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How We've Helped

500 Club Donation 

Septembers Donation.


Suffolk Refugee Support
One of our members nominated his cousin Harriet who was that week taking part in 'The Ration Challenge' (https://www.rationchallenge.org.uk) which raises awareness and funds to help feed and support refugees living in this country and abroad.  Harriet works in the Immigration Department at  Fisher Jones Greenwood Solicitors so sees the hardship faced by Refugees first hand and has managed to raise just under £1800 by eating the same rations as a refugee for a week.  
Wanting to keep our donations as local to us all as possible, The 500 Club Committee decided to  make our donation to Suffolk Refugee Support (https://suffolkrefugee.org.uk) which is based in Ipswich.  This charity supports Refugees, Asylum-seeking families and unaccompanied children that need to take refuge in our country. Harriet and I plan to visit the centre next week to make a presentation of your donation but I thought you would like to see an extract from an email from Martin Simmons expressing their gratitude.
 
"Thanks so much for your email. We were surprised and delighted to hear that we had been nominated by one of your members and chosen by your committee to receive such a generous donation! This will make a real difference to our ability to support highly vulnerable people through the current difficult circumstances and beyond."



Tree of Remembrance in the Magic Garden, Holywells Park
The Tree of Remembrance in Holywells Park, Ipswich was purchased in 2016 to offer local bereaved parents the opportunity to honour their baby in a simple, quiet way. Each leaf is engraved with the name, date of birth and a short message for a baby lost in pregnancy or the neonatal period. Following an article in The Ipswich Star Newspaper recently (https://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/news/holywells-park-ipswich-memorial-tree-cctv-theft-1-6839660) which reports on theft and vandalism in the Magic Garden, The 500 Club Committee like you, I am sure, were shocked that this could happen and have already made a payment to replace the missing leaves.

August Donation.

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This month our donation will be going to the Medical Detection Dog charity and more specifically their work to train dogs to detect the presence of COVID-19 in humans. Whilst The 500 Club predominantly donates to local charities, when this charity was nominated by one of our members our committee felt it an important cause. Alongside their Covid-19 dogs, the dogs are using their amazing noses to keep their clients well and out of hospital, not only are the dogs saving lives, they are also helping the NHS by keeping emergency department visits and admissions down. For more information on these wonderful animals https://www.medicaldetectiondogs.org.uk/covid-19-detection-dogs/.
 
 The charity is very grateful for your donation and I have heard from both the head office and a local trainer who is working hard to train detection dogs in our local community.
 
 'During this particularly difficult time for all charities this generous donation from the Palmer and Partner's 500 Club is very much appreciated and will all go towards our work that saves and enhances lives. In the Essex/Suffolk area we currently have 8 puppies all living with our volunteer socialisers. Today they are cheeky bundles of fur but we hope they will all grow into a fully trained life saving dogs. Your donation will help us with this so much.
 
 Thank you again for your generous donation. ' (local Medical Dog trainer)
 
 'Thank you so much for getting in touch and letting us know about the very generous donation of £500 from members of your club.
You will of course receive an official thank you in due course. I just wanted to get in touch and let you know what a difference your donation makes. In normal circumstances we don’t receive any government funding for our work, so every penny raised for us does really make a difference. It allows us to continue training our dogs to detect the odour of human disease and create lifesaving partnerships.
Thank you so much for choosing to support Medical Detection Dogs'. (Carolyn Green - Medical Detection Dogs)
























Julys Donation.



This month, our committee decided that our donation should go to ‘The GO4 Community Café’ which is based on the recreation ground in Old Heath, Colchester.  Last week, along with the two ‘Alfie’s’ from P&P, I visited the Café to meet Piter and Pepi who run it to present them with our donation and to find out a little more.



Since opening in 2016, the café has become a crucial part of the community in Old Heath providing a safe hub for people to visit be they homeless, elderly, teenage, young mothers or simply just local residents, the GO4 is open to all! Before lockdown, art classes for adults and children with disabilities were held here, the wonderful mural at the top of the page was made during one of these sessions.  More recently, due to COVID, the café obviously was not allowed to open but rather than just close, Pepi and Piter have been busier than ever and spent lockdown delivering food parcels donated by local supermarkets to their local residents. The GO4 café receives no government funding and relies totally on the very small revenue they receive from the café and donations. Pepi and Piter are so very grateful for your donation, it will make a huge difference to the café and enable them to keep helping the community around them.







