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Newsletter September 2016


Another busy month for the local charity who support children going through or post cancer treatment along with their family. Janet Walker-Smith (founder) said “The charity has had a busy time with the many events the charity has been able to engage with, to give a families a number of choices to enjoy the summer holiday’s. We was delighted to be invited to the DHL fun day, with the families able to attend having a wonderful time, a camp at Emberton Park and track days at both Silverstone and Rockingham speedway, thanks to donations from Marshalls, the Northampton Academy, and Scott Bader; the families had a wonderful time. We also look forward to meeting and welcoming our new member of the team Rachel, to help with the increased work load we are now seeing for event management”.
A massive thank you to DHL’s Kayla Wheller for holding a charity fun day for our charity, it was an amazing day as they offered our charity families free wristbands for the children. With lots going on such as a 55ft inflatable obstacle course, children’s bouncy castle, DJ, BBQ, candy floss machine, popcorn machine, tug of war, penalty shoot out, a raffle, ice creams, guest appearances from Frozen’s Anna & Elsa and from Ninja Turtles Leonardo, fire engines, face painting, inflatable gladiator ring, stalls and lots more. They also surprised us by raising a total of £821, just brilliant!

A massive thank you to Ian Patchett at Marshalls for holding a cake sale for our charity, raising lots of money and sending us a cheque of £328.51. Marshalls is a leading United Kingdom based manufacturer of natural stone and hard concrete landscaping products, supplying the construction, home improvement and landscape markets.

A massive thank you to Simon White at Northampton Academy for getting his hair shaved off by his own boss in front of hundreds of students all for charity one lunch time, raising a lot of money and sending us a cheque of £230.

A massive thank you to James McTaggart from Scott Bader UK Ltd, for a donation of £120. Scott Bader UK Ltd based in Wollaston, have continued to support us for a number of years now and we really appreciate their continued support.

Last month thanks to a donation from Marshalls, Northampton Academy and Scott Bader UK, saw the charity families treated to camping at Emberton Park where they had a BBQ and Fish & Chips supper. Then on Sunday 14th August they were also treated to a VIP hospitality special day at Silverstone Truck Festival, with 13 families attending. The event which included the top 100 transport companies, monster model & remote control trucks, school exhibitions & children entertainment, industry stalls, markets, family funfair, Truxx factor track displays and competitions. A massive thank you to them all and to Silverstone for their kind generosity.

Since 2010 thanks to the support of the donations we receive from Birches cup and many others the charity caravan in Telham on the East Sussex coast, has been offering our families to enjoy some quality time together for a weekend or a week at a time. With on site leisure club with pool spa, gym, restaurant, games room with snooker table, table tennis, skate ­ park, all weather tennis courts, fishing and an entertainment program. Beautiful country walks through the Sussex Downs, the beach is 3 miles away, with places to visit Bexhill ­ On ­ Sea, St Leonards ­ On ­ Sea, Battle, Rye, Brighton, Bournemouth and more. We wanted to share a recent testimonial from Jodine and Russell Hyland; “Having the use of the charity caravan is such a blessing for us, every year we are allocated a week and it is a week that we cherish and enjoy as a family. It is so quiet and relaxing there and we have use of an indoor pool which the children love to use every day. We have made so many special memories because of the NCTLC charity van, from playing in the park, building sandcastles on the beach and spending hours trying to win all sorts of silly prizes on the 2p arcades!!!! So much laughter and happiness is gifted to us for one week every year and we appreciate it so very much”.

An Appeal for the 17th September, as we are looking for decorating equipment such as paint brushes, magnolia paint, gloss paint, tape, old dust sheets, decorating scissors, paint scraper and methylated spirits for cleaning the paint brushes, along with a sign maker for the board outside the office.

From our allotment Manager Alistair McCarter this month, he said “We have really tried to focus on fun, rewarding and unusual veg. So far this year we have harvested beetroot, radishes and baby carrots, mangetouts peas which tasted very sweet straight off the vine, onions, gooseberries, strawberries, potatoes, courgettes and runner beans. I am particularly pleased with the sweetcorn which should be ready soon if we get a bit more rain to plump up the cobs, the runner bean wigwam is a great little hideaway, we have some unusual shaped courgettes still growing along with a bite size cucumber called a cucamelon, and we still have pumpkins and peppers to look forward to. I am particularly pleased with the amount of flowers we have managed to grow including some very fragrant Sweet Peas and some Statice in a great variety of colours, ready for cutting and hanging up to use as dried flowers in the autumn/winter. I would like to add a thank you to Morrison’s for the donation of the compost as it was most useful”. The 2 pictures below show the hard work our Allotment manager has made to transform the charity plot, well done Alistair!

We are delighted to announce a Rachel Clements will be starting with the charity in September; her role will be to handle all events, and assist with other charity office day to day issues.

Please contact the office on 01604 811025 or email nctlctrust.enquiries@gmail.com should you like to offer any time, or would like to know further information.

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