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Currently have 13 blogs. Use the links below to jump to the required blog.
- Inspirational Bike Ride (21st Aug 2013)
- GOLD SQP AWARD (25th Jun 2013)
- Volunteer Celebration Evening (11th Jun 2013)
- Kangaroos Tri-Challenge 2013 (14th May 2013)
- Champions (18th Apr 2013)
- New Activities Officer (12th Mar 2013)
- Champions (22nd Jun 2012)
- New Recruit! (14th Jun 2012)
- Who said that Kangaroos can't fly?! (5th Jun 2011)
- Rin's Marathon (12th Apr 2011)
- A Volunteer's Tale (2nd Dec 2010)
- Dig-In and Affinity Sutton (23rd Nov 2010)
- Our First Blog! (13th Apr 2010)
21st Aug 2013: Inspirational Bike Ride
By Samantha Norgate.
2013 is going to be a memorable year for Steve Farrage, father of one of our Kangaroos member's, with July in particular, a month to remember! 7th July 2013 was the big start to a challenge he thought would never happen. As a young teenager he invested all of his paper round money in a new bike and soon a dream was born of one day completing an epic adventure such as riding from Lands End to John O'Groats! Time soon passed by and the dream was put to one side while school, college, work and family commitments took priority. In the year 2002 Steve was struck with an illness that put him in hospital, unable to walk, his dream came to an end. It was a crushing blow. After many years his health slowly recovered. He never dreamed that he would be fit enough to be cycling from Lands End to John O'Groats with Holly, his 15 year old daughter! As with any such adventure it's good to have a purpose, a reason for putting yourself through such a challenge and his reason was simple. His Son Leo, was born with Downs Syndrome and a severe heart defect. Leo had always inspired Steve, his family and many people who have come to know him. The kindness and generosity of so many people who put aside their personal time to support many children like Leo has left such an impression on Steve's lives, that if there was something he could do for Kangaroos it was to say thank you. Not in words, but through sheer hard work and determination, through spending some of his own time, and through raising money to help this small but important charity to help so many other children who find themselves in a similar position as Leo. There we have it, a challenge and a purpose. Steve and Holly's challenge was spread over 14 days offering a range of terrain and distance for each day which left them needing to cycle between 50 and 85 miles per day. Their first day coincided with the first day of a 14 day heat wave that melted the country under blue skies and 30 degree temperatures. They left Lands End with mixed feelings, very quiet, full of anticipation, and full of fear of what may lie ahead and that was to be around 935 miles, 1 puncture, 1 tyre failure, one broken GPS (which we managed to fix a couple of days later), one brake failure (on Holly's bike), lots and lots of energy sports drinks, even more hills, and one most amazing adventure! Cycling through the hills of Cornwall, the flats of Glastonbury, over the Second Severn crossing into Wales, onwards through Hereford and Shrewsbury, the beauty of the Lake District, the mountains and lochs of Scotland, and finally the incredible coastal road from Inverness to John O'Groats they completed their journey. Many people had been following their progress live online and were able to track their final leg into John O'Groats. Just a few miles from the finish, Steve's mobile phone started to receive text messages of encouragement from people cheering us on. It made for a very emotional finish as the enormity of what they had just achieved started to sink in. Steve commented that Holly was more the star than him on this trip. He was totally amazed at the determination of a 15 year old to take part and complete such an incredible challenge. She wanted to do this to help her Brother and Kangaroos, as well as to prove to herself that she could achieve something if she really put her mind to it. She had so many comments from people along the journey and most people said the same thing, how they wish they were able to do this when they were 15! We are all very proud of Holly and Steve and extremely grateful for all the hard work and determination they put in, as well as the amazing amount of money they raised for Kangaroos. Thank you everyone who supported them and made a donation. You can continue to do so by visiting their Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/steve-farrage With your help they have raised over £3800 so far to help support the children and activities of Kangaroos. Steve and Holly are very grateful to Peter Hastings and Paul Mittonette who both joined them for part of the ride and gave their additional support when needed. They have been great supporters of their challenge and have played an important part in helping them to complete the journey and to raise money through donations. A full record of their journey can be found on their blog at raleighequipe.blogspot.co.uk
25th Jun 2013: GOLD SQP AWARD
By Samantha Norgate.
