Summer Raffle

Following the success of our two Christmas Raffles (which between them raised £4,519) we decided to hold a Summer Raffle this year, with all the prizes being vouchers donated by restaurants and cafes. A big thank you to everyone who donated prizes and who bought tickets. The raffle raised £661.00 and the winners were:

A £70 voucher for any Côte Restaurant                                          Ticket 00714

A £60 voucher for the Hatton Arms                                                 Ticket 00631

A 3 course lunch with wine at any Le Bistrot Pierre restaurant       Ticket 00109

Afternoon tea for tea at Vinteas, Leamington Spa                          Ticket 00420

A 2 course meal for two at The Leopard, Bishop’s Tachbrook        Ticket 00328

2 places on a Rice & Roll Sushi School at Yo! Sushi,                     Ticket 00652

A full platter at Nando’s, Leamington                                              Ticket 00370

A £10 voucher for The Almanack, Kenilworth                                 Ticket 00299

Smith Street Party – 25th July 2015

Having heard good things about the Smith Street Party in Warwick (run alongside the Warwick Folk Festival) we decided to take part this year and sold tickets in our Summer Raffle, which proved very popular, with £237 worth of tickets sold. We hope to be back next year.

We were less lucky the following day when persistent heavy rain put pay to our plans to sell more tickets at the Warwick Folk Festival event in Warwick Market Square. A big thank you to the volunteers who braved the elements before calling it a day at lunchtime and heading for home, very wet and dispirited.

Kenilworth Carnival July 4th 2015

As always, it seemed the whole of Kenilworth was in party mood and once the Carnival procession had passed though the town they turned out in their thousands to the Abbey Fields. We ran a tombola which proved very popular (despite lots of competition for the other charity stalls taking part again this year) and a total of £412.85 was raised.

The First Leamington Business Show

Thanks to the generosity of organiser, Jonathan Smith, we were able to attend the first Leamington Business Show, held at the Town Hall on Friday 27th February. It was a great event, with over 70 local companies exhibiting and lots of visitors which gave us a chance to network and make some valuable contacts.

Royal Priors Collection

Our very busy fund raising year came to a close with our traditional collection at the Royal Priors in Leamington. Busy shoppers enjoying the January sales and relaxed after Christmas were in a generous mood (as usual) and donated £874.50 to the Ebola Crisis Appeal.

2014 Christmas Raffle

Audrey Gerrons and Mike Hardiman make the draw

Audrey Gerrons and Mike Hardiman make the draw

We had been so pleased with the results of our first Christmas Raffle in 2013 that we just had to have another one – which raised a fantastic £2,362.00. Ninety-one year old Audrey Gerrons, the oldest volunteer at the Save the Children shop in Regent Street, made the draw on December 19th and the winning tickets were:





A three night weekend stay in a five-star Cotswold holiday cottage     Ticket 00277

A gift basket from McIntosh & Paul of Leamington Spa                       Ticket 02564

Four tickets to Warwick Castle tickets                                                 Ticket 02658

Kindle Paperwhite                                                                               Ticket 00537

A £50 voucher for Bill’s restaurant in Leamington Spa                         Ticket 00545

A family ticket for the Heritage Motor Centre                                       Ticket 01904

Crabtree & Evelyn gift set of hand-cream                                            Ticket 02390

A silver necklace donated by Hats & Co of Leamington Spa               Ticket 01336

A Lakeland mini cupcake-maker and recipe book                               Ticket 02340

A bottle of Remy Martin Fine Champagne Cognac                              Ticket 01224

A Sainsbury’s voucher for £10                                                             Ticket 01926

A Neal’s Yard voucher for £10                                                              Ticket 00059

We are very grateful to everyone who donated prizes and purchased tickets. We are now planning our 2015 Christmas Raffle and would love to hear from anyone who is able to donate a prize or who can sell tickets for us.

Thank You, Warwickshire College

Sue Georgious, Ann Bailey and Angela Northam

Sue Georgious, Ann Bailey and Angela Northam

We are always delighted when other people decide to raise funds for us and out of the blue we received a cheque for £115.29 from the staff at the Leamington campus of Warwickshire College. It was great having an opportunity to meet up with Sue Georgious (Interim Principal) and Angela Northam (Student Recruitment Team member) and to collect the cheque.

Yuletide Market

We donned our thermal long johns again on 14th December – although it was the wind that was the problem, rather than the cold – and had a stall at the Leamington Yuletide Market (thanks to the generosity of market organisers E G Sketts who we will miss working with in the future). We ran our very popular logo game of chance and sold tickets for the Christmas raffle – and battled with the gusty wind all day but still managed to raise £219.19.