Monday, 23 June 2014

Civic day success in Blackpool

 Blackpool Civic Day was a celebration of giving when local charities were invited to have stalls at a fair hosted by Blackpool Civic Trust in St John's Church - right in the heart of the resort's town centre.
And the Happy House was delighted to be a part of the day which was an opportunity to make new friends for our family and to have a lot of fun.
Our volunteer coordinator, Elizabeth Gomm, who is in the sponsor families of Pendo  Francis and Happy John,  had a willing team of helpers- friends and sponsors. Lynn Baya Thoya (Musyoka); Jackie Fineman (Charity and Stevie); Andrea Manders (Natasha Thoya) and Joanne Rossall (Linus). Joanne brought along her daughter Charlotte and her friend Annie Whittle.
Charlotte and Annie get a special mention as they worked so hard and visitors to our stall commented on how helpful and polite they were, and thought how nice it was to see children helping a children's charity.
Visitors to our tombola, and who were also happy to have a go at picking a stick to win a kangaroo keyring, included some VIPs -  Blackpool South MP, Gordon Marsden; the Mayor's consort, Alan Haynes;  the vicar of St Stephen's on the Cliffs, Canon Andrew Sage, Wave radio presenter Andy Mitchell and Civic Trust chairman, Joan Humble.
A big thank you to the Civic Trust for inviting us, to everyone who came to visit us and to all those who donated prizes or made donations. Special thanks to the Civic Trust social secretary Sharon Sanderson-Roberts.
It was a lovely day which resulted in £180 for the our Happy House family.
Pictures: Top left: Joan Humble, Andy Mitchell, Nick Entwistle, Lynn Baya Thoya, Gordon Marsden.
Above left: MP Gordon Marsden has a go on the tombola.
Above right:  Top left: Canon Andrew Sage with Annie and Charlotte; Top right: Annie and Charlotte with Mayor's consort Alan Haynes; and (bottom) Andrea, Joanne and Jackie.