Over the last 3 months the local community has been supporting 21 Together and posting their green tokens into the Community Slot in John Lewis. We would like to say a massive THANK YOU to all those who supported us with tokens and spread the word to families and friends. They have raised a whooping £1050.00, this will go towards running more courses for families and professionals and helping us raise awareness in the local area.
21 Together relies entirely on public support so if you are able to support us, had over to our fundraising page.
We want to give a big shout out and a huge thank you to the Bay Trust in St Margaret’s Bay near Dover. They are kindly sponsoring the Wills and Trusts Training on Sunday 22nd January 2017.
They have given us free use the Pines Calyx eco-venue and are providing refreshments as well!
What is the Pines Calyx?
The Pines Calyx is a truly unique, sustainable venue set 6 acres of organic gardens. It is the first venue in Europe to be designed and built using the principles of cradle-to-cradle design, combining the healthiest environment with the lowest carbon footprint of any venue in the UK. To understand more about how this building connects to the wider context of the Trust’s work read on…
Who are the Bay Trust and what do they do?
The Bay Trust is an environmental education charity based at two campuses between Dover and Deal. Their mission is to empower children and adults to work towards a healthy, low impact way of living.
When you visit, everything around you is about reconnecting with the natural world. Their inspiring spaces include dedicated outdoor classrooms, the award winning Pines Calyx, and an organic garden and tea room. All these projects involve cooperating with nature to improve the biodiversity of the land they manage. They would not exist without the efforts of their dedicated trustees, staff and volunteers as well as the organisations they are partnered with.
Many different groups benefit from coming and using their facilities. Mainstream and special schools can visit for drop in sessions or week long residential stays. Adults with additional needs and the long term unemployed come daily to engage in gardening and admin skills. Individual learners from local colleges can take advantage of formal apprenticeships. These include horticulture and organic land management as well as skills in accounting and marketing for the third sector.
All of the programmes they offer are designed to enhance self awareness, nurture productive relationships and help manage personal or social challenges. These could range from limited opportunities, ill health, exclusion from mainstream education or simply a transition between different stages in life. Supporting people and the environment they inhabit is at the heart of what they do.
The venue is offered free of charge to local charities like 21 Together for 3 days every month. Please contact Simon McGhie on 01304 851 737 or via www.baytrust.org.uk to check availability and discuss T&C’s
Thank you Bay Trust for supporting 21 Together and the Kent community!
21 Together has a Community Matters green token slot during October
Waitrose in Ashford is kindly supporting 21 Together and we have a Community Matters Green Token Slot which is live NOW! The slot will be there during October and we will get a share of £1000 based on the amount of tokens in our slot.
So if you are popping in for a bit of shopping or a coffee we would be really grateful if you could support us and post your green token in our slot. Thank you everyone!
But, who did we spot shopping in Waitrose? This lovely lady has a very important role within 21 Together. She is our official photographer Jurgita Barton.
Jurgita is a professional photographer and friend who has supported 21 Together from the beginning. She took the photographs which have formed our website and spent all day taking pictures at our Launch Day in May. Jurgita has always given her expertise and time for free and we cannot thank her enough.
This time we made her pose for the camera rather than being behind it!
Big thanks to Jane and Alastair, Sarah’s lovely parents-in-law, who hosted a fundraising lunch for 50 of their friends at their home in Grafton Underwood. Everyone had a great time and they raised a phenomenal £1500.
21 Together relies on our community helping us to raise funds to ensure we can keep providing high quality, affordable and local training for everyone that supports a person with Down’s syndrome. As well as your help to keep building and delivering our awareness campaigns. We are hoping to expand our univeristy sessions into early years and education as well as midwifery. It means that we can move forward and explore new ways of supporting our community. There is so much we can do to raise expectations within our community and to build awareness outside our community. However, to succeed we need YOUR support.
If you feel you could help us raise funds then please see the fundraising page for more information about how you can help.
