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   The kindness from the Annual Dinner
A report from our Immediate Past President - and his thanks to you all for the funds raised at the Annual Dinner for two wonderful charities
At our Annual Dinner in November we
were delighted to welcome Diane Goodier from Action for Children as our guest. Action for Children was also celebrating
its Sesquicentenary and so it seemed only fitting that we should try to raise some much needed funds for 2 of their projects – 1 in Liverpool and 1 in North Wales.
Thanks to your amazing generosity we raised over £3,500 + Gift Aid on the evening. In early March (pre Coronavirus!) I had the great privilege of going along to meet the project teams and present them with their cheques.
On a lovely spring day Heather & I drove to Mold and met Jude, the house manager at Arosfa, a disability service supporting disabled children, young people and their
families in the North Wales Community. The home offers parents the opportunity to have a bit of “me” time, respite care, whilst the children and young people can experience new activities and friendships. This allows the young people to meet their peers, develop independent skills in preparation for the future and stay overnight with their friends, just like other young people.
We are all realising at the moment how important it is to take time out and recharge our batteries...... Arosfa allows parents to have a break from the 24 hour a day caring responsibilities. So thanks to you, more parents will be able to do so this year.
Later that week I went to Ellergreen Community Centre in Liverpool and met carers and parents of children at the Liverpool Junior Mentoring Service. Here, children who are socially isolated/
withdrawn, have behavioural difficulties
or poor concentration can meet up with
a mentor on a one to one basis. Through the mentoring scheme the young people have a degree of stability introduced into their lives which helps to reduce isolation, improve communication skills and help them to realise that they are a valued part of their community. In turn this helps to reduce anti-social or offending behaviour and so the wider community benefits.
On behalf of Action for Children a big thank you to all who contributed at our special event to help them celebrate their special year.

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