Dates for your Diary
Totcycle @ The Hub Holiday Opening Hours: Friday 11th and Friday 25th August
10am-12pm. Normal term time sessions (every Friday 10am-2pm) restart
on Friday 8th September
Summer Events See flyer below
Applications for Sunday 3rd September- Sunday 24th September
Mums' Community See recruitment page for more information
Totcycle Wednesday 13th September, Wednesday 4th October
10.30-12, Christ Church, Park Wood
Glitter Ball Saturday 14th October, 6.30pm-1.00am, Village Hotel. See Ball page for
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.
Coming up soon..... the GLITTER BALL!
It's not long now until the event of the year- the Princess Project Glitter Ball! This is a chance to put on your sparkly best and join the Princess Project team for an evening of good food, live music, dancing, glitz and glamour. There are amazing auction lots and raffle prizes up for grabs, and all profit goes directly towards the work of the Princess Project, so you can have fun whilst knowing you are raising money for a great cause at the same time! The evening is a celebration of all we have done over the past year, and you will get a chance to hear from some of our mums and see first hand what we do, as well as what we have planned going forwards.
We do still have some tickets left so it's not too late for you to be part of it. You really don't want to miss out! Contact us in the office for more information or to buy tickets. Tables seat up to 12 guests, but tickets can be bought individually too. We really hope you can join us!
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.
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!
Helen Grant's Visit
On 24th March, Maidstone and the Weald MP Helen Grant visited the Hub to find out more about the charity, have a guided tour, and meet some of our mums and volunteers. The mums explained to her the vital assistance the charity provides to them as they deal with the challenges and the excitement that comes with being a new Mum.
Helen said, 'It was a delight to spend some time with the wonderful staff and visitors at the Princess Project. It is a very important organisation, providing essential support to new Mums at a time of great excitement but also, for some, a time of upheaval and uncertainty. As a mother, I know how important it is to be able to meet supportive people who can completely relate to your situation, and offer help and advice. The good people of Maidstone have been extremely generous in donating equipment for the charity. However, the project is in need of further funding in order to be able to expand the service it provides by employing an extra part-time support worker.'
Emma Tanner said, 'It was great to welcome Helen to our Mum's Hub, tell her a bit about our work, and introduce her to some of the mums we support- they really appreciated her interest in them and their situations. Our aim at the Princess Project is to love and support vulnerable mums in our community, and make them feel valued and special, and their Member of Parliament chatting to them over a cup of coffee definitely helped them to feel that.'
Graham's Marathon Effort
We are very grateful to superstar supporter Graham Tanner, husband of our CEO Emma, who raised over £700 for us in April by running the Brighton Marathon! After months of training in the cold, damp and dark, it was very hot and sunny which was a bit of a shock to the system- but he did brilliantly and all his support team were very proud, both of his amazing run, and of the impressive amount of money he raised, which will help us to support more mums in Maidstone and beyond.
24-7 Prayer for Maidstone
In April, the Princess Project team organised 24 hours of prayer for our lovely town of Maidstone. This was a great opportunity to talk to (and listen to!) God in a variety of different ways- through words, music, silence, or even paper aeroplanes and playdough! We maintained an unbroken chain of prayer for the whole 24 hours, and it was a very special time. A big thank you to everyone who took part.
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