Representatives from local businesses and community groups were invited to the Chiltern Centre for Disabled Children to say a big thank you for supporting the centre yesterday (Monday).
The centre is very grateful to Bagatelle Toys, Hotel du Vin, Harringtons Hairdressers, Strada, Caversham Heath Golf Club and Regal Picturehouse who have all given prizes for their raffles. Chair of the Trustees, Paul Barrett said, “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you all and give you recognition publicly for donating because we don’t take you for granted the help you give us. We know that you’re a business and that you’re giving things away that cost you.”
Henley Lions was thanked for their huge support since the Centre’s inception and particularly for donating some of the proceeds again this year from the Santa’s Grotto at Toad Hall.
The Baskerville Arms pub in Shiplake have raised just below £2,000 for the Centre over the last couple of years. This Christmas they raised money through their Christmas puddings which they sold at the Shiplake Village shop and donations from their carol evening. Kevin and Kate Hannah from The Baskerville Arms said, “We really like to support local children’s charities. The demanding work that they do at the Chiltern Centre is incredible and the staff should be recognised for their brilliant care of the young people.”
Paul went on to thank Hobbs of Henley and Henley Literary Festival who supported the centre’s night at the Living Advent Calendar and to the churches; St Mary’s and Holy Trinity Church for their donations through collections.
In the evening the crew and cast of Jeux D`Esprit (pictured below) who put on a magical light and sound show of two fairy tales – Blue Beard written by Charles Perrault and The Last Prince which was written and illustrated by the Herald’s cartoonist, Steve Allender in November. The show raised £630 through donations for the centre.
Paul concluded by saying, “That’s just the Christmas period that you all helped support us and it is thanks to the local community and businesses in the local community that we are able to keep going. It’s amazing to me that we do get that support and the community is so wonderful and makes Henley the place it is.”