The Christmas Fundraising stall in The Blue Market on Sunday 1st December 2019 was an opportunity for the community to come and visit our stall of hand made Christmas decorations that were for sale.
Our Club Members have been busy learning how to make our festive items since October. The Christmas stall attracted a lot of interest and we raised £500 which is being dived between club activities and the development of a new community hall.
A big thank you to everyone who attended and supported our stall.
On 16 July, we were very lucky to be able to take part in the 2018 Charity Vintage Day, an annual event for the London Irish Vintage Club (LIVC).
Each year, four charities are selected as the beneficiaries of the day. We were delighted that the LIVC chose to support Southwark Helping Hands Club through their Vintage Day, along with Marie Curie Hospice - Hampstead, McMillan Trust London North West, and Pieta House.
The weather was fantastic and the music brilliant and made for a great family day out.
We were welcomed to the official cheque presentation evening, which was held at the Clayton Hotel, Chiswick.
SHHC would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank the London Irish Vintage Club for all their support. We wish them every success with their future events.
On 29th September a small group of Club Members and volunteer carers travelled to St Austell, Cornwall for a four day educational trip to the Eden Project. This visit was to learn how plants are grown around the world and harvested to provide for the future generations.
The Bermondsey Community Kitchen provided us with the mini bus and our trip was financed by Gregg’s the Bakers.
Our visit to the Eden Project included staying in the YHA facility on site. It accommodates guests in modern bedrooms made from shipping containers, in keeping with the ethos of sustainability.
Aisha, a Club Member said “I saw a lot of different plants and our carers read the information notices / cards to us so that we could identify which countries the plants came from.”
The Mediterranean Biome shows landscapes of the Mediterranean, South Africa, California and Western Australia. Loraine said she was “surprised by the heat” in the Biome and the “types of different plant growing” in these warm temperate regions of the world.
Our visit took is to the Rainforest Biome, with its tropical heat and the enormous trees. It is the largest indoor rainforest in the world. “It was an amazing place seeing waterfalls and colourful birds in this biome” said Barry.
The group had a great time away learning about the world’s plants.
A great afternoon at Norton Rose Fulbright with our club members becoming the stars of the show on the cat walk. The event was designed to produce a show for our local community that highlights and encourages our club members to achieve a goal.
The club members and additional people from the Bede Centre and GLOT amazed our audience with their bright and colourful clothes and poses on the cat walk.
Norton Rose Fulbright were a fabulous hosts and the use of their premises provided a great venue for our external guests to visit.
The young stars of the show were allowed to keep everything they modeled and everyone of them excelled overcoming fears of performing in front of an audience.
October saw the Southwark Helping Hands Club Race Night raise funds for the Club's annual holiday to France.
Great fun was had by all in attendance in the Community Hall, with the night raising over £600 for the holiday.
Over 40 people attend ready to place a bet or two with the hope of finding a winner. The race goers jostled for the winning tote positions. All the horses in the ten races were sponsored by a mixture of the local businesses, Club members / volunteers and the local community.
All 8 horses for the final race were auctioned off. The winner of the auction race clinched a bottle of champagne.
Our thanks go to everyone who bought horses, races or came along on the night.
Our Club members and volunteers spent an enjoyable day manning the Club's tombola stall at the Southwark Park Festival on 4th July 2015. As well as our successful tombola stall, we had amazing volunteers offering face painting. All the profit from the day will be going towards a day trip to Littlehampton on 12th July 2015 for our Club members. We would like to thank everyone that supported us by donating items for our stall and their help on the day.