On 19th June 2013 Sam and Becki attended the WSCVYS (West Sussex Council for Voluntary Youth Services) A.G.M where Sam was presented with the Gold SQP Award Simple Quality Protects (SQP) is a quality assurance self-assessment programme for voluntary and community organisations working with children and young people. Jenni Herrett along with Sam Norgate attended the first SQP workshop at Horsham Youth Centre on 25th July 2012. Although we acknowledged that we had many of the standards set in place, we agreed that there was a need for more structure, organisation and communication within our organisation and that SQP would be the ideal platform to help us achieve this. We gained our Bronze level in November 2012, the foundation stage of SQP, ensuring that minimum standards were in place. This is where the core of work lay and then the next stage, Silver helped us to develop and improve on certain areas, which we achieved in February 2013. We were proud to achieve our Gold status this month SQP has definitely had a positive impact on our organisation and with the support of Daniel Cheesman and the rest of the team from WSCVYS; it has helped us enormously with our transition from a registered charity to a new charitable company, helping us to identify our strengths and weaknesses as well as assisting us in continuing to improve and reinforce our standards and good practice.
11th Jun 2013: Volunteer Celebration Evening
By Daniel Mays.
Kangaroos celebrated last week’s national Volunteers Week on Thursday 6th June, at The Martlets Hall, Burgess Hill, enabling trustees, staff, children and young people to say a big thank you to all the young people that volunteer for the Kangaroos Charity. The evening opened with a welcome speech from John Bines on behalf of the trustees to thank the volunteers for all their hard work and commitment. Miriam Owen and Jane Lacey (Trustees) also attended the evening along with many other staff to show their support. Becki Tucknott (Youth Development Officer and Delivery Manager for No Limits) and Lorna Herrett (Activities Officer and Co-Ordinator for Volunteers) then talked about the opportunities Kangaroos has to offer their volunteers and what the volunteers can offer Kangaroos. They outlined upcoming and available volunteer training and the plans for the summer holidays which is said to be “our busiest holiday club to date”. After this, it was time to look back into the past at some old photos of past volunteers that have grown up within Kangaroos. With many red faces and lots of pointing and laughing by staff, it was time to say a big thank you, and what better way to say it, then it coming from the children and the young people themselves. This was done by a short film showing lots of photographs of the children and young people holding ‘Thank You’ signs which they had made themselves. Finally it was time for Amy Watson (Delivery Manager for PALS) and Dawn Gittins (Delivery Manager for BreakAway) to hand out the awards, which were as follows Jake Grayson – Best Male Volunteer Jade Wallace-Hargrove – Best Female Volunteer Arran Pack – Best Male Newcomer Robyn Lacey – Best Female Newcomer Jonathan Hall – Most Hours Male Emily Day – Most Hours Female Maddi Longhurst – Longest Serving Volunteer (3 Years) Lottie Arnold – Most Adaptable Volunteer Andrew Lineham – Most Hours In The Shortest Time Hannah Wells – Volunteer Who Has Shown The Most Initiative It was clear from the evening that Kangaroos wouldn’t be possible without all the volunteers, we currently have 60 volunteers who over the last 12 months have provided nearly 10,000 hours of their time to our members with over 6,500 hours spent at PALS. Without our volunteers we would not be able to support as many children and young people as we do and we would not be able to take them on the range of activities and trips that we do. So please be proud of what you do, you are making a real difference to the lives of our children and young people and their families – we couldn’t do it without you! Report by Dan Mays – Volunteer Representative
14th May 2013: Kangaroos Tri-Challenge 2013
By Samantha Norgate.
