Diocese of Rochester's Hope 2018 initiative. Do come along and join us, and find out about what is happening already, our plans for the future and how YOU can get involved. There will be an opportunity to chat to Princess Project staff and volunteers, and to sample our trademark purple cupcakes. We hope you can join us!
Princess Project @ Fusion
On Wednesdays in term-time (apart from the first Wednesday of the month, when Totcycle is held), members of the Princess Project team will be on hand in Fusion Healthy Living Centre Café, Park Wood, to meet and chat to mums. We'll even buy you a cuppa! There's a small play area for little ones, and as well as finding out more about how the Princess Project may be able to support you, it is also a great opportunity to discover some of the other great groups and services that take place at Fusion.
New Community Support Worker now in post
We welcomed Beth Thompson into the Princess Project family this week as she joined the team as our new community support worker. She is pictured here on her first day, already hard at work sorting a mountain of Totcycle donations! Having Beth on the team means that we can support more mums, both in Maidstone and Medway, and we are all very excited about this new chapter in our PP journey. Thank you to all of our wonderful supporters who have faithfully prayed, donated, fundraised, and provided timely words of support and encouragement to allow us to make this appointment. Welcome Beth- we hope you really enjoy working with us!
Glitter Ball a sparkling success!
On Saturday 14th October, the Princess Project fundraising committee welcomed 115 guests to our Glitter Ball at the Village Hotel. Guests were entertained by talented local music ensemble Flare; had their photographs taken in all their glitzy, glamorous splendour; enjoyed a delicious 3 course meal, and danced the night away at the disco. But most importantly, it was a chance to celebrate some of what the Princess Project teams have been up to throughout the year, hear stories of lives changed- including the amazing Beth who bravely stood up and told her story with no preparation or notes but had everyone hanging on her every word and moved many of us to tears. We had an auction of amazing lots, compered by multi-talented Mike Stamp (who also took the photographs!), who kept the bidding going at a frantic pace and made sure there was never a dull moment, and also a raffle- in total we raised over £4,000 which is absolutely fantastic. The ball committee are going to be taking a well-deserved break next year, but the Princess Project ball will be coming back in 2019, bigger and better than ever!
Thank you to everyone who contributed to this event- the committee, the band, the volunteers who helped on the night, everyone who contributed to the raffle and auction, and of course to all our very generous guests.
Music On the Green
We are delighted to announce that we have been chosen to be one of the beneficiary charities of 2018's Music on the Green festival! This is taking place on Bearsted Green on Sunday 26th August and we are very excited to be a part of it. Nearer the time we will be looking for lots of volunteers to help out and act as stewards so if this interests you, do get in touch!
Even thought we pride ourselves on doing a lot on a small budget at the Princess Project, we still need money.... so we are very grateful to the following trusts and organisations who have generously given us grants recently, which will not only allow us to continue with all the work we are currently doing, but to start to expand that work by supporting mums in Medway as well as in Maidstone, and by employing a new part-time Mums' Community Support worker in the autumn.
Kent Community Foundation awarded us a grant of £5,000 to run
our town centre Hub for a year
Whitehead Monckton Charitable Foundation
awarded us £1,000 towards the cost of employing
a mums' community support worker
Help a Maidstone Child gave us a grant of £500 towards our
work with disadvantaged families in Maidstone
The Samuel Bentlif Annuity gave us a donation of £8,000 towards our work.
The Cobtree Charity Trust gave us a grant of £750 towards our work
Golding Vision gave us a grant of £200 to buy a laptop for
our new community support worker
A huge THANK YOU from the trustee, staff, volunteers and clients of the Princess Project, both to the organisations above, and also to the many other individuals and organisations who support us financially on an ongoing basis. We so appreciate your generosity!
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