St Margarets Fair - Update on Funds Raised
A huge thank you to everyone from St Stephen’s who stewarded at the St Margarets Fair in the summer.The Fair was a great success and raised an amazing amount of money for local schools and charities. St Stephen’s, along with the other participating schools, received a donation of £2,500 from the Fair.
In addition three charities received money from the Fair.
TAG Youth Club
TAG Youth Club for Disabled Young People aims to empower and optimise the potential of young people who have a disability between the ages of 8 and 25. This is achieved through a range of work, at both their youth centre and in the community; Youth Workers support young people through informal and experiential learning in order to gain knowledge, skills, make informed choices and to assist in their personal development. With their donation from the St Margarets Fair TAG plan to set up a sensory book library where children and young people can have access to borrow a range of sensory books. These books can be very expensive to purchase and many families are unable to afford to buy them. Books can cost between £50 and £140 each. The books will be available for individuals and local organisations to borrow free of charge ensuring there is no barrier to anyone wishing to use the books.
Together as One
Together As One is a drop-in service primarily for people in LBRuT who suffer from mental health difficulties. However TAO welcomes anyone suffering loneliness or social isolation and they do now also have members with learning difficulties and Down’s Syndrome.
It is a constant challenge for Together as One to pay their rent so they can continue to run this vital service and they are always fundraising for that. The funds they received from this year’s Fair have been ring-fenced to enable them to continue with their very popular therapeutic music group given by Otakar Kraus.
Founded by Richmond resident Penny Wade in 1987 after the deaths of 2 homeless individuals sleeping rough on Richmond’s riverbank, SPEAR offers services to homeless and vulnerably housed people. They are a local charity operating in the Richmond and Twickenham and in the last 3 years 4 other SW London Boroughs have commissioned their services.
SPEAR is not just about housing, they aim to support clients in their journey to independent living and reaching their goals through various services including their Rough Sleepers Outreach Team, an extensive Skills and Development Programme, the Tenancy Sustainment Team, a Resettlement Service, Homeless Health Link Service and Service User Involvement.
SPEAR will use the donation from the Fair across their key areas which all contribute to their ultimate aim of providing a pathway from life on the streets to independent living in the London Borough of Richmond.
Other donations made by the Fair
Money raised at the Fair is also funding a Christmas Dinner for local senior citizens that is being held at the Turks Head on Tuesday 3 December. This is a much loved annual event that takes place thanks to the funds raised on the day of the Fair.
The Fair Committee have again been able to make a donation to ‘Christmas Day Dinner - Richmond’ who create an amazing Christmas Day for 18-25 year olds who have recently left care homes (https://christmasdayrichmond.com). A donation has also been made to pay for a primary school in Kensington, who were greatly effected by the Grenfell Tower tragedy, to have a whole school day out to Kew Gardens.
So thank you again to our amazing stewards. Your hard work on the day really makes a difference to our school, the local community and beyond.
Can you get involved with the Fair in 2020?
We are looking for volunteers who can help manage the St Stephen’s Stewards in 2020. We normally have a team of 4 steward managers who manage everything on the day. One of our steward managers left St Stephen’s last year so we need to find someone else to join the team. We are also looking for someone who can become involved in planning the stewarding in the run up to the Fair and represent St Stephen’s on the Fair Committee. Please contact Tracey Butcher (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Debra Quantrill (email@example.com) for a no obligation chat about what is involved.