After 3 months of 3 physical challenges, I’m quite proud that I took part and completed all three, in our Kangaroos Tri-Challenge fundraiser, helping to raise over £1,000 for our Kangaroos charity. Friday 29th March, 2013 – Challenge 1 – SWIMARATHON The first of our three challenges began with a splash On Good Friday, when I took part in the Lions Club Swimarathon at The Dolphin Leisure Centre, as part of 3 teams representing Kangaroos, including staff, volunteers, friends, Kangaroos young people and parents. All the swimmers pushed themselves really hard and managed to swim over 200 lengths altogether! Sunday 21st April, 2013 – Challenge 2 – 22 MILE CYCLE RIDE The 2nd challenge was the Greater Haywards Heath Bike Ride, taking in some beautiful Sussex countryside, including Turners Hill and Balcombe, on a sunny spring morning. Two of us completed the full 22 miles, (steep hills included!) the furthest distance I have ever cycled. What at first started off as a bid to just finish the 22 miles at a steady pace, became a contest to overtake as many cyclists as possible and finish in the quickest time as we could! We succeeded in cycling the 22 mile route in just over 2 hours and I loved every minute of it! The good weather definitely helped! Saturday 11th May, 2013 – Challenge 3 – 20K WALK Possibly the most arduous of the 3 events, was the final one, due to the unforgiving hills, and the weather conditions towards the end! The Just Walk event commenced from the glorious Goodwood racecourse and all five of the Kangaroos office staff took part in the 20k walk around the South Downs. We set off in high spirits with the sun shining! After a long ascent to the top of The South Downs, we were rewarded with not only a picnic lunch and drinks supplied by the event organisers, but some stunning scenery! The walk was really enjoyable, however, the last leg, was the toughest, with a really steep climb up an uneven track, and after being blessed with sunny skies nearly the whole way round, the heavens opened close to the end and we were all thoroughly drenched We all pushed ourselves and focused on the finishing post! The aching limbs and the chill that I caught from getting a soaking were worth it, knowing that we had walked for such a good cause. Im so pleased that I had the opportunity to take part in all of the challenges. It enabled me to enjoy some great experiences, in good company, as well as being able to appreciate the beautiful countryside that surrounds us. The challenges involved working together as a team and supporting each other. It encouraged me to get fitter and adopt a healthier lifestyle (and get back on my bike again) But ultimately all three challenges made me realise that if you are willing to push yourself, anything is achievable. The Kangaroos youngsters that swam in the Swimarathon proved this, pushing boundaries that I didn’t think were possible and they should be an inspiration to us all. Partaking in the Tri-Challenge has given me the motivation to do some more similar events again soon!
18th Apr 2013: Champions
By Lorna Herrett.
As part of the Champions, Kangaroos has been offering a 6 week trampolining course at Funabounds in Uckfield. The course has been very popular, which we anticipated it would be, as many of our other groups enjoy visiting Funabounds for the day. The young people have had the chance to show the instructors and the other young people what they already know, as well as learn new moves and routines. Many of the young people have bravely started to learn how to do front drops, a move that they have become a lot more confident in. When they are not learning new moves, everyone enjoys jumping into the foam pit, being bounced on the giant ball and wrapped up like a sandwich in the mats and bounced! All the young people have reported to us that they have fun doing this course and enjoyed learning new things, with one young person stating it is awesome and the ‘best he has ever done!’ We would like to congratulate all our young people on achieving their first badge, which they will receive soon.
12th Mar 2013: New Activities Officer
By Lorna Herrett.
Hello, my name is Lorna Herrett and I am the new Activities Officer. Some of you may recognise me, as I have been involved with Kangaroos for many years. I became a volunteer when I was 14 and straight away became hooked, and now have been working at Kangaroos for nearly 10 years. However, my involvement with Kangaroos goes back even further. My mum, Jenni, was one of the original parents who set up Kangaroos nearly 20 years ago and my sister Emily, who has Angelman’s Syndrome, attended the initial Saturday club and playschemes. Even when I was four I was jealous of the fun activities Emily was experiencing and would wear my own bright yellow kangaroos t-shirt with pride. I knew Kangaroos was something I wanted to be involved with, although the yellow shirts would have to go!
I have enjoyed watching Kangaroos evolve as a charity, growing with its members, always working hard to meet everyone’s needs. It fills me with pride knowing I played a small part in this. During my time at Kangaroos I have worked on a range of projects including BreakAway, Pals, No Limits, TeenScene, Allsports, Champions, Challenge and the Holiday Club, most of which I will continue to work on. Being involved with these wide range of projects has given me the privilege of getting to know the children and young people who attend Kangaroos. Having this knowledge, I believe, puts me in a great position to plan and organise activities and trips for everyone to enjoy.
My main roles will be organising 6 week leisure, arts or sports courses for Champions, as well as the activities and trips for the Holiday Club. Hopefully I will also be keeping the Kangaroos blog updated with reports of exciting events and trips Kangaroos have been on, so watch this space! I have created the Kangaroos videos which are shown at events, and I will be updating these regularly and showing them to you, together with photos from the groups, on the website. I am also going to be updating the forum regularly, so keep an eye out for topics I will be putting up and feel free to add your own.
