Every month, we have the pleasure of thanking wonderful volunteers and supporters. And as 2017 draws to a close, the chance to reflect back on the wonderful people in our network who have gone above and beyond to help their fellow neighbours becomes even more poignant.
We have some wonderful volunteers that take on challenges for us. In late October, Patsy ran the Dublin Marathon, raising an incredible £900 for South London Cares by running 26.2 miles in 4 hours 26 minutes. What a great time, and amazing amount of money raised for older neighbours in Southwark and Lambeth.
Late last month, on November 27th, the lovely Maya also took on a challenge for South London Cares. Maya ran the Richmond Half Marathon and raised a phenomenal £448.85. Thank you Patsy and Maya for your fantastic efforts!
Patsy and Maya weren’t the only ones braving a run for South London Cares. Yesterday, a team of 20 people from Cloudflare, Octopus, our volunteer network and Charlie and Emily from the South London Cares staff took on Santa in the City. During this 5k run, hundreds of Santa’s raced along the Thames. As well as the Christmas joy our team gave us as they dashed, pranced and blitzed their way around the course, they also have raised £3,088 and counting between them for South London Cares! Christmas has come early for sure. Thank you Santa’s!
As well as reflecting back on the year, we've been looking forward to what's ahead. Aoife, Sophia and Sophie at Deloitte helped us to organise a focus group with key supporters that have helped us over the years. We had an evening of pizza and chatting about how we could do things even better at South London Cares. A huge thanks to Deloitte for leading the session, Southwark Brewing for opening up especially for us, and of course to the volunteers that gave up their evening to help us!
Elsewhere, Emer took her LYN match, Jean, for a trip to our Script Reading social club in Camberwell, where they performed Pride and Prejudice. After two hours of laughter and Mr Darcy, Jean told us, “it’s really lifted my spirits”. Well, its lifted ours too Jean!
South London Cares has also been in the media! We want to thank Jack and Roy for the time they spent recording 'A Culture of Encounter' on Radio 4 for South London Cares last month. We're so grateful for their eloquence and warmth speaking about their friendship on the Love Your Neighbour programme.
Bill and Josh also volunteered themselves for our Big Give Christmas Challenge Campaign video. Thank you Bill and Josh for letting us share your lovely friendship for the campaign. The video was a real hit, which was watched over 1,700 times by people across the network! Here is the video, incase you missed it:
Finally, the Big Give Christmas Challenge finished this week. It was a week long campaign where any donations made to South London Cares were doubled. It relied on the generosity of our supporters to donate, and we were truly humbled that people from across the network, as well as new supporters, came out in force to back the campaign. Thank you to everyone that donated – you helped raise a staggering £11,263.25 for our Winter Wellbeing project, helping older neighbours in Southwark and Lambeth stay warm, active, healthy and connected over the chilly season.
To everyone that has volunteered, donated or fundraised for South London Cares this year, I’d like to take this opportunity to say thank you. We wouldn’t exist without your continued support. May your holidays be merry and bright!
Posted by Johanna Brooks on Thursday 7th December 2017
Johanna is the Development Coordinator at South London Cares. She heads up our fundraising programme, cheering on our donors, challenge fundraisers and all those that help to make our activities possible.