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May 2017: Scaling the Heights

It is coming up for a year since we made the changes we needed to our structure and our office team moved to City Rd. It’s been quite a year, and a big challenge to sustain our services and our income in hard times.

I am very pleased to say that our whole magnificent team of volunteers, trustees, fundraisers, donors and staff have done a tremendous job and our service users continue to receive the vital support they need without fail.

It has been business as usual in our Acorn House kitchen and individual service users have been supported exactly as usual, with a warm and friendly welcome and services tailored to make a real difference in their lives at time of great need. We can all be proud of our achievements.

Our challenge will continue this year as we see more and more pressure on HIV support services across the board, and I have no doubt we can rise to this challenge. Just look at what people will do for The Food Chain. We have six of our Trustees signed up to scale the heights of Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowden within a 24 hr period, from the first peak to the last. How amazing is that? I found this so inspiring I couldn’t help but join the challenge! Along with other Food Chain friends, a team of eleven of us will take this on – with the aim of raising £16,000 from this one event.

We still have a few places available for this challenge, so if you would like to join the team in scaling the heights, please email me to find out more and sign up!

Or,  you would like to join in this great fundraising effort without climbing hills, please do come along to the 3 Peaks Quiz night on June 13th, or visit the team’s fundraising page here:

The Food Chain 3 Peaks Challenge

People undertake generous acts of many different kinds every year on our behalf, and it is this that has sustained our work since 1988, and that will continue to be our life blood in the years to come. Thank you to everyone who bakes a cake, walks or runs or jumps out of an aeroplane, shakes a collection tin, gives a donation or joins in any activity to help raise the funds we need for our charitable work. We are immensely grateful for each and every contribution.

I dipped in to ‘Nourish’ this month to find a lovely filling recipe to help sustain me as I practice walking up and down hills. The Garlic, Squash and Haloumi pasta is one of the higher calorie dishes in the collection and it is a firm favourite with me.