Throughout the short history of the charity it has been our policy that everything we do to raise funds should combine with promoting public awareness of the aims of the charity, should seek to involve young people and, where possible, should seek to commemorate the youth we have lost by celebrating the talents of youth in our community today.
Many local businesses have engaged with our vision, whether by means of cash donations (including large amounts from Waitrose, CPM, and McCormicks), donation of raffle prizes (including £ 1000 from Sainsburys), giving time and resources to assist our events, down to hosting our collection tins on shop counters. Brothers Community Spirit and Thame Round Table have been particularly energetic supporters in our fund raising efforts. Individuals and smaller groups have happily donated in many different ways, including the purchase of charity wrist bands, and a number of donations have been received from the families of some of the youngsters who have died.
Local schools have been major contributors through mufti days, hosting our Quiz Night, and a collection at Barley Hill’s Concert Night, and individual year groups at Lord Williams’s have arranged their own events on our behalf. Over £ 800 was raised by a Disco Party at the James Figg (to be repeated in December) and local youngsters performed for us at a Youth Variety Night at the Player’s Theatre (see sampler at http://vimeo.com/10857638 ), which was also the culmination of our Grand Draw Raffle which raised £3500.
Forthcoming events include a Rock Night planned for the autumn, a Corporate Golf Day at Magnolia Park in September, another Quiz Night, and a Gala Dinner next spring, plus numerous smaller activities and a number of externally organised events from which we will be beneficiaries.
Public awareness of the charity, and its aims and objectives, is high and we are continually surprised by the breadth of support from all sectors of the local community.