BARK afternoