Goodbye Lea

We said a very sad farewell to Lea Ossenkopp, our intern from Germany who had been with us for ten months and who had been a wonderful additonal pair of hands, willing to do anything asked of her from parents and toddlers, to children’s work, to Reach Shop work and so the list went on… we shall miss her greatly.

Reducing Food Waste

We are one of six local charities selected by Tesco Stores in the city to receive their surplus food. This is food that no longer matches their stringent display standards but is well within the use by dates. We are receiving both bakery and fruit and vegetables which, in turn, we are making available to the community, either free or through making into meals. Congratulations Tesco on this initiative to reduce their food waste!

Easter Fair

On the 18th March we held our traditional Easter Fair which was very well attended. We were able to raise over £600 for our work in the community through this event which well exceeded expectations. All had a good time too which is what it is all about!

Work Experience

Shaun is one of our education students for whom we have found a works experience placement in a local garage. This is a talented young man, very practical, and he is looking to translate his placement into an apprenticeship with them. The young man now and the young man who came to us some two years ago are unrecognisable! We wish him every success as he nears the end of his time with us.

Sunbeams Music Trust

We have entered into a new ‘partnership’ with Annie Mawson’s Sunbeams Music Trust. We provide the community contacts and venue and they provide the very talented musicians to work with the children, many of whom appreciate this type of therapy and all of whom thoroughly enjoy the time with them. There is hidden musical talent in these children and we look forward to how it all develops.

Carols by Candlelight Service

Perhaps the highlight for us was a packed Hall for our Community Carols by Candlelight Christmas Eve Service. The children from our Children’s Church performed a very dignified and meaningful performance of the Nativity to a background of readings and carols. It was the perfect way to commence our celebrations of the birth of Jesus Christ. With music from Ruth Slater and Technical aspects from Mike, Toby and Peter Little, it was definitely a case of Lights, Music and Action!

Gifts galore!

We were again grateful to the Salvation Army in Carlisle for including us in the distribution of presents in time for Christmas to children in the area who had experienced a difficult year. This was a tremendous boost to us and to the children. However, this was not the only act of generosity this year, for the Tesco stores in Carlisle also included us in their gift run as one of their chosen charities for which we were extremely grateful. The delivery van arrived with what we expected to be a couple of trays of toys and gifts, but one van load was insufficient to bring it all, we have had two delivery vans bringing goods to us! We have been astounded by the volume of goods received and are now planning the most effective and efficient way to distribute all of the items provided.

Christmas 2015

December was an extremely busy period for us and we thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it! There have been too many events to mention really but some of the children’s ones are as follow:

Children’s Church Christmas Party on the 10th
Sing a Long with Mickey and Minnie on the 11th
Supper with Santa and Mrs Claus on the 17th

Community Christmas Meal

On the 7th December, staff from the two Tesco stores in Carlisle came to our Community Hall to offer their services to provide, prepare and then cook, a full Christmas meal. This was a mammoth effort serving over 80 people, all of whom fully appreciated the occasion and the generosity of Tesco. All we can say is a massive thank you for a great effort!