Tuesday, 22 June 2021

ON Wednesday, November 9 an event was held at the Chantry House in Henley to support the work of the Children’s Society.

The evening was attended by members of the local community and was jointly hosted by Matthew Reed, chief executive of the society, and Daniel Bausor, chairman of the Henley Appeal Committee.

The committee has been supporting the society since the Seventies and has raised huge amounts of money at its annual Regatta Café, where volunteers serve lunches and afternoon teas to people during Henley Royal Regatta. Mr Reed thanked those present for their unwavering support and said: “I was so delighted to meet and personally thank a number of people in Henley who so generously give their time and money to enable the Children’s Society to transform the lives of the some of the most damaged children in the UK.”

There was also a talk about the society’s Include programme, which supports children and young people who care for parents or siblings who suffer from chronic illness or disability.

Luella Goold, a participation worker for Include, spoke about her experience of working with young carers and the effect that being a young carer can have on a child’s education.

There was also an update on the partnership between the Henley Festival and the Children’s Society.

Mr Bausor said: “Our brilliant group of volunteers in Henley is making a genuine difference in changing the lives of young carers who miss out on their childhood and typically underachieve at school by fund-raising directly for the Include programme in Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire.

“However, there’s so much more that needs to be done. If you’re interested in supporting in any way — from giving your ideas to support fundraising initiatives or just having a collection box for your spare change at home — please get in touch.”

For more information, call regional fund-raising manager Rachel Brockie on 01367 241273 or email her at Rachel.Brockie@childrens

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