On Thursday 14th July, Reading Family Aid held its AGM.
Sravanthi, Chair, thanked all our sponsors, supporters and committee members for another very successful year despite the difficulties caused by the covid pandemic. She covered how excited we were to receive the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service at a ceremony last October as well as being able to attend the Queen's Garden Party in May.
Last summer we were able to provide a number of local outings which were thoroughly enjoyed by a large number of families with children of all ages. We also provided pantomime tickets and a trip to Odds Farm at Easter this year. We have also introduced an on-line booking system for these outings and tightened up our procedures with a Memorandum of Understanding that the participating organisations have to agree to.
Sravanthi went to report on another successful Toys and Teens Appeal where, despite covid, with a mixture of purchased and donated toys, we managed to provide gifts to a record breaking 2558 children in the Reading area. We did all this with minimal help from non-committee volunteers.
Our Treasurer, Sue, reported that we had another excellent year of fundraising with an income of over £31,000, thanks in a large part to our Toy Project appeal which raised over £30,000. We spent almost £38,000, mainly on toys and outings. We finished the year with a balance of over £25,000. This will fund our outings for the next financial year.
The Officers and existing committee members were all re-elected for another year.
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