If you would like to write a blog for kangaroos or have any other enquires please get in touch. Email me at email@example.com
22nd Jun 2012: Champions
By Adam Orchard.
Thursday evening (21/06/2012) saw the second of the CHAMPIONS Adventure Activity session at Tilgate Park. This week saw double the turnout versus last week take to the water. This session’s activity was Row Boating and Canoeing. After arriving at Court Meadow to escort the young people onto the minibus – the heavens opened and we wondered if we’d ever make it home alive that evening!! Well the staff did anyway – wimps!! The children on the other hand were ready to take it in their stride and seemed to be excited by the challenges ahead. Fortunately for all, upon disembarking the bus at Tilgate the rain stopped and sun made an increasingly rare appearance for the whole session. All the young people were excellent to have with us and most took to their chosen boat or canoe with confidence (one or two took a little more encouragement)and before long everyone was happy paddling away on the lake – all be it in circles a lot of the time!! Note: Staff training need!!! An element of competition was added by the addition of balls to collect that had been scattered around the lake, and later a football to use as a “bomb” to splash nearby peers. Lots of giggles were had with many a worker being ordered to “row harder” and in a definite direction, rather than just round and round in circles! The session ended as to be expected with impromptu “splash attacks” and a race back to shore following a call of “I need the toilet!” Back on dry land, clothes were changed, life jackets returned and the bus boarded for the journey home. Feedback on board suggested a great time was had by all – I’m sure to be repeated next week with more of the same! Watch this space! Should you be interested in finding out more about CHAMPIONS activities coming up, please feel free to contact Adam Orchard.
14th Jun 2012: New Recruit!
By Samantha Norgate.
Hi my name is Sam Norgate and I recently joined Kangaroos, working part-time in the office and helping with fundraising. I am very pleased to be part of this friendly team and I am realising what a diverse and rewarding role it is and how much hard work goes on behind the scenes to make an organisation like this function properly. I have been involved with Kangaroos in the past helping with the hog roast at a couple of summer parties and became aware then of what a happy bunch the ‘kangaroos’ were and how important a charity like this is to young people and their families. I also have a nephew that attended Court Meadow School, who is an integral part of our family, so I am well aware of the difficulties and challenges facing families with youngsters with learning disabilities. I am looking forward to becoming more involved and getting to know more members and their families. Sam Norgate
5th Jun 2011: Who said that Kangaroos can't fly?!
By Ellen Tomlinson.
Saturday 28 May and its off up the M1 to Cranfield airfield in Bedfordshire. Today a dozen or so intrepid children and their carers are going flying - not in a giant airliner, but a four seater !
Preparation is everything, so before every flight a thorough briefing is critical: Gautam tells us all what we should and should not do - "Watch out for propellers !!"
After the briefing the rota for the days flying is set and we meet our pilot - gosh he looks like the Dad on "Outnumbered" on TV ! Then its time for the first flight of the day - who's going to sit up front with the pilot ? Aaron is the lucky chap - he doesn't know that he'll have to earn his place !
While they're flying we all look at the other aeroplanes outside the flying club. Lots of different shapes and sizes: high wings, low wings, one, sometimes two engines, high tails etc. After half an hour the plane returns: Aaron tells us that after take off he had to fly the plane !
Soon its our turn to go up - this time Simon is the trainee pilot. Our plane is a Piper Cherokee Arrow built in 1968. We taxi past the hangars out the end of the runway, then turn, and we're off !
After take off Simon takes to the controls, first flying towards Milton Keynes, where we can see the indoor ski centre. Then its across to Bedford, where the 1930s airship hangars are clearly visible. Time to land now and the pilot takes over.
Soon we turn onto our final approach, a smooth landing, and a short taxi back to the flying club. Simon's verdict "I never thought I'd actually fly a plane !", but was "confident and not scared" - which is the point of the exercise.
All too soon the day is over - time for presentation of tee shirts and logbooks, and thanks to Gautam for arranging the day. Then home down the M1, home and the rest of the half term break.
12th Apr 2011: Rin's Marathon
By Rinaldo Colombi.
