This Saturday (5th August) a summer fete was held at the scout hut in Keynsham to raise funds . This time there was a twist, the event had been arranged solely by the society’s Student Volunteers, Molly Hale (student volunteer) is a keen fundraiser, and along with her friends and fellow volunteers organised a summer fete to raise money for the Society. They prepared everything themselves, spoke to local businesses for support, organised some great activities and obtained excellent raffle prizes.
Molly is a volunteer at our Thursday night 18+ Club and the Keynsham Juniors club on Tuesdays she is 16 and has been involved in raising funds for local charities for quite a while, she’s taken part in sponsored runs for Cancer Research, for a local child with additional needs and table top sales for the children’s ward at the RUH, she really is a true inspiration.
She’s just finished her GCSEs and before she completely chilled out for the summer she worked on making the summer fete a huge success.
Molly and her friends demonstrated hard work and dedication with the organising of this fete, we are completely self-funded therefore we do rely heavily on the backing of our supporters whether it’s local businesses, volunteers, staff, and members and their families, the enthusiasm of everyone involved bolsters the fact that what we are doing for the community is supported.
A massive thank you to Molly, Leah, Jemima, Alysha and all their friends who organised and ran the event. At a time when young people are so frequently demonised for their behaviour, it was fantastic to see so many give their time and energy to raise over £500 for the Society.” – Lisa O’Brien Chair.
It was team effort on the day as not only did the volunteers get involved but society ambassadors Barry Holllyman who was the resident DJ, Suzie Lewis and Paul Southard enjoyed helping out on the Raffle and Tombola Stalls.
Local businesses who supported the day included, Sportscene, The Lounge barbers, Bonzo Lounge, G+D free, 73 degrees bicycle shops, Kodak, Bath ink and toner, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Stone Roses Florist, Pomegranate, Fish bar, Keith’s barbers, Entertainer, Greggs, Blades, Leisure centre and Reflections Hair Salon who all generously donated raffle prizes.
Thank you to everyone who helped on the day and came along to support us, it’s was a really good day. – Molly Hale, Student Volunteer.
“Molly and all our volunteers are a great asset to our society, their enthusiasm, energy and kindness inspire our members both young and old. Without the dedication of our volunteers we wouldn’t be able to offer local people with learning disabilities the same opportunities as their peers”. Lisa O’Brien.