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The support of children with additional needs, aged eleven or under, living within Okehampton, Tavistock and surrounding villages, by providing grants and equipment. In making decisions, the trustees aim to give children a full and rich life and provide opportunities that might not be possible without additional financial support.
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|Next meeting of the Trustees is Tuesday 6th June 2017
If you wish to make an application please download the form and send it as soon as possible so that it can be fully considered prior to the meeting.
(Where appropriate, urgent requests will be considered earlier.)
The Tavistock Passion - Good Friday (14th April)
Under the leadership of producer and chorus master, Steven Martin, over 100 Volunteer actors, singers, and stage crew came together from across the local community to perform the first Tavistock Passion Play in living memory - written and directed by David Stranks, with scenes linked by original music from award-winning local composer Andrew Wilson.
A large crowd followed the action, across five locations around the historic Parish Church and the Victorian civic buildings.
Congratulations to all concerned for their wonderful portrayal of the events leading up to the Passion and Crucifixion of Jesus. Special congratulations go to Billy Allen for his portayal of Jesus and the moving and effective crucifixion scene - much enhanced by the evocative singing from the choir.
Eight Mary Budding trustees and friends stood among the crowds, holding collecting buckets. We much enjoyed the friendly atmosphere and were very grateful for the generous donations to the Trust. In total we made an amazing £1426.73 (and 10 cents!) Many thanks to all!
SEE PHOTOS IN PICTURE GALLERY
Fundrasing Support from the Barker Family
Having received a grant from the Trust, (see next article) the Barker family of Weeke Farm, Spreyton, are fundraising throughout March, to support
STOP PRESS . . . Very many thanks from the Trustees, as we now know that the Barker family's sterling efforts have raised £305 for the Trust. What a wonderful achievement!
. . . and a Thank You From Them for Their Grant!
Thank you so much for the funding so that we could purchase a Pulseguard sleep monitor so that we can monitor our precious Isabelle while she sleeps.
With the risk of SUDEP (Sudden Unexplained Death in Epilepsy Patients) being terrifyingly real, it means that we know she's safe whilst she's sleeping, which means that we can sleep at night. We really can't explain how much this means to our family and how it has a huge impact on our lives.
Thank you so much.
Anthony, Sarah and Isabelle xxx
Fundraising from Venus!
Grateful thanks to Venus Beauty and Hair salon of Duke Street, Tavistock for their wonderful fundraising efforts over the past year.
Also seen in the centre of the photo: our Chair Jackie Freedman (R), secretary Sandra Daymond (L) and Venus owner, John Worall, receiving the £500 cheque from the team at Venus Beauty and Hair. What a splendid effort! Photo: James Bird
Seen here is John Worrall having a sponsored waxing, last October, to help the fundraising for the charity - brave man!
Thank you Bere Alston Primary School Year 6 Pupils . . .
. . . for organising and running a Coffee Morning, which raised a huge £280 for The Trust! A wonderful effort on their part which will go towards helping children with additional needs.
Among Our Latest Grants Have Also Been . . .
. . . for Whitchurch Pre-School . . . a sofa with removable covers to help them to build their special quiet area to support and enhance work on developing communication skills. This key piece of furniture provides a homely, caring environment supporting communication and language. It will also encourage listening and attention and provide a calm, quiet area for children to build relationships with adults and peers and, thus benefit all the children. As you can see from the photo, they all think it's a 'fab' idea!
. . . and for Kian . . . a new, specially designed pushchair to help keep him safe when he is out and about . . .
. . . and a special calm place for him and his sensory toys.
The Viking Invasion!
On Sunday 12th June, part of the Meadows in Tavistock came under the control of Vikings. A wonderful fundraising day - brilliantly organised by Tavistock Round Table - consisted of a tournament of a game called "Viking Kubb" (pronounced "koob") plus a display from "Hildsvin" - a Dark Age re-enactment group.
Teams from local schools and charities took part - vying for a share of the prize money, with the winning team from each group receiving £500 and all runners up receiving £100 from the Round Table.
Three Mary Budding Trustees and their wives took part in the tournament, thus earning £100 for the Trust.
Sadly, we were narrowly beaten in the semi-final but we did receive a certificate to prove we took part! Great fun all round and even the rain showers didn't dampen anyone's spirits (pun intended!)
Many thanks to Tavistock Round Table for their excellent organisation and delicious bacon baps, burgers and cakes (not forgetting the hot, cold and alcoholic beverages) And a special thanks for their donations to the charities involved.