Dates for your Diary
Totcycle @ The Hub Every Friday during term-time, 10am-2pm, URC Hall, Maidstone
(Accessed from Fremlin Walk- at the bottom of the alleyway between
Pandora and Clinton Cards)
Befriender Inform- Monday 20th November, 7pm, Christ Church, Luton Road, Chatham
ion Evening ME4 5BT
Fusion drop-in Wednesday 15th, 22nd, 29th November and 13th December
10am-12pm, Fusion Healthy Living Centre, Cobb Way, Park Wood (see below)
Totcycle Wednesday 8th November, Wednesday 6th December
10.30-12, Christ Church, Park Wood
Christmas Party Friday 22nd December, 4-6pm, Christ Church, Park Wood
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.
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!
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