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How We've Helped

500 Club Donation

Aprils Donation.

This month our committee decided The 500 Club donation should go to Stepping Stones Learn and Play Group in Colchester.  Stepping Stones was set up in 1991 following requests from parents to give both mainstream children and those with additional needs the opportunity to play and learn together, where their child would not  be the only one with additional needs and where staff had knowledge to meet the individual needs of the children who go there.

A integral member of the group's team is William, the pet turtle.  Recently, it became clear that William was outgrowing his surroundings and whilst Stepping Stones is a registered charity which relies solely on funding and donations they had no choice but to dig deep into their reserves and purchase William a new home.  As you know, finding new homes is second nature to us here at P&P, so it seemed particularly fitting to help William with his. "This is such amazing news, we feel it is so important that the children have the opportunity to interact and be involved in the care of animals. So as you know we have the turtle, William. We are hoping to be able to get some fish soon as the children with additional needs find this very therapeutic."  Sue Townsend Group Coordinator.


Marchs Donation.

Ross - St Helena's Hospice

Our donation this month has gone to Ross Devereaux who will be running the London Marathon for St Helena Hospice in memory of his father.  Ross wrote to me upon hearing of our donation and I think sharing his email speaks volumes.

'In October, I will be running the London Marathon to help raise money for Hospice UK (http://www.hospiceuk.org/).  Hospice UK is the national charity working for those experiencing dying, death and bereavement. My dad, Keith, sadly passed away in 2009 after a battle with prostate cancer.  Before he passed away both he and my family were provided with help, assistance, care and support from St. Helena Hospice in Colchester (https://www.sthelena.org.uk/).  I will never forget the acts of the amazing staff there who helped us all through an incredibly difficult time. Palliative care is difficult to discuss for many people but provides an essential service to ensure those close to passing can live as well as possible until death, where they can then die with dignity.  I hope that by raising some money and awareness for Hospice UK we can promote some understanding of the great work that hospices do both locally and across the country and help make people's lives a little easier at a time when they need the support more than ever. This is the second time in three years that I will be running the London Marathon, having previously raised money for the National Autistic Society. I’ve been a monthly donor to the Palmer & Partners 500 Club since it was created and have seen what great work it does for local charitable causes.  I am grateful to Debbie, Meg and the team who nominated me for this incredibly generous donation.'


Easter Egg giveaway
We had a fantastic response to our social media campaign to find 5 local causes to receive £50 worth of Easter Eggs.  The eggs are currently being distributed to the following organisations who are very thankful to you all and will be dishing out the eggs next week to the children they are involved with.

The Monkwick Munch Club - providing hot meals for children and their families
Lighthouse Womens Aid - http://lighthousewa.org.uk/ 
Kernos Centre - https://kernos.org/ 
Home Start, Colchester - https://www.homestartcolchester.org.uk/ 
Uturn, Clacton on Sea - https://uturn4support.co.uk/ 

Februarys Donation.

The Befriending Scheme, Sudbury, Suffolk

This month our donation goes to the Befriending Scheme and more specifically the Friends Community Farm which is based in Assington near Sudbury.  

The scheme plans to purchase greenhouse staging (rather than the supermarket crates seen above) to enable them to grow more plants to sell at the local farmers market.  As you will see from the message below from Emma Lowery who manages the charity your donation is much appreciated and will make a real difference.

We are a small charity based in Suffolk. The charity has been delivering vital services across the county for the past 30 years. We offer a range of services to vulnerable adults and young people including; one to one befriending services, social groups, out and about groups, advice and guidance and more recently care farming services (involving people in real and meaningful tasks on a small farm). The work we do is vital in reducing isolation and improving wellbeing. We work predominantly with adults and young people who have learning disabilities and / or mental health issues, we support people to build lasting friendships and become part of the community. We have an amazing team of volunteers and paid staff that work tirelessly to deliver these services, as you can imagine the need for our services has hugely increased during this difficult time!

Our Care Farm has been offered a stall at a farmers market in Sudbury, we have begun growing a range of bedding plants and herbs to sell at the market. Your kind donation will enable us to purchase some staging for our polytunnel, the staging will double our growing space and make the working space feel much more professional for our members. We can't thank you enough for you kind donation, we will send some photos of the staging in action once it arrives. Thanks again for your generous donation it really will make a huge difference.

