A representative from the Tattenhall Beer Festival Committee presented a cheque in the sum of £1250 to 'Save The Family' at their base outside Chester earlier this week.
Seen in the photograph are Chairman, John Church, and Events and Fundraising Co-ordinator, Dan Read.
You will all recall that in October, Tattenhall Charity Beer Festival raised a staggering £3750 for our chosen national and local groups i.e. MIND, Save the Family and OPAL (Older People Active Lives). Since MIND has no regional representatives, we decided (on this occasion) to either send and/or hand-deliver our fund-raising donations.
So, what does an organisation like 'Save the Family' actually do and how do they intend to spend such a sizeable donation you ask.
I spent over an hour at the organisation and was given a conducted tour by Dan. There are 32 self-contained units of varying size on site which accommodate individuals who have been referred from a variety of backgrounds such as abusive conditions, homelessness or rent and housing arrears (more especially in the delays that have been publicised nationally relating to the administration of housing credits). Many of us are 'just one payday away from real hardship', sometimes through absolutely no fault of our own.
The site comprises secure self-contained accommodation, a sports hall, a gym (with equipment donated from local businesses), a craft shack and craft room, a hall (already dressed for the Christmas Nativity Play and the arrival of Father Christmas) and children's play areas (both inside and out). There is also a communal dining area where staff, volunteers and residents are encouraged to have lunch together on at least two occasions weekly.
During my visit, a volunteer was busy stitching costumes for the seasonal production, another was creating festive Christmas hampers from non-perishable donations, and 3 bar and waiting staff from 'The Alchemist' in Chester were busy painting one of the units on the 'Currency of Kindness' scheme (see photo of Tom, Lewis and Sean) in which 'The Alchemist' encourages its teams to donate over 300 valuable hours a month in supporting local communities by taking time off from work to volunteer – whilst still being paid. What an amazing investment in local communities!
And on what will our donation be spent? Some will be allocated to repairs (particularly a digital display panel on a heating system which is in need of attention), new bedding and household items for the units (as individuals move on from this transitional process, they take with them all the household items from their accommodation unit) and, it is likely too, that some will be spent on Christmas activities.
Thank you to everyone who supported the Tattenhall Charity Beer Festival 2017, the profits of which will make a real difference to organisations like 'Save the Family'.
If you wish to get involved and volunteer, then contact Jocelyn on 01244 409100.