The Herald’s Community Champion Awards party in aid of the Chiltern Centre for Disabled Children which took place on 25 January at Henley Rugby Club raised an amazing £2,250.
The money was raised through ticket sales, a raffle and a true/false game and will be used to to purchase a new trampoline which will be sunk into the ground allowing it be accessible for the all the young people including those in wheelchairs who visit and stay at the centre unlike the normal above ground one they have at the moment.
Herald Founder and Editor, Michaela Clarke, presented the cheque to Emma Lerche-Thomsen and Jane Ainslie of the Chiltern Centre on Wednesday. Michaela said, “I’d like to thank everyone who came to the party and gave so generously and to Phyllis Court Club, Laurence Menswear, Hotel du Vin, Hurley House Hotel, Henley Rugby Club and Henley Festival who donated fantastic raffle prizes. The amount raised was truly above my expectations and I’m delighted that we can buy this new trampoline. I look forward to coming back to see it installed and the children enjoying themselves on it.”
Jane Ainslie, Head of Fundraising at The Chiltern Centre said, “The Chiltern Centre is so grateful for the amazing support we receive from The Henley Herald in raising our profile. We were thrilled to have been chosen to be the receiving charity for the inaugural awards evening. Michaela has raised a fabulous amount and the children and young people will have tremendous fun on the new trampoline.”
Nominations for the 2019 awards will open in September.