Fundraising Update October 2015

October 18, 2015

Fund-raising is a key priority for the charity to enable it to go on benefiting thousands of children each year. Many charities like THF are under funding pressure while demand increases.  Trustees are especially  grateful to those THF supporters who donate by monthly DD and we would warmly encourage further support this way. In addition, donating through VirginMoneyGiving directly or through sponsoring THF events is great, as tax-payers can recover the tax they have paid and it comes to the charity.

Postie for THF

Right now, super-fit Lance Mason, the THF postie who delivers all THF mail to the charity address, is asking for support from friends and THF supporters.  He is going to run the Dartmoor Vale Marathon on 25th October and would really welcome sponsors.

Go online here to donate and to give Lance a cheerful and supportive message.  A marathon is a real challenge and we are so grateful to Lance for his efforts for the charity. Go, Lance, go! Donating to Lance this way means tax paid by the donor is recovered for the charity!


Madshow 2015, Dawlish

Chris Matanlé performed with Helen in local shows when they were both youngsters and makes his living in design and theatre. Committed to the arts in all forms and determined to encourage theatrical performance among young people – and raise funds for THF – Chris conceived  Madshow 2015! 

Pictured left is Jack Matanlé, Choreographer, putting the cast through their paces during the 24 rehearsal.

Chris auditioned for 20  people to take part in a 24 hour performance marathon.  The cast met at 6.00pm on a Saturday at The Shaftesbury Theatre, Dawlish where Chris revealed the 20 songs from the musicals that would be performed on the Sunday evening, including dance routines. The cast and stage crew worked throughout the 24 hours to learn the numbers for the show and performed to a packed theatre on the Sunday evening. What a triumph!

With commitment, energy, passion – and talent! – the cast gave a brilliant show.THF Trustees are hugely grateful to Chris and everyone who took part – all of whom volunteered their services – for such a massive effort for the charity.  The Shaftesbury Theatre team could not have been more helpful and accommodating and the evening ended on a real high.

Over £700 was raised by the event.  Superb!

 Nourish Festival, Bovey Tracey

For the second year in succession, the Nourish festival of craft, music and food at Bovey Tracey was a triumphant success.

Driving force Ian Wellens is a founder member of The Cheese Shed – a thriving business operating from Bovey Tracey, that won Best Independent Retailer in the 2011 Observer Food Monthly Awards.

The Cheese Shed raised money for THF by nominating THF as their current charity, inviting on-line customers to make a donation that The Cheese Shed matched, £ for £.

The project raised £700 and Trustees are very grateful for this terrific support. Pictured is Ian Wellens of The Cheese Shed, with Annie and Roger Kirk

S.O.A.S Ceilidh Band

For many years, this Ceilidh band has visited Devon on a mini-tour and played at the Bishop John pub, Bishopsteignton, to raise funds for THF.  This year, twelve players arrived and were supplemented by local players to produce a delightful afternoon and evening of music.  £50 was raised for THF and a great time was enjoyed by all who attended.  Thank you so much!

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