Last weekend we were at Earley Green Fair, and what a day it was! All our volunteers worked extremely hard and managed to raise a whopping £1,002.46! A record for Reading Family Aid 🎉
It was another gloriously warm and sunny day which really brought in the crowds. We had our usual 3 slots and with the help of two large gazebos and a very big tree we were luckily under the shade most of the time.
We were pleased that most of the children's jigsaws, games, toys and books, all the tombola tickets, all the jams and chutneys, a great deal of bric-a-brac and most of the books were sold. We also sold a number of raffle tickets - fantastic!
Huge thanks to everyone that supported us. The proceeds will go towards next year's outings.
Also a reminder that we are still selling raffle tickets with some great prizes up for grabs! Tickets are just £1 each and can be bought by calling 07930 033413 or emailing Reading Family Aid on email@example.com
We are delighted to say that our annual Summer Outing was thoroughly enjoyed by all the families and volunteers who came along.
The lovely sunny weather, that we had been having for weeks continued, though we had made contingency plans for families to use the exciting activities of Rock Reef, in case the heat wave broke before our visit.
We had a bit of a blip when one of the coaches broke down on the M3, but we all arrived safely in time to enjoy the perfect ‘seaside day’. The temperature and light breeze provided the ideal conditions to build sandcastles, paddle or swim, eat ice cream and or just sit on the Pier and relax.
Many of the families also tried the climbing walls, pier cave and vertical drop slide, Mums and Dads being encouraged by their children to have a go as well, with varying degrees of enjoyment/fear!
We received some lovely feedback, one saying that for two of the families, including the Mums, it was the first time that they had ever seen the sea, and talked of their excitement at jumping in the waves.
It seemed that our reminders about sun cream and hats were heeded as families climbed aboard the coaches for the return journey, tired but happy and not sun burnt 😊
Your continued support allows us to make memories like these for disadvantaged families in your area.
June 16th was a bright but breezy day for the annual Winnersh Summer Fete.
We had two stalls where we had a Tombola and children's lollipop game and we sold lots of gorgeous brand new soft toys and of course raffle tickets.
It was very well attended and we raised £399 in total.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
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