Junes Donation.


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You may well have read in the local press that Colchester Zoo have been struggling financially during the lockdown period so when one of our Club Members nominated the Zoo for Junes donation, the Committee felt that The 500 Club should support them in some way.  Rather than just donating £500 to the fund we decided it would be better to donate 3 annual family passes to local families who wouldn’t otherwise have access to them.  I have contacted ‘The Monkwick Munch Club’, ‘Reflections Youth Club’ and ‘The GO4 Café’ and asked each of them to put forward a family who would really benefit from an annual pass.  They have all been so appreciative and I am currently in the processes of sorting out their family passes with the Zoo


Mays Donation

May’s donation was nominated by a 500 Club Member whose daughter is a midwife at Ipswich Hospital.  Petals was founded by Karen Burgess in 2011, Karen was originally a counsellor specialising in work with bereaved parents within the NHS in Cambridge. When the funding for her role was cut she was determined to keep supporting bereaved parents, so Petals was born. Since then, the service has grown and covers 8 hospitals including more recently Ipswich hospital.
It seemed poignant to support this much needed charity at a time when on Social Media, families seem to be enjoying so much extra time together during lockdown and as you will see from the quote below, it is much appreciated.
‘Thank you to everyone at Palmer & Partners 500 Club for the very generous donation in support of our service at Ipswich Hospital.  Thanks to you we will be able to fund 8 counselling sessions for parents in need.
Karen Burgess, CEO Petals.





How we have helped through COVID-19 and beyond.


Well, we are now over four weeks into lockdown and the world really does seem like a different place, getting back to our old way of life still seems some way in the distance.  Despite the horrors of this awful virus, I am struck by the bravery, commitment and selfless nature of so many people in our community, not just the fantastic NHS and healthcare staff who are working so hard to keep us safe but the many kind-hearted individuals taking time out to help the vulnerable people around us.
With this in mind, our donation this month has been given to a campaign called ‘Get Colchester Covered’. This fund-raising campaign was instigated by Peter Dutch who started a Facebook page called the Anti-loo Roll Brigade in response to the panic buying last month, his motivation was to ensure that isolated and vulnerable people could get the essentials they needed.  His commitment and energy to help others has been incredible. The Anti-loo Roll Brigade is now in partnership with St Helena Hospice and is trying to raise £15,000 to ensure staff at the Hospice and in our local Care Homes have enough personal protection equipment to keep themselves safe so they can continue to care effectively for their patients.


In addition to our normal £500 donation, The 500 Club has been able to fund a Facebook ‘give away’. The Palmer & Partners office Facebook friends were asked to nominate a Frontline Worker to receive a £50 voucher from a choice of 7 stores.  We announced the winners last night at 8pm and I think you will agree it’s wonderful to be able to give a treat to these amazing people whom we all rely on so much.


  If you would like to become a 500 Club member or have a local cause to nominate, please  contact us on administration@palmerpartners.org and subscribe. For further details on how to subscribe please click here.



Humbling Visit To The Colchester Food Bank Marks The 500 Club’s Inaugural Donation

Palmer & Partners have now successfully launched ‘The Palmer & Partners 500 Club’ and are celebrating their very first donation to a local cause. The 500 Club is a fundraising scheme aimed at helping those in need in our community. We held our first fundraising evening this month with a target of £500. We exceeded this which for all involved was a huge success. The proceeds were used to purchase food and supplies for the Colchester Food Bank. This was chosen by the 500 Club committee as the first beneficiary of the scheme. We here at the 500 Club are extremely grateful to those who have donated, subscribed or came along to the event and we hope to continue this success.

Colchester Food Bank is a charity for everyday people in the Colchester Borough who go hungry for many reasons. This ranges from redundancy to receiving an unexpected bill or simply having a low income and a family to feed. A simple box of food and supplies makes a big difference to someone in need. With Food Banks being pushed to their limits and the number of those in need rising year upon year, we here at the 500 Club felt they were a worthy cause especially coming up to the Christmas break where hundreds go hungry including children. By helping the Food Bank you are helping prevent crime, housing loss, family breakdown and mental health problems.