It was a pleasure to run the Brighton Marathon 2011 on behalf of Kangaroos - the following couple of days after the race, I had calves tighter than a miser's wallet and some ripe blisters on my toes, but I reckon it was well worth the pain! I decided to run for Kangaroos in February. I was in bed with flu and thought that instead of feeling sorry for myself, I'd do something positive. For my New Years' resolution I'd planned to run a few marathons, half-marathons and 10kms, so I thought I'd better get a move on and get organised. That morning, snivelling and coughing and generally feeling lousy, I got an invitation to go to a friend's wedding in Brighton. The date happened to be the day before the marathon. I had a look on the marathon web site and saw all the charities available for whom to raise money. I dunno - The Kangaroos (forgive the pun) just leapt out at me, and from that moment I was determined to go for it. I used to live in Brighton for 20-odd years, so it was doubly special to run all those streets I knew so well and help a local charity. I visited Mike, Mandy and Jenni in Haywards Heath a couple of days before the race to say hello and look through the brilliant photo albums. It made me realise what an amazing bunch of people work for Kangaroos and what great days out the kids have! The race itself was wonderfully supported and brilliantly organised, with regular water stops and the public handing out food. The first half of the race was pretty straightforward and I ran 1hr:35 mins and thought I could break 3:10 hrs. But after about 14 miles I got some bad blisters on my feet and every step seemed to get a bit more painful. Still, I love running in the heat and you just can't complain when people have taken the time to cheer you on and you have the beautiful views from the seafront! It was like New York ... without the attitude! I finished in 3hrs 27 mins and hobbled to the wonderful folk at St.Johns who had the unenviable task popping and dressing my blisters! YUK! I reckon they deserve a medal just for that alone - I really do have the worst feet in the world. I'm very lucky that I live in the Lake District and have some big mountains on which to train. I have a great pace-maker: my whippet puppy Billy, who I think is the greatest little fellow you could have. I hope to bring him down to the Kangaroos Office soon – he'd love to meet all the great kids there. Oh, and my wife's pretty wonderful too! I intend to do much more for Kangaroos and look forward to my next visit. Making contact with the charity has made my life much richer for the experience, so thank YOU! Lots of love Rin
2nd Dec 2010: A Volunteer's Tale
By Sally Holmwood.
Once upon a time, a teenager sat leafing through the local newspaper, half-watching a mind-numbingly boring evening of television and trying to find new and inventive ways to put off another fun-filled evening of homework. But as usual, the jobs on offer in the newspaper seemed to be about as interesting as the evening's television viewing! Until, that is, a small square caught her eye... The day that same teenager first walked through the doors of Holy Trinity School in Cuckfield, all the way back in January 1994, as one of Kangaroos' first volunteers, I don't think she ever suspected she would still be involved a whole 17 years later. Before Kangaroos, everything had seemed so cut and dried – finish A Levels, study German at University and take the next plane out, possibly never to be seen again. And yet, 17 years on, here I still am. I did take that languages degree and I do escape to Germany every so often – but these days I tend to come back again. Thanks to the fun I have had at Kangaroos and the experience I have gained here, I have worked in special schools, clubs and residential settings and as a short-term foster-carer. None of these might ever have crossed my mind, had I not become involved in Kangaroos. I've watched all of the children and young people at Kangaroos grow up and seen Kangaroos itself grow from its humble but brilliant beginnings as a Saturday club and holiday play scheme, to the huge and hugely varied venture that it is today. It's wonderful to see just how much the young people – and their families - get from each aspect of Kangaroos and, as a staff member, I feel proud to know that the experiences we give them here have helped create the brilliant people they have become. As staff, we are often lucky enough to hear compliments about all that the children, their parents, carers and siblings get out of Kangaroos. What they may not realise is just how much we, as staff, get out of it too. Not that long ago I was greeted with a big bear hug by Eddie and it brought a little tear to my eye – somehow unable to recall a particular session where I may have worked specifically with him, his gesture seemed all the more special. And at the Orchard House barbecue where, together with colleagues from High Trees, I'd taken some young people, my colleagues remarked how many children came to talk to me. For everything we give the children at Kangaroos, they give us back so much more. They make us smile: seeing their enthusiasm for play, whether as magicians making money and rabbits appear out of hats, or surgeons performing terribly complex operations on unsuspecting volunteers. They make us laugh – a lot: sat on a mat at Holy Trinity with Rachel B years ago, we were both giggling so much that the then Play Leader, Val, came over to ask us what was so funny. Actually, by then I'm not sure either of us knew…!!! They make us so proud: at a recent session, staff were near to tears when Sophie walked unaided around the Ashenground hall for the first time that we had seen!! And it's just wonderful how they seem instinctively to know just how to make us feel good - "My socks have got spots on – like your face!" One thing I have come to realise by not being able to come as often as I would like, is how friendly everyone is on my return – I can come back after weeks of not being able to come in because of other commitments, and know that staff are always so welcoming that it will instantly feel as though I have never been away.
