A weekend of Farnborough Sixth Form Fundraising
Posted on Friday 1 February 2013
Grand Draw and Masked Ball raise funds for local charities
Friday 25th January saw nearly 100 highly influential business people, alongside guest of honour Sir Gerald Howarth, converge on the headquarters of Fluor Limited in Farnborough for the Community Matters Partnership (CMP) End of Year Celebrations.
As a founder member of this highly successful social enterprise, The Sixth Form College Farnborough was represented by the College Principal Simon Jarvis, along with the Chair of Governors Andrew Needham, Vice Principal Vince Scanella and Community Engagement Lead Tutor, Christine Eustace.
The event highlighted the achievements of the Partnership over the year, which, in real terms, amounted to £300,000 of contributed volunteering hours, funding and resources to the local community. The afternoon culminated in the announcement of the winners of the first Community Matters Partnership Grand Draw.
Christine Eustace, was delighted with the outcome of this collaborative fundraising event. "The College has always been proud of its connection with CMP and were therefore delighted to lead on this innovative project, which raised a fantastic £10,400 for two local charities, The Vine and The Gaming Zone".
Simon Jarvis, College Principal added “This is the first year of the CMP Grand Draw and it is great to see that the funds raised will be put to such good use by local charities. Our thanks go to all those who took part by buying and selling tickets and providing the very generous prizes, which were on offer. We look forward to working together with our partners in the CMP going forward”.
More than twenty prizes were donated by CMP members including a Laptop, i-Pad, digital camera, hotel packages and lots more.
Tracy Marlow, Managing Director of CMP enthused that "The Grand Draw is a prime example of exactly what a group of organisations working together can achieve".
About the Vine Day Centre - Find out more
The Vine Day Centre is based in Aldershot, Hampshire and supports homeless and vulnerable adults aged 25 and over. The aim of the Day Centre is to reduce social isolation, enable change and to improve quality of life.
About The Gaming Zone - Find out more
Set up in April 2007 as a direct response to the lack of positive activities for young people in the Mayfield area outside school. The Gaming Zone is an exciting innovative and creative social enterprise that provides free, open-access facilities and support for children and young people throughout the borough of Rushmoor. Working predominantly with those aged between 5 and 18, they do also support and work with young people up to the age of 25.
Step by Step 20th Anniversary Masked Ball
On the evening of Saturday 26 January, Step by Step, the local Aldershot based charity for homeless and vulnerable youngsters, celebrated their 20th anniversary. The occasion was marked by a Venetian style Masked Ball attended by nearly 150 guests, friends and supporters of the organisation including the Mayor, Councillor Crerar, and the Lady Mayoress of Rushmoor, held in the stately splendour of Wellington College.
Diners and dancers enjoyed the entertainment provided by jugglers, games, waltz tuition and an auction, orchestrated by College Principal Simon Jarvis. The wonderful auction lots – all provided freely by supporters of Step by Step – included tea with Sir Gerald Howarth MP, followed by a tour of the Houses of Parliament, a three course meal for eight cooked in your own home by the Queen’s Chef, Rob Kennedy, and a week’s stay in a gorgeous holiday cottage in Swanage. Revellers danced in to the early hours to the music of rock and roll band, The Vice Squad, whose members include several present and former College staff.
Christine Eustace presented Step by Step with a cheque for £1,500, raised by College students. This sum is in addition to the £8,500 raised by students through the sponsored sleep out back in November - read more.
In all, this special evening raised almost £14,000 for this brilliant, most worthy charity.
About Step by Step – find out more.
Step by Step was founded by Bridget Crowther who, on discovering that there was no accommodation or support available for homeless young people in the area, set about raising support and funds. On December 7th 1992 a night hostel for ten young people was opened.
Today Step by Step annually helps 800 young people with accommodation, training and support from their purpose-designed building in Crimea Road, opened in 2011.
- Photographs courtesy of Katy Marlow