September 2014 - Fundraising the Old Thatch way

Jason bought his girlfriend Gemma a skydiving experience and the HSP Support Group are now well over £1500 richer as a consequence. Let me explain:

I got to know the Roberts family some time ago when our daughters all attended the same school. Sarah and Pete Roberts are mum and dad; Gemma and Tanya are their daughters, both of whom work behind the bar at the local pub which is called The Old Thatch, located between Ferndown and Wimborne in Dorset. When Gemma discovered she had a skydive to look forward to, the other girls in the family, Sarah and Tanya thought they’d like a piece of the action so they also signed up for the jump. During discussions the girls decided that they wanted to raise money for a good cause and Sarah contacted me to see if I knew of any worthwhile, deserving charities. The rest is history!

Staff at The Old Thatch have been brilliant and offered their full support. They have HSP collection boxes behind the bar and they recently held a BBQ with live music to raise further funds. Carol Parsons, another of the bar staff from the pub decided that she’d also like to jump and she has been busy gaining sponsorship. All the girls who are jumping have pages on JustGiving. Further discussions took place between the Roberts family and the pub management and they agreed that they’d like to support a Dorset resident affected with HSP. They’re hoping to purchase mobility equipment that could have a big positive impact on a local individual’s quality of life. Consequently I’ve written to all Dorset members explaining the fundraising and I’ve invited them to make me aware of any equipment that may be useful.

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