Mayor's Charity Appeal 2021/22
Each Mayor chooses charities to support with the proceeds of fundraising and donations during his or her year in office. These are the charities chosen by Cllr Onnalee Cubitt.
The Community Furniture Project
The Community Furniture Project is a furniture reuse charity and has been operating in Basingstoke since October 2004. It collects unwanted furniture, appliances, bicycles and household goods. The project repairs, restores and recycles them and passes them on to local people at low cost. The project is open to everyone and offers further price reductions to people receiving means-tested benefits or state pension and items free of charge in exceptional cases of need through the Essential Household Goods Scheme.
The project provides day services for local people with learning disabilities or mental health conditions, and supported volunteering opportunities and accredited training in a variety of subjects and crafts. Giving people life and social skills and training that will help some move on to paid employment.
The project works very closely with local schools, colleges, other charities and referral bodies, providing work placements for students and young people not in employment, education or training. In a normal year it would work with over 120 young people and it hopes to do so again once the COVID-19 crisis is over.
The project specialises in working with young people with learning disabilities.
Prior to COVID-19, the project ran a series of open days where local people can learn crafts, upcycling techniques, bicycle maintenance, furniture repair and upholstery.
These will resume with evening classes and weekend open days once the current crisis is over.
When the first lockdown began the project used its position as the Basingstoke hub for the charity FareShare, to begin providing food parcels for those who were self-isolating.
The project diverts 40 to 50 tonnes of waste from landfill every month and encourages environmentally-beneficial activities by promoting recycling and reuse.
The project is delighted to have been made as one of the Mayor's chosen charities and looks forward to meeting as many new supporters as possible during this civic year.
Friends of St Michael's Hospice
Supporting the charity St Michael’s Hospice, Cllr Cubitt will raise funds through the Friends of St Michael’s Hospice during her year in Office.
Formed in 1989 by Valerie Buckley, The Friends of St. Michael's Hospice generates vital income to support the hospice.
These funds contribute towards maintaining the excellent standard of palliative care for which the hospice is renowned.
The years have seen members come and go but an original few still play a vital role more than 30 years later. Today, the Friends are as committed to their fundraising activities as ever and organise a wide variety of annual events. These events are run by the Friends and form a vital lifeline of valuable funds raised for the hospice. With scheduled events taking place throughout the year, the Friends not only provide financial support but also spread awareness and goodwill for the hospice amongst the community. The aim of the Friends has always been to organise fabulous, affordable and entertaining events, including, talks, auctions, lunches, tournaments, gift fairs and sports events. Such is the high standard and reputation of these events that tickets always sell out fast.
The Friends are always looking for volunteers and have a number of roles that people can get involved with. While the pandemic led to the cancellation of many events, plans are already under way for next year's events.
St. Michael's Hospice exists only through the generosity of our local community to sustain its services.
Some people may only associate hospices with dying and, where this does feature in their work, St. Michael's is very much focused on giving life to days and continuing to support families living with the effects of losing someone they love.
St. Michael's Hospice (North Hampshire), Basil de Ferranti House, Aldermaston Road, Basingstoke, RG24 9NB
Email for Jane Lyons, Chair of The Friends: firstname.lastname@example.org