Barclays Golf Day Fundraiser for y.e.s.
On the 17th of June Barclays Bank once again kindly sponsored a Golf Day at Stoke-By-Nayland Golf Club to raise funds for y.e.s.
A fantastic day was had by all, in spite of the torrential downpours and we would like to thank all that attended and helped raise over £4,000!
Alice Charrington’s Sponsership Letter
This Summer I, Alice Charrington, will be walking from Canterbury to Santiago de Compostella, the old medieval pilgrimage. It is roughly 2,100km as the crow flies as will take me 21 weeks if all goes according to plan… I have never done anything like this in my life before so it’s certainly going to be an adventure.
I first heard about the journey back when I in school aged 9 or 10 and the dream of doing the walk myself has always played in the back of my mind. I realised that if I don’t do it now I probably never will. So, I’m taking a 5 month break from running Tymperleys and setting off on the 24th April this year. I’m currently at the planning stage which is making me cross-eyed and absolutely terrified as I begin to grasp the scale of this project. I am going to do it though. That much I can promise you.
It occurred to me that this would be a great opportunity to do some fundraising and I’ve consequently decided to raise money for the Colchester Youth Enquiry Service (Y.E.S.). I’ve got to know them and what they do since working at Tymperleys. They are our neighbours and after watching a group of young people put up a pagoda in their garden in a day with gales of laughter coming over the wall, my curiosity was piqued.
Jane Blomeley, Executive Director of Y.E.S., gave me a tour and explained the amazing work that they do: anyone aged between 11 and 25 can come to them for help whether it be for exam stress, depression or anxiety, problems at home, young families, financial difficulties or just need someone to talk to in a safe space. As Jane put it, ‘Y.E.S. is there for you when you are at the top of the slippery slope and don’t which way to turn’. If they can’t offer the specific help you need, they will put you in contact with the appropriate people and stay with you until the help is there. It is work that goes on quietly and is not often recognised. Unsurprisingly, most people don’t like to talk about the difficult times that they’ve gone or are going through and Y.E.S. humbly gets on with its job, not making a song and a dance. I’d like to make a fuss on their behalf hopefully raising £10,000 and highlighting the incredibly important work that they do. For more information about them, please visit their website www.yesyouthenquiryservice.org
Fear not, I’m not asking for a £1 a kilometre but if you could donate what you can that would be wonderful. You can be confident all money is going to Y.E.S. You can donate at https://www.justgiving.com/Alice-Charrington or else make out a cheque to the Colchester Youth Enquiry Service and send it to them at 9 Trinity St, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1JN with my name as a reference.
I have been told that I must keep a blog though I fear it will mainly document the inevitable blisters. Just in case it doesn’t and you fancy following my progress, you can find it at https://ajollylongwalkblog.wordpress.com/ I will try to update it at least once a week from now on documenting the planning – turns out there’s more of it than I had anticipated – and then real adventure. I’m never going to be a novelist but I’ve read enough Mills and Boon to know that it’s the happy ending that is key.
So, staying ever positive, wish me luck and please donate!
Go Green Project
YES currently require more people to join the Go Green project. Please read the article for more information – Gazette News Article
The NCS team were looking for a DIY SOS type project to do in the town and when we showed them our garden and explained what we were hoping to do with it they kindly agreed to help. The team of 15 young people and 2 youth workers had just a few days to plan the project and a week to deliver it and they did all the planning, organising and hard work (even in a heat wave) themselves. They also donated plants, toys, trellis, paint and tools to the value of £450, which we are extremely grateful for.
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