All involved in the donation have expressed pride in the work done by the Colchester Food Bank and described the experience as humbling. Our volunteers were given a tour of the Food Bank and shown statistics on the level of help it gives each and every day. On the month we visited they had just completed a huge 400 packs for those in need.
We would like to thank the Dedham Co–op in providing us with the food as well as kindly donating towards the Food Bank.
As we grow, more people are reaching out to us and want to be involved.  If you would like to become a 500 Club member or have a local cause to nominate, please  contact us on administration@palmerpartners.org and subscribe. For further details on how to subscribe please click here.



Palmer and Partners 500 club. Colchester estate agents Colchester estate agent, Palmer and Partners helping the food bank. Palmer and Partners 500 club. Palmer and Partners estate agents. Supporting local charities.

                                                                                                 Reflections Youth Club Ipswich


Due to the current situation we had to cancel our planned ‘Beer & Cheese Pairing Evening’. Although, we do plan to rearrange this at some point, the 500 Club committee felt that as all proceeds from the evening had been earmarked to purchase new outdoor equipment for Reflections Youth Club in Ipswich, that this very worthy cause should not miss out and this month’s donation will go to them.
Tavis Spencer-Aikens was tragically killed in a knife attack outside his home in 2018. Since then his parents, Neville and Helen, have thrown themselves into trying to rebuild a sense of community in their area. The Reflections Youth Club is a thriving base for young people to meet in a safe and positive environment. I spoke with Helen last week, she was so grateful for our support and was keen for me to pass on the following message.
“Reflections Youth Club is a club for all children from the age of 8/16, we opened the youth club for the safety of children giving them a safe place to go.  We do a range of arts crafts, outdoor games, snooker, pool, table tennis and much more. Tuck shop and food is also available for the children.  We are all volunteers and we rely on donations to keep the club running.”
“We truly, from the bottoms of our hearts would like to thank The 500 Club for their donation, we were very touched by them contacting us and the children will benefit so much from the donation from you.”
“Knife crime has risen at an all-time high, our passion and aim is to engage and encourage the children of today to stay on a positive path and this amazing donation will help, this is wonderful.  Many thanks”





Young Lives VS Cancer 

In February, Club member Martin Elliott nominated ‘CLIC SARGENT’ a charity supporting children and their families financially, emotionally and practically through cancer. Martin lost his daughter, aged nine, to cancer some years ago, CLIC Sargent helped his whole family through an excruciatingly difficult time. The 500 Club felt privileged to donate to such an important cause that helped one of our members.




Little Louise

This beautiful little girl is Louise, she is 14 months old and as she was born at just 24 weeks has fought for her life many times, she is currently very poorly.  Having received a nomination for Louise and her family in early January the 500 Club Committee felt that little Louise and her family should receive Januarys £500. Our members donation was much appreciated and will help enable this local family to be at Louise’s bedside.

To become a Palmer & Partners 500 Club Member and to help other causes like Little Louise contact administration@palmerpartners500club.org





                                                                                                     Christmas Jumper Day at Palmer & Partners

In December our Palmer & Partner offices held a Xmas Jumper day with all proceeds going to The 500 Club. One of our club members contacted me to nominate the sponsorship of new school dictionaries for the pupils at The Iceni Academy school in Colchester. His father, who is a sprightly 93-year-old, volunteers to help the children there with their reading and told him of the schools need for new dictionaries. The 500 Club loved his community spirit, so it was decided to donate the full £200 they were looking for.  The dictionaries will be presented in September.



