THANK YOU! to everyone who came and celebrated our 20 year anniversary of working in West Berkshire on Sunday 27th August 2017. We had glorious sunny weather, so children relished the opportunity to play out in our newly refurbished garden, thanks to a generous donation from The DM Thomas Foundation for Young People. Dingley Bear made an appearance, much to the delight of many – young and old!
Hartbeebs joined the celebrations to demonstrate the classes that they offer children at Dingley’s Promise. Magical, musical adventures that are multi-sensory, were captivating and enjoyed by many children over the afternoon. With face painting, disco and a super raffle that raised £370 towards our work, there was much to keep little hands entertained throughout!
Newbury Mayor, Cllr David Fenn opened the formal presentations, recognising the work of Dingley’s Promise in Newbury. We gave thanks to Pauline Walklett who also celebrated 20 years of service to Dingley’s Promise!
We recognise that we achieve so much with our passionate and dedicated staff team. In fact we were delighted to be joined by original staff members Pam Pickett, Liz Worth and Sue Mitchell. We also thanked our patron Lady Catherine Stevenson, on her last formal engagement for Dingley’s Promise as she steps down from the position. Lady Catherine Stevenson noted that she felt that she has gained so much from her time with Dingley’s Promise, however we are truly grateful for her support over the years.
We were so grateful to be also be joined by Town Mayor of Thatcham, Cllr Ellen Crumly and Wokingham Town Mayor, Cllr Peter Lucey to show them our work and discuss our impact on those who reside locally.
Plough on the Green joined us to award a whopping £1,000 towards our work, from their recent fundraising activities, including quiz nights and raffles, including an incredible Easter raffle. We are incredibly grateful for Ken and Jane for their continued support of our work.
We then entered our formal AGM, recognising the achievements and obstacles over the course of the last year. David Ormrod, Chair, recognised the work of our Chief Executive, Catherine McLeod to develop our services and build our reach. The year was recognised as one of consolidation, ensuring we are fit for the future, yet not wanting to stand still.
To conclude, it is fair to say that we had an amazing time and are so grateful to everyone who joined us to mark the occasion and continue to support us! – Thank you!