Dear Friends

I write to update you and the congregation of High Hilton on the Living Well Project.  The project continues to struggle with funding, and we are now at the position where we have only a few months of operational funds available.  We have appointed a fundraising team who are actively pursuing fundraising opportunities and we remain grateful to those private donors who do send generous gifts to support our work.

You may have seen the coverage of the project in the Press and Journal on Saturday 20th May.  The article arose from a press release regarding our forthcoming fundraiser.  On the 5th of June 2021 Jeanette and Linda who work in the café service will be joined by staff from ARI’s OT department to do a dawn until dusk walk up and down Brimmond Hill.  We are particularly grateful for the help of the NHS staff who at the end of an exhausting year for the health service are taking on this challenge to save our small charity.

The fundraiser has its own page on Just Giving at https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/brimmondchallenge

The project more widely also has a page on Just Giving https://www.justgiving.com/livingwellproject

These pages can be used to give donations for this fundraiser or to give regularly to the Living Well Project.

I am sure the congregation will want to know what they can do to help. Individuals can support the Living Well Project in the following (and many other) ways:

•          Please pray for the project, for its work, those it helps, its staff and that a clear path to sustainable funding will become available as well as for the Brimmond Challenge on 5th June

•          Please share the addresses for the fundraiser on websites, with your networks and on social media as widely as possible.

•          Please suggest any individuals who may have the time and talents to support our fundraising team in identifying sustainable funding.

•          Let us know if you identify any potential funding sources such as grants you are aware of or individual or companies who are looking to consider charitable donation no matter how big or small

•          Support the charity on Facebook and through the website

In the meantime, the project remains fully operational with those who previously attended the cafes being supported online, by telephone and with individual contact.  We are pleased that the befrienders are able to meet in person again (with the appropriate safeguards).  We also look forward to the day when all of our services can operate again in person with your help. We hope this will continue for years to come.

Thank you very much for your support.

Yours sincerely

Dr Daniel M Bennett
Convenor