The Kernos Centre

Thank you to Karen Smout, our Palmer & Partners 500 Club member who nominated The Kernos Centre in Sudbury for December's donation, the 500 Club Committee felt this a poignant time to help this charity with so many people struggling at Christmas .  The Kernos Centre is a small charity which has been operating since 2003 and who support vulnerable adults and young people in the local area of Sudbury and the surrounding villages to help local people to be heard and to work with their problems and regain their health and wellbeing.  Our donation will help provide counselling to local people in need, who cannot get help on the NHS, nor afford to contribute towards the cost of their counselling, but still desperately need help.
Christine Boatwright, the Clinical Director of The Kernos Centre commented "The local need and demand for our service is much greater now than when we first opened in 2003. Kernos received 449 referrals this year.  134 for children and young people, of which 44 were of primary school age.  We are currently providing 80 face-to-face counselling sessions per week I do believe we are the 'net beneath the net' for so many vulnerable people in our local community. We passionately believe in providing equal access to all.  That is why the Kernos Centre was formed and why we still exist today.
Many thanks to all our generous Club Members who are really making a difference and if you would like more information on how to become a '500 Club Member' and make a difference yourself please do not hesitate to contact administation@palmerpartners500club.org
 
P&P 500 Club Munch Club


As The Palmer & Partners 500 Club is now in full swing, during November we were in the position to make our first subscription based donation of £500. Hayley Trustrum, one of our club members, nominated The Monkwick Munch Club in Colchester after she had met Maureen, who runs the club, by chance last summer on a sunny afternoon in a pub beer garden and after Maureen had explained how she spends her time, Hayley was stuck by what an amazing person Maureen was and what a worth while cause The Munch Club is.  The Munch Club aims to provide children and their families who qualify for free school meals to a hot meal during the school holidays. Having spoken to Maureen, the need for this provision is ever increasing and she has now opened a further two Munch Clubs across Colchester with a fourth soon to be opening.
Just before Christmas a few members of The 500 Club Committee and I went along to the Monkwick Scout Hall where the Munch Club is held and spent a humbling few hours helping Maureen and her team.  It was an experience I know none of us will forget. Firstly, Maureen provided a meal for 15-20 families and as it was Christmas, after the plates had been cleared away each child received a wrapped present which caused great excitement. Following this crates of tinned and packeted food were produced along with fresh meat and fresh vegetables.  Each family was given enough food for the next four days.  Maureen had all this running like clockwork and the following few days would be identical for Maureen with different families in different Munch Clubs. The children and their parents clearly love Maureen and respect everything she does for them.  She truly is an inspiring woman and someone that I can say it's been a privilege to meet.

To become a Palmer & Partners 500 Club Member and to help other causes like The Munch Club contact administration@palmerpartners500club.org
 Colchester letting agents. Supporting the local community


Humbling Visit To The Colchester Food Bank Marks The 500 Club’s Inaugural Donation


Palmer & Partners have now successfully launched ‘The Palmer & Partners 500 Club’ and are celebrating their very first donation to a local cause. The 500 Club is a fundraising scheme aimed at helping those in need in our community. We held our first fundraising evening this month with a target of £500. We exceeded this which for all involved was a huge success. The proceeds were used to purchase food and supplies for the Colchester Food Bank. This was chosen by the 500 Club committee as the first beneficiary of the scheme. We here at the 500 Club are extremely grateful to those who have donated, subscribed or came along to the event and we hope to continue this success.
Colchester Food Bank is a charity for everyday people in the UK who go hungry for many reasons. This ranges from redundancy to receiving an unexpected bill or simply having a low income and a family to feed. A simple box of food and supplies makes a big difference to someone in need. With Food Banks being pushed to their limits and the number of those in need rising year upon year we here at the 500 Club felt they were a worthy cause especially coming up to the Christmas break where hundreds go hungry including children. By helping the Food Bank you are helping prevent crime, housing loss, family breakdown and mental health problems.

All involved in the donation have expressed pride in the work done by the Colchester Food Bank and described the experience as humbling. Our volunteers were given a tour of the Food Bank and shown statistics on the level of help it gives each and every day. On the month we visited they had just completed a huge 400 packs for those in need.
We would like to thank the Dedham Co – op in providing us with the food as well as kindly donating towards the Food Bank.
As we grow, more people are reaching out to us and want to be involved.  If you would like to become a 500 Club member or have a local cause to nominate, please  contact us on administration@palmerpartners.org and subscribe.


 Palmer and Partners 500 club. Colchester estate agents
 Palmer and Partners 500 club supporting local charities
 Colchester estate and letting agents
 Palmer and Partners Colchester estate agents