National Citizen Group in Ashford Fundraise for 21 Together
The National Citizen Group in Ashford had seven days to organise a fundraising event to support a charity of their choice. We were very lucky as they chose to support 21 Together! But they didn’t do just one event, they did two. On gaining sponsorship from family and friends, the team ran the 5k Ashford Park Run on Saturday 13th August. The following day they organised a Fun Day at the CXK building in Ashford. They ran many stalls, these included, hook the duck, glitter tattoos, throw the balls, biscuit decorating, name the teddy, a cake stall, a raffle, and leg waxing for the boys, for a donation – painful but funny!
With all their effort and hard work they managed to raise an amazing £578.84 Thank you each and every one of you for all your support.
Jason Brown is supporting 21 Together by competing in the Great North Run
Jason is competing in the Great North Run on Sunday 11th September 2016 to raise funds for 21 Together to support our work. Jason is the proud father of two wonderful children, Harry and Maeve. Harry is an incredible little boy who also happens to have been born with Down’s syndrome.
The Great North Run is the UK’s biggest half marathon which has full TV coverage. It is 13.1 miles long, and is run from Newcastle to Gateshead. If you tune in you might actually spot Jason! He has been training hard at every opportunity and he would love to beat the two hour mark.
John Lewis in Ashford is kindly supporting 21 Together and we have a Community Matters Green Token Slot which is live NOW! The slot will be there until September and we will get a share of £3000 based on the amount of tokens in our slot.
So if you are popping in for a spot of shopping or a coffee we would be really grateful if you could support us and post your green token in our slot. Thanks everyone!
Team Tynan – Complete the London to Brighton Charity Bike Ride
A huge well done to Mike Tynan and his friends, Ben Skinley, Martyn Jeynes, James Simmons and Liam Corr who completed the London to Brighton Charity Bike Ride on Sunday 26th June 2016 in 4 hours and 46 minutes and have raised an amazing £4,057.50 (including gift aid) for 21 Together.
Mike, pictured on the left, is the proud dad to two beautiful girls, Abi and Jessica. Jessica is a gorgeous little girl who also happens to have been born with Down’s syndrome.
We want to say a big thank you not only to Mike and Team Tynan for all their hard work but to all the family members and friends who sponsored them. The support that has been given is truly amazing! The money raised will help us immensely to plan future training events and provide the well needed information and support within our community.
We are pleased to report that now the event is over, Mike can now eat cake!
It is not too late to support Mike and his Team, you can sponsor them by Donating Here.
If you would like to do an event to support 21 together then please get in touch on firstname.lastname@example.org or just set up an online fundraising page.
We are proud to announce that our recent Launch day was a huge success.
We had great fun in the main room with food, crafts and biscuit making followed by information and a quick opening speech from our Trustees. A few tears were shed as we officially launched 21 together.
The sponsored walk was a hit with the families and everyone loved their treasure at the end. Even some of our super young walkers managed the whole route on foot. Great work guys!
The whole team would like to thank everyone involved, those who gave their time to help on the day, the businesses who helped us with prizes, everyone who donated or arranged sponsorship and the people who came to support us including Canterbury Christchurch University and Mid Kent College.
The day ended perfectly with some beautiful cakes, face painting and fun in the park. The weather was amazing and we are so thankful to everyone who donated the super scrummy cakes. The face painting was a hit and a big thank you goes to Julie and Sarah for helping us out. Lastly our beautiful photographs were taken by Jurgita Barton in her own time and we are super grateful for all the work she has put in not only at launch but before.
We still have some final accounting to go but our rough fundraising for the day in total is around £5000
That means we can go on to start booking our next set of courses for parents, carers and professionals so keep your eyes peeled for news on upcoming events.
A massive thank youto Isha Quee who is leading a team for a sponsored Zumbathon on the 12th June. If you like to get your groove on whilst keeping fit then why not join her! Check it out here. Or support Isha by donating here. For more info just contact us at email@example.com.
If you have any fundraising ideas and want to support us please get in touch and we will do everything we can to help.