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Salisbury Journal: Painting raises £750 for council leader's causes


A RAFFLED painting raised £750 for charity after tickets were sold over ten months.

East Dorset Council chairman Malcolm Birr drew the winning ticket at his gala dinner, pulling out the name of Glenys Hazlehurst. Now the framed oil painting of Wimborne Minster, specially provided by local artist Paul Dolman, will take pride of place in her Ashley Heath home.

Cllr Birr’s chosen charities, Marie Curie Cancer Care and Home-Start South East Dorset are both set to benefit from his year of fundraising. Cllr Birr said: “I would like to congratulate Glenys on winning this painting and thank her, along with everyone who bought raffle tickets throughout the past 10 months, for supporting my chosen charities, Marie Curie Cancer Care and Home-Start South East Dorset.

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Warrington Guardian: Meet our charity of the year - Home Start


FOR 15 years Home-Start Warrington has been on hand to help parents to build a better future for their children by providing support to families in need. The independent charity, which was founded in 1999, assists families with children under five who are experiencing difficulties and are struggling to cope by recruiting and training volunteers. Due to the dedicated and tireless work of the staff and volunteers and the important impact they have on the community, Home-Start Warrington has been selected as the Warrington Guardian’s charity of the year.

Kate Griffiths, scheme manager, said: “Home-Start is an amazing charity that helps some of the most vulnerable families in Warrington to achieve the best for their children. Over the last 15 years, Home-Start has trained more than 200 volunteers, supported more than 800 families and 2,100 children.This is due in no small part to the kind volunteers in Warrington who give up their time each week to help and support families.”

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Nottingham Post: Antiques hoarders have valuations by expert Charles Hanson


Hoarders raided their attics and cupboards to dig out heirlooms and antiques to be valued on Tuesday. Celebrity expert Charles Hanson was in town for one day and cast his eye over valuables from far and wide.

Scores of people turned up for the event, held at the Church of the Assumption in Beeston, which raised money and awareness for local charities Citizens Advice Broxtowe and Home-Start Nottingham.

“It’s just all about giving back and combining my day job with charity work,” the star of The Antiques Road Trip said.

Hertfordshire Mercury: One Million Children campaign

March 2014

Hertford based Home-Start UK wants to hear the stories from their voluneteers for their national One Million Children campaign

FAMILIES and volunteers connected to Home-Start East Herts are being asked to share their stories for a national One Million Children campaign.Since 1973 Home-Start UK has helped one million children across the UK, by providing emotional and practical support to families in need, with the help of many generous volunteers.

Now Home-Start East Herts would like to hear families’ stories of how they have been supported, and would also like current and former volunteers to add their experiences of helping families.

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Loughborough Echo: Snowflake cash for Home-Start


Loughborough Echo: Snowflake cash for Home-Start

HOUSES across a Loughborough neighbourhood filled with snowflakes as part of a new festival to raise money for children’s charity Home-Start UK.

Inspired by Heather Scarecrow Festival, Annie O’Brian, of Cambridge Street, who works for the charity, teamed up with Glenda Thomson to come up with the idea of a Snowflake Festival as part of Home-Start’s national Snowflake Appeal. In total 30 teams, made up of homes and community groups in and around Cambridge Street, signed up to take part – decorating their homes with snowflakes, ranging from chocolate wrappers to crochet.

Judges from Churchgate bistro Goodliffe’s then toured the area to pick their favourite design. The winners, Team Young – who decorated their house with fake snow – will receive a meal for two at the restaurant.

The displays stayed up for a week for members of the public to see and maps detailing their locations were available from Toothill Grocers in exchange for a small donation to the charity. All those who took part also got together to enjoy hot chocolate, soup and cakes – all with a snowflake theme.

Altogether £230 was raised. Read more




Has anyone done anything special to mark St George's Day? Some dragon hunting perhaps?!
by Home-Start UK
on 23/04/2014 07:00
Here are the books that volunteers will be taking out to families in Pendle to celebrate World Book Night. Thanks World Book Night!
by Home-Start Pendle and Ribble Valley
on 23/04/2014 02:27
I had my introduction today and just wanted to say thank you, the people that came round were lovely and we had a good laugh. I was really nervous about meeting them because I am a very shy person, I have one of the ladies coming back Friday to help me to get to groups and I'm looking forward to leaving the house with the kids without my hubby having to be there to help push the pram about.
by Steph Donnelly-Butt
on 23/04/2014 01:47
Home-Start Dudley and many other local #HomeStarts are looking for people interested in becoming home-visiting #volunteers for upcoming preparation courses. Contact your nearest Home-Start to see if they need you
by Home-Start UK
on 23/04/2014 10:00
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by Home-Start UK
on 22/04/2014 07:00

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