On a glorious sunny afternoon on June 1st, we had a tea party to celebrate the 90th birthday of our longest serving committee member, Vera Box (on the left in the photo below). Vera has been involved in Reading Family Aid since the 1970s, so at least 40 years!
Joining Vera in her celebration was her husband Don, who has also been involved for many years since he retired nearly 30 years ago, current committee members and also two special guests: Christine Bland who worked with Vera at Katesgrove House and was involved with RFA going back to the late 60s and Joe Wise, who was the deputy editor of The Reading Chronicle in the late 1990s and early 2000s and was instrumental in spreading the word of the Toy Appeal far and wide. He worked with Vera and Don at that time when Vera was Chair.
The committee presented Vera with a card and flowers and we all sang Happy Birthday as the birthday cake was brought in.
Reading Family Aid Summer Raffle 2018
ALL TICKETS: £1
Buy your tickets at Winnersh Fete (Sat 16th June) or at Earley Green Fayre (Sat 4th August) or by calling 07930 033413 or emailing Reading Family Aid on email@example.com
Thank you to everyone who has donated a prize!
Draw to take place on 6th September 2018
Promoter J Skidmore: 61 Woodcote Road. Caversham, Reading RG4 7EX. Licensed by Reading Borough Council. Huntswoo
On the last Thursday in May a coach load of families, each with a child or children with special needs arrived at Camp Mohawk on the outskirts of Wargrave, Berkshire to enjoy a relaxed family day in the great outdoors. Camp Mohawk has provision of both outdoor and indoor specialist equipment ranging from wheelchair swings to music and sensory rooms indoors. Find out more about the full range of facilities by following this link: www.campmohawk.org.uk/facilities/
It was a cloudy day with rain threatening from time to time and the families were warned that swimming would need to be curtailed in the event of thunder or lightning. Fortunately no rain at all fell till the coach approached the outskirts of Reading at the end of the day so there was much splash in the heated outdoor pool.
Reading Family Aid provided additional entertainments for the day – face painting, a puppeteer, circus skills (including HUGE bubbles!) and farm animals that the children could stroke. The bubble making drew a good crowd and the light breeze allowed them to drift up to the trees – if they weren’t popped before lift off!
Definitely a successful combination of attractions for children. Picnics in the fresh air, drinks on tap kept everyone fuelled for the activities.
At the end of the afternoon we all enjoyed whippy ice-cream cones from the ice-cream van that miraculously arrived – mmm, a perfect end to a perfect day!
A BIG thank you to all those who support this charity, enabling Reading Family Aid to facilitate these outings for disadvantaged families from around the wider Reading area.
On a very gloomy 12th May Reading held its' Forbury Fiesta Children's Festival. RFA had a stall with a children's tombola and children's games. We also sold raffle tickets for our BIG SUMMER RAFFLE. it was very well attended and much fun was had with £168 being raised. Unfortunately it all came to a hasty and premature end when the threatened heavy rain arrived in a deluge!
Huge thanks to Reading Rotary Club and to everyone who took part in last year's ROC Search Reading Charity Santa Run. We are very grateful to have just received a cheque for £4,000, which will go towards our Big Summer Outing! Thanks to everyone's efforts at least 200 local disadvantaged children (and their families) will have a great day out, with loads of excitement and fun.
RFA Chair Wendy Howell and Vice Chair Ruth Perkins were thrilled to receive a cheque for £1500 from the Berkshire Masonic Charity recently, during a visit to the Berkshire Masonic Centre in Sindlesham.
Freemasons from all over Berkshire have contributed to this very generous donation, the money will go towards our upcoming Easter outing to Odds Farm for two coaches of families referred via Homestart.
The cheque was presented to Wendy by Mark Hepplethwaite, supported by David Jarvis and Roy Stone who also do so much for our Toys and Teens Appeal.
Thank you Berkshire Freemasons!
We are currently looking for a volunteer Family Outings Organiser and a volunteer Christmas Toy Project Request Administrator to join our friendly committee.
Both roles would suit part time or recently retired Project Managers, Business Professionals, or Administrators.
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Reading Family Aid’s Toys & Teens Appeal has now finished for 2017, and we are over the moon to report that it’s been another hugely successful year!
Thanks to the immense generosity of the people of Reading, this year we were able to give gifts to 1,400 children from 600 local families, helping to make their Christmases a little happier.
We had 31 public donation points situated all over the Reading area, collecting toys from the general public during the period 19 October – 4 December.
In addition to this, a record number of businesses, offices, schools, faith and social groups organised their own collections. All in all we estimate we received over 10,000 quality toy donations and filled well over 700 sacks full of toys!
With the help of 135 volunteers (including the Mayor!) and a team of 15 van men to collect, sort and pack up the toys, we were able to ensure the gifts were delivered to families, via their social workers, health visitors etc. in time for Christmas.
Reading Family Aid Chair, Wendy Howell commented: “We were absolutely overwhelmed by the generosity of the people of Reading this year. Thanks to the support of each and every individual, company, school, faith and social group who donated to the Toys & Teens appeal we were able to provide over 1,400 local children with quality gifts in time for Christmas. We are also hugely thankful for the support of our sponsors, to all of the many Donation Points for taking in the toy donations, and to the many many volunteers, whose help during the toy packing week was absolutely essential. We wish everyone a very Happy Christmas!”
Thank you to everyone who supported the Reading Family Aid stall at Earley Green Fair earlier this month. Despite the thunder and rain we had really good turn out and managed to make £853.34! Fantastic!
Huge thanks to David Jarvis - the Provincial Almoner from The Berkshire Freemasons - for attending our AGM last week.
The Berkshire Freemasons have been huge supporters of our Toy Project and it was really interesting to find out from David what Freemasonry was all about, and in particular the charitable work that they undertake.
The Freemasons goal is to relieve poverty and distress in the community, through cash donations for specific projects or to individuals. Money is raised solely from the donations of its members.
David surprised us all by presenting our Chair Wendy Howell with a cheque for £1,780 for our 2018 Camp Mohawk Outing!
Thank you to all the Berkshire Freemasons! This incredibly generous donation will make such a difference to so many local families living in poverty.
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