President Eleanor chose two charities for the Club to support in her year of office: Pets as Therapy (PAT) and Chesnut Lodge Special School sensory garden appeal.
President Eleanor’s dog, Ellie, has been trained as a PAT dog and part of Ellie’s work consisted of visiting children at Chesnut Lodge Special school. It was during one of these visits that Eleanor heard about the appeal to raise a staggering £60,000 to pay for an upgrade to their tired sensory garden area which is in desperate need of a make-over after years of use. Eleanor thought the two charities complemented each other and decided to raise funds for both organisations.
Numerous fundraising events took place such as: coffee mornings/evenings, a strawberry tea, a stall at Cronton Gala, a natter night, a Body Shop at Home event, Christmas Bingo and our Burn’s Night Supper. Raffle tickets were sold at all our events for our superb raffle and the draw took place at the Burn’s Night Supper.