Chance meeting led to amazing opportunities!
22nd October 2015
A chance meeting with someÂ old friends led to a series ofÂ extraordinary fundraisingÂ opportunities for Bev Hayes,Â a support worker at FitzRoy’sÂ service in Bury St Edmunds.
Hearing about Bev’s work supportingÂ people with learning disabilities, herÂ two friends, Mary and Micky, choseÂ FitzRoy to benefit from an event theyÂ were planning.
Emotions ran high at their Golf DayÂ as Bev told moving stories about theÂ people we support, including GordonÂ whose life was transformed whenÂ he discovered FitzRoy. With staff onÂ hand to answer questions and a busyÂ information table, they impressedÂ everyone with their passion for theirÂ work. The event raised Â£1,500,Â but that was just the beginning.
The Golf Day sponsor, a localÂ businessman, was so impressed byÂ Bev’s commitment that he offeredÂ even more help, including distributingÂ 35 collection tins around his businesses for six months.
Bev spent hours printing off labels forÂ the tins and writing an informationÂ sheet about the Blomfield Street service. This will raise around Â£5,000.Â On top of this other traders andÂ businessmen offered their servicesÂ to transform the garden, and anÂ anonymous sponsor offered to fundÂ the cost of laying AstroTurf.
TheÂ Housing Association HaveburyÂ have recognised theÂ fundraising efforts of so many localÂ people and the impact the garden project will have on everyone livingÂ at Blomfield Street, and have offeredÂ to fund further garden work, such asÂ installing raised beds.
The staff are planning an Open Day toÂ thank the local community for theirÂ support once all the work is done.