Januarys Donation.


Lads need Dads
 
Lads Need Dads was nominated by our member Roy Steward. As an award winning, not-for-profit company which is based in Tendring, the group was set up to prevent potential problems and address existing ones where boys are missing a father-figure in their lives, their belief is that prevention is crucial in reducing the growing number of boys coming from fatherless homes who under achieve at school, struggle with mental health, are excluded from school or engage in offending behaviour.  They achieve this by providing male-led group mentoring programs, bush-craft survival training, outdoor activities, life-skills training, volunteering opportunities, leadership and Peer mentoring.
 
Shortly after the committee met (via zoom of course) I contacted Sonia Shaljean who founded and runs Lads Need Dads to let her know of our intended donation. Sonia mentioned that some of the boys are in need of laptops, obviously due to the current situation with home-schooling to be without one is extremely detrimental. As luck would have it, Roy runs a computer support business in Colchester (http://www.tcssupport.co.uk) and has come to the rescue, he has generously refurbished some unwanted laptops free of charge meaning that not only can we equip the boys with the machines they need but can still make our donation to give Lads Needs Dads extra funds to spend on the boys as and when they need to

Decembers Donations.

The Castlegate Centre
 
The Castlegate Centre in George Street, Colchester is a charity which caters for adults of all ages with a variety of complex difficulties. The centre not only provides educational, art and therapeutic therapies for it's service users but gives valuable respite for parents and carers offering support and a friendly environment to meet. The centre is an independent charity which like so many other small organisations works tirelessly and quietly to provide an essential haven for many that need it whilst being unsupported or financially supported.

 When Sandy French, one of our members, who works at the centre teaching pottery nominated Castlegate as they wish to upgrade the sensory room there, it seemed evident that there was a real need for them to get as much help as possible.  Initially, we planned to purchase them a music system to play calming music in the sensory room but we managed to find one for them without cost.  We are now in the process of purchasing a new Fridge/freezer and vacuum cleaner so that they can focus their funds on redecoration.  As you will see from the correspondence below from Sandy, your donation is very much appreciated.

"On behalf of the Castlegate Day Centre, I would like to offer a huge Thank You to the 500 Club for your proposed donation of a compact music system. This will be so useful in our Sensory Room, helping, among other things, to block out the noise from the main hall. The Sensory Room is very small. It has not been updated in 25 years so our aim in 2021 is to update the entire room to make it even more of a safe, secure, relaxing sanctuary. Our therapist Liz was hoping to use your donation for a new massage chair to make it easier to transfer people from wheelchairs into a comfortable position. However, the chair required is mega expensive, so we thought the music system would prove to be a relaxing alternative. Because the room is small, we do not have space for speakers so a compact system will be absolutely ideal. Music plays such an important roll to all our Service Users, Carers and Tutors/Staff. Castlegate aims to provide a safe, secure and happy place for all. So many people say it is like coming home. The Sensory Room is an inner sanctum where our Service Users can safely relax and let go of the challenges life gives them. We hope to completely redecorate, with the help of another Organisation, replace the outdated lighting system and specialties and generally make an even more restful space. First we must find funds for a new 'fridge/freezer and vacuum cleaner (so boring but necessary), then the Sensory room is our priority. It is an exciting challenge and your very kind and welcome donation has given us a real boost. From the bottom of our hearts, Thank You".

The Exceptional Food Company
 
During December we ran a 'Lockdown Hero' campaign on social media. Our followers were asked to nominate a person who has gone above and beyond to help others during the COVID-19 crisis to receive a hamper from The Exceptional Food Company. It was humbling to hear of the many wonderful, giving people who dedicate their time and energy to support others.  After much deliberation from Committee, Peter Dutch, who founded the Anti-Loo- Roll brigade in Colchester received the hamper.

Christmas Jumper Day with a difference!
 
