On Saturday we held our very first Foundation for Change fundraiser at the Windmill Pub in Old St to which heaps of people came, showed support and dug deep into their pockets to help raise funds for someone to go onto the NEXT Project we run at work. The evening included moving speeches from people who had the done the project, giving everyone a sense of how it helped change their lives, as well as live music, a charity auction, and a raffle. It would be an understatement to say that we were blown away by people’s generosity and warmth, and reminded of just what can be achieved when people connect and come together for a cause such as that. It also helped raise awareness of substance misuse and hopefully showed that the cliche of what the average drug user or alcoholic is like is just that, a cliche. It seems that most people nowadays know someone that has experienced dependency on drugs or alcohol.

It was a massively successful evening with £1690 raised on the night alone. We’ve also so far raised £475 on our online donation page at http://www.givey.com/ffc, bringing the total raised to £2165. The original plan was to put one person through the NEXT Project. We’re happy to say that we managed to source some funding to help pay for travel expenses and have reduced our overheads so that the money will be used to put four people on the course that starts next week.

A huge thank you to everyone who came on the night or who has donated money, time, and energy to help us set up Foundation for Change and launch our first ever group under the new charity. I was also so incredibly touched by just how many of the people that came were those that I know through yoga – a community I’m really happy to be a part of. I felt moved and heartened by the entire evening and think I walked around with a grin pasted across my face for all of it. It’s easy to feel very disheartened by humanity doing the work I do and hearing the stories I hear… Saturday has helped restore that faith.

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