What a wonderful way to spread some good Christmas Cheer!
The Bus Stop Club broke its record this Christmas by cooking and delivering a total of 60 Christmas dinners to individuals and families we support! This was in place of having a sit down meal together at the Centre with clients and volunteers from our various projects including After School Craft, CAP Debt Centre, MOAT Courses (1:2:1 Management of Anxiety and Trauma Recovery), Food Store Cupboard and many others who receive our support.
Each dinner was delivered to the door by one of our super volunteers with a smile and a large goody bag full of generously donated groceries and treats. We say a big thank you again to all involved from those donating and collecting food supplies to assembling meals and goody bags to driving and delivering them. Thank you! Clients have said what a difference this made at this time, with some texting or sending us a Christmas card saying thank you!
Our summer sponsored challenge organized by Derek Howshall started last Saturday at 10:00am outside St. Mary’s Church in Ferndown, as the town crier Mike Andrews called everyone together to listen to Ferndown Mayor Cathy Lugg officially open the Zip Wire Challenge. The event was managed by Dave Talbot Adventure Ltd who we know well from last years abseil challenge.
First down the wire was the Deputy Mayor Steve Lugg dressed as Superman followed ‘hot on the wire’ by our Project Manager Susan Sutherland. Many people took part in the challenge throughout the day, Councillor Terry Cordery, Barrington Centre Manager Andy Bryant, team members from the Bus Stop Club, as well as several local people, one whom came dressed as a 1980’s free spirited lady.
As is the same again this year, we are raising funds to finance the continued operation of our Centre, home of our Charity so that we can support local families and vulnerable adults from in and around Ferndown.
Project Manager Susan said “It was a glorious day for the event and we thank everyone who stepped over the tower edge and zipped down the wire. We would also like to thank everyone who raised money through sponsorship which will help fund the many projects we aim to continue running at the centre.”
We have been reviewing many of the activities that have been running at The Bus Stop Club over recent years and we would like to place on record our grateful thanks to the many donors, both individual and corporate, and the many charitable trusts, which have provided grant funding to support our activities. Only with this continued level of support can we continue to support the most needy families in East Dorset.
We would like to acknowledge the following organisations and individuals.
East Dorset District Council, East Dorset Housing Association, Turbary Church, South West Foundation, St Mark’s Church West Parley, The Souter Christian Trust, East Dorset Health Authority, Ferndown town Council, Alice Ellen Cooper-Dean Charitable Foundation, Talbot Village Trust, Wimborne and Ferndown Lions Club, Synergy Housing, West Parley Rotary Club, BBC Radio Solent Community Chest, Hall & Woodhouse Community Fund, Seedbed Charitable Trust, Dorset Community Foundation, The Monica Rabagliati Trust, The Pitt-Rivers Trust, Tear Fund Micro-grant, Lloyds TSB, St Mary’s Church Ferndown, Hope Church Ferndown, Money Saving Expert (MSE) Charity, JP Morgan, Wessex Water.
We can say with great conviction that many many families and individuals from the East Dorset area have benefited in so many ways from the events organised at The Bus Stop Club and continue to do so.