 Thank you to all our Partners, Paul Devereux, Simon Clow, Jon Gallop, Brady Rackham and James Linnett who all agreed to allow their staff members to dress them in these amazing outfits as long as they received at least £50 each in pledged donations.  I am pleased to say that this campaign went beyond our expectations and we managed to raise over £500!  Our partners obviously need to dress like this more often!!Thanks to the generous money pledged we are able to make a generous donation to 'Next Chapter' (The Women's Refuge). We have purchased 50 x £10 supermarket vouchers which will be issued to women and their children who are living and being supported by the refuge in the Clacton on Sea area.
"Next Chapter would like to give a heartfelt thank you to Palmer and Partners 500 Club on behalf of our many service users who will benefit hugely from your generosity.  We support a considerable number of domestic abuse victims and their children in the Tendring area, many of which who are struggling to make ends meet for the most basic items as a consequence of their situation, and this is on top of the significant trauma and abuse they have been through.  To be able to provide a supermarket voucher to a family in need at a time of crisis will make a world of difference.  Thank you. (Sally Harrison, Director of Adult Services)".

Novembers Donations.

The Giving Tree
Essex Police are currently running a campaign to facilitate an exchange gifts donated by the community and pass on to children across Colchester and Essex who, through no fault of their own will receive very little or nothing at Christmas time. Some of these children are our most vulnerable young people and this year especially, this initiative hopes to brighten their Christmas. We have purchased £500 worth of toys for children ranging from 1-16 years. Earlier this week our office in Crouch Street was visited by the local constabulary who collected a car full of presents ready for wrapping!
 


Beacon House
Beacon House provides primary healthcare services to people who are homeless, in insecure accommodation or at risk of homelessness in Colchester. The centre provides much need facilities including laundry, showering, clothing and toiletries and can give practical help such as medical care, occupational therapy, personal development and health awareness. I have spoken to Susan King from Beacon House who informed me of  crucial items that they need. We will soon be delivering 4 x pop up tents, 4 x sleeping bags, 4 x backpacks and 4 pairs of men's jeans.  Shortly after speaking to her, I received the following email:-
Hi Debbie,
Thank you very much for your call earlier, we are so grateful to hear of the donation of items coming from yourselves. We run solely on donations, and the items like tents, sleeping bags, and clothing are only ever available for our visitors when we have stock to give! With the absence of a night shelter this winter, keeping our rough sleepers warm, dry, and safe is our top priority, and this is only something we can achieve with help from supporters like you. Thanks again!

The Poppy Ward, Woodlands Unit, Ipswich Hospital
The Poppy Ward at the Woodlands unit offers intensive treatment and support to those suffering with acute mental health issues in our area.  We have contacted the ward manager who consulted with the staff and patients to come up with a list of item for the patients and their families will be able to enjoy. As you can see by her response, it's evident that they rarely receive donations. We have had such fun with our patients making a wish list, it feels like Christmas has come early!  We would love it if you could buy us some things rather than simply donate the money and these are the things we would find really helpful on the ward; Scalextric extreme speed set, DVD player, Light show wireless speakers, Fitness Dice, any remaining monies as hobby craft vouchers so we can top up our art supplies. We have a huge focus on activities on poppy ward as research shows us that using activity not only helps recovery it also reduces aggression and hostility, the one thing that increases violence on our wards is boredom.  
Thank you so much again from everyone on Poppy.

Octobers Donation.

Ella's Fight
As we move into our second lockdown, it's clear that this awful virus is challenging our amazing NHS, not only to care for those suffering with COVID-19 but for those people already battling existing medical conditions.
When Daniel Keen contacted me from our Sudbury office to tell me of Ella Wolff, a local young woman who is bravely fighting cancer who now has added obstacles (see links below) in order to receive treatment that could save her life, it felt heart-breaking. Ella and her family are now left to fund her own treatment and as you will see from the top link below their campaign is gaining momentum although they have some way to go. When The 500 Club Committee met in October it was a unanimous decision to support 'Ella's Fight'
 
https://uk.gofundme.com/f/evtkm-ella039s-fight
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8890653/50-000-cancer-cases-MISSED-Staggering-number-patients-gone-undiagnosed-crisis.html
https://www.itv.com/news/anglia/2020-10-20/the-forgotten-c-patients-fear-pandemic-is-leaving-cancer-care-in-crisis?fbclid=IwAR134DjBJFtW85QMoKBvPNxUFm7ZSQDQAPHMXLnNheMNczbowsF8coHOlJk
 
 Ella is Currently recovering from her first bout of treatment and having spoken to her sister, who is exceptionally grateful for our donation, I have passed on all our best wishes to Ella.
 
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.



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                                                                                                 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
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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.


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 Palmer and Partners 500 club supporting local charities
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