Alabare Homes for Veterans WW1 Commemorative Skydive. 10th November 2018

The heavens smiled upon us, provided a wonderful break in the clouds and the opportunity for us all to make a successful and exhilarating jump. The professionalism and organisation of all concerned was very clear to see, especially in getting so many of us into the air at the same time. We were all delighted to be raising money for such a worthwhile cause, made all the more poignant by doing it so close to Remembrance Sunday; such an important weekend. Alabaré provides a range of homes and services including supported accommodation, drop-in centres, activities, advice and training services, supporting […]

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Law Sunday Choral Mattins – Winchester Cathedral Sunday. 14 October 2018

The annual service of celebration of all those who work tirelessly in Law and Order in our county was held at Winchester Cathedral at 11am on Sunday 14th October.  Not even the terrible rain and windy conditions could deter the impressive numbers including High Sheriffs from around the South and surrounding areas including the Isle of Wight, Dorset, Wiltshire, Surrey, West Sussex, Gloucester and Berkshire from attending. The sermon was read by The Hon. Mrs Justice Heather Hallett who talked about the importance of forgiveness and the Service was led by the Dean of Winchester, the Very Rev’d Catherine Ogle. […]

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The Opening of the Andover Foodbank Warehouse extension. 12 October 2018

The Andover foodbank was set up in 2006 to provide emergency food to local people who find themselves in short term crisis and are without means to buy food. During the last financial year, the foodbank distributed over 30 tonnes of food to feed 5,000 people, giving families and individuals valuable breathing space to address longer term issues without the worry of feeding their families or themselves. Good quality, secure and long term storage is essential to the project.

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Southampton Combined Court Open Day. 15 September 2018

The courts were thrown open to the public in a great example of showing justice in action in our community. From mock trials, reviewing sentencing to tours of the whole combined court site (which was in action for real the day provided an insight into the criminal justice system and the opportunity to gain an overview on what happens. A great turn out by all the involved parties ensured a stimulating day for the hundreds that attended.

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Visit to Motiv8 Centre & Bicycle Recycling Project in Gosport. 13 July 2018

Motiv8 works in partnership with Hampshire Constabulary and the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner to provide DIVERT, a highly successful 10-week programme which aims to reduce anti-social behaviour and offending in local communities. Meeting with Clare Ansell joint CEO where we visited the Steps Educational Programme and chatted with young people who are building their self-esteem and qualifications. The visit also  included a chance to visit Motiv8’s Community Based Team offering a range of invaluable support services for young people and families alongside talking to young people who have achieved qualifications and employment through Motiv8’s bicycle recycling project; based […]

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Visit to the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance HQ. 11 July 2018

Meeting with Alex Lochrane and Rebecca Leaman at the Thruxton HQ with a full tour of the airbase and details of how the HIOWAA has developed.  The Charity operates an Airbus H135 which is specially equipped and optimised for night operations as well as a Critical Care Team Vehicle. The vehicle has parallel capability to the Air Ambulance and both are crewed by a team of HIOWAA doctors and paramedics. Truly exceptional project.

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Hampshire Music Service. Albert Hall

Amazing night at the Albert Hall for Hampshire at the Hall concert. 1700 young musicians and dancers showcasing the results of Hampshire Music Service’s work   Hampshire Music Service is the lead partner for the Hampshire Music Education Hub – providing extensive music opportunities for young people across Hampshire through partnership working Our commitment is to give every child a chance to participate, enjoy and achieve by making music together

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CEO’s Fratton Park Sleepout

Joined 60 or so CEO’s from Hampshire sleeping out at Fratton Park to build awareness and raise funds for the homeless. A great night showing our community pulling together at its best….at least until the automatic sprinklers came on at 2am!

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New Winchester Hospice

Delighted to visit and lend support to Judith Charmer and the new Winchester Hospice. It has a great building and has made a wonderful start in raising the £2.5m it needs. We are developing a new hospice in Winchester to provide local palliative and end of life care for local people.  Currently there is no hospice provision  in the  area, and patients requiring hospice care and services travel to Andover, West End or Basingstoke. Our aim is to raise funds to restore Burrell House, a 2 storey building within the grounds of the Royal Hampshire County Hospital, to develop a hospice. This will […]

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