23rd Nov 2010: Dig-In and Affinity Sutton
By Mandy May.
We made our last trip of the year to our DIG-In site on Saturday with our PALS children to plant some bulbs and enjoy a visit from Steve and friends!! at An-Amazing! Bill; Alana; Thomas; Leo & Nicole joined Amy, Liz and our volunteers on site to put in some spring bulbs into the PALS Garden area. kindly donated by Nicky Dodds and her team from Affinity Sutton. Considering it was November the weather was kind to us and the children seemed particularly keen to get stuck in with the bulb planting! perhaps it was the mud element that was so attractive! Bill was a particular enthusiatic participator and Leo, who wore a great red all-in-one suit, that many of us wished we had for the afternoon! seemed to enjoy himself, but he was quick to employ division of labour skills, getting the staff and volunteers to dig while he planted like his style! Alana and Thomas keenly planted some bulbs in pots so everyone had a reminder of the day to take home, and Nicole did some planting in both the plot and into pots. When we had completed planting the bulbs we went and enjoyed some drinks and snacks, again courtesy of Affinty Sutton, who were thoughtful enough to include non-alcoholic mulled wine in the hamper! A very welcome addition for some of us! The afternoon was rounded off by a visit from Steve at An-Amazing! He takes exotic animals into schools and other places and is very knowledgeable. Although it was a bit on the cold side for many of his pets, he gave us a very interesting talk and showed us a cock roach!!; a spider; a couple of snakes, and a millipead. While some of us were a bit weary at first Steves instruction certainly helped break down barriers and most of us were brave!! enough to touch them. However, we were all a lot more interested in touching CADBURY a brown and white skunk who was lovely, and with Steve interesting talk a lot of our preconceived images were put into context. The real stars of the show were saved til last when he showed us his Africian pygmy hedgehogs, which I confess, I had not even heard off until then! Mum Hettie had two adorable babies, and we all got to handle them. In fact they are very popular these days as pets! They really were lovely and we send a big thank you to him and to Affinity Sutton for putting this on for us. Affinity Sutton also provided some freebies for all the kids, including the PALS members back at base so a huge thanks from us for making it a great afternoon. We would also, like to thank Andy for all his hard work and efforts on the day and I am sure PALS will be up to see how their bulbs have done in the spring and to launch the Great Sunflower Contest for 2011!
13th Apr 2010: Our First Blog!
By Mandy May.
Welcome to the first Kangaroos blog!! The purpose of the blog will be to keep you informed of all the up-to-date exciting things that are happening, and if any staff member, volunteer or member would like to write a blog feel free, just get in touch with me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can sort that out. It would be great to get a staff member or volunteer to give us an insight into their experience with Kangaroos and what difference it has made to them. As you will see we have greatly expanded our service over the last few months, with the introduction of No Limits, AllSports, Days Out and Teen Scene, and we hope you are enjoying these new activities. It is vital to get your feedback on all our activities, so whether you are a PALS, BreakAway, AllSports, No Limits or Teen Scene member please take some time out to let us know what we are doing well, or not so well, and anything you would like to see in our programme in the future. We are here to meet your young person’s needs so the more you feed in the better we are. Every year we have to raise around £150,000 and that takes a mammoth effort for Jenni and the team. If you are a UK taxpayer you can help us by ensuring you sign a Gift Aid declaration. The Gift Aid scheme will cost you nothing but makes a big difference to us. Basic rate tax is 20 percent, therefore, if you give £10 using gift aid, its worth £12.50 to Kangaroos. For donations up to 5th April 2011 we will, also, benefit from a separate government supplement of three pence on every pound you give, so please complete a form, and help us to continue our work. We are, also, offering the opportunity for a graduate internship to a recent graduate to take on the position of Events Coordinator to help with the creative input into fundraising and help develop additional revenue streams for the organisation. The details can be found on the Opportunites page. I hope you are enjoying our new website, with all its new features and I want to personally thank Mike Turpin, who originally came to us with support from Vodaphone World of Difference, but who can’t get away from us now, however hard he tries! But I am sure you will agree with me he has done a stunning job for us!