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In late 2015 an idea was born to make the Charity a little bit more money to help towards continuing to provide the services to the veterans and their families. The craze of the "Spirit bottle lights" was born with our first outing being a small display at the Pickering 1940’s weekend in the October. From then on the popularity has grown and we have not been able to keep up with the demand. In 2016 we attended over 30 events, with the display of different spirit bottles growing each time. We have sold over 730 bottles, with over 850 drilled and managed to raise over £3,500. We couldn’t have done this without the help and support of our suppliers of the empty bottles (only a few were from the staff) and so on behalf of all the veterans and their families we would like to say a big thank you to the following people:
And thank you to everyone who has purchased a spirit bottle light from us (and in some instances several bottles and at different events). Looking forward to continuing the craze in 2017.
A big thank you to Spencer for raising over £1,000 at a fundraising event last May. Spencer is the brother of one of our veterans and this is the second big fundraising event he has done for us. Thank you for your continued support Spencer, we really do appreciate what you are doing.
A big thank you to Dean, Dave and Matt of the Yorkshire Bank branches in Hull and Beverley, Geoff Brown Community Champion and the staff at Asda Kingswood, Sarah Smith Marketing & Customer Service Manager at Princes Quay Shopping Centre (and the staff from Monsoon and Coffee Delight), Morrisons at Beverley and Holderness Road for all their help and continued support over the last 12 months in allowing us into your branches/stores/centres to fundraise. We couldn’t do it without you - thank you.
Dave & Pam Sephton - thank you to you and your family (especially Sylvia) for all the items that you purchase and/or donate to the Charity and always sell very well at the events we attend (the Portmerion went down very well at the Driffield Dog show). We really do appreciate your continued support.
Debbie Fellows - from making cards and jewellery, holding fundraising events with Kerry Fuller to thinking of every which way to raise funds for the Charity - thank you for your continued support, we really appreciate it.
The Needhams and the Croppers - thank you to Sue, Rodger, Emma and Clare for knitting, crocheting, crafting and collecting tubs. We really couldn’t do it without all your support so thank you to you all.
Tam & Jenny Edmondson - for the donated items and hand crafted items, to running armed force day events and helping at others, collecting tubs (and for dropping into the office on your travels and buying numerous items so you can fill the motorhome again - sorry Tam!) we really appreciate your help and support in everything you do so thank you to you both.
The NGVFA would like to thank all the Charitable Trusts and Foundations who have donated to our cause. Without this funding we could not be able to provide the support to both veterans and their families and we are truly grateful. This generosity means we can continue to provide our vital services to so many.
In the last financial year we received grants from the following:
Unfortunately we cannot name all of our generous donors as some wish to remain anonymous but you know who you are and we thank you for your support.
If you are aware of any Trusts or Foundations that may support our cause please contact us.
Thank you to Shirley King, Community Champion at Morrisons, Holderness Road, Hayley Ruddock, Community Champion at Morrisons, Beverley and Geoff Brown, Community Champion at Asda Kingswood for all their support over the last 12 months in allowing the NGVFA to conduct various fundraising activities in their stores and help to raise much needed funds for the Charity.
The staff and members of the NGVFA would like to say a big thank you to Garry Hukin and Dannii McKeen for their outstanding contribution to fundraising for the charity. This couple have raised an amazing £10,056.30 in just 3 years. They have spent many Saturdays over this period in a retail store in their hometown, selling clothing and products, together with collecting funds in various outlets through collection tubs.
We really appreciate all that Garry and Dannii have done over the years and I wanted to share this with all our members and their families. Thank you Garry and Dannii for your continued efforts and a special mention to Garry’s brother Wayne for his continued support of the charity.
Joe was unfortunately unable to attend the respite break this year, but I am pleased to announce that he has been awarded a Gold Star for his fundraising efforts over the years.
Joe has been contributing to the charity since 2005 with monthly donations, general donations, collection tubs and donated items. He was awarded the Gold Star with a certificate for raising £1,239.34 up to the end of 2012, and the donations still continue to come in.
We really appreciate all that Joe has done over the years and I wanted to share this with all our members and their families. Thank you Joe for your continued efforts.