voting closes on the 31st July with results being revealed in August. To vote for Parity please click here. Thank you for your support!
Parity would like to thank three brave supporters who took on the challenge of falling 10,000 ft. On Sunday 14th May Simon Vickery, Lawrence Duff and Rebecca Alexander took to the skies and had the experience of a lifetime. They had been busy fundraising over the past few months and managed to raise over an incredible £2500 with kind donations still coming in. Thank you to them for taking on the challenge your support really make a difference to our students.
With thanks to the Co-op and it’s members who have been shopping in support of Parity. Over four months they have raised an incredible £12,945.99. Thank you to all that chose Parity this really will go a long way in supporting our students.
Local pub The Falkner’s Arms have chosen Parity as their charity of the year. They will be holding a family fun day on Sunday 30th April at Ancell’s Farm Playing Fields from noon with a variety of other activities that is fun for all the family. Thanks to them for their support and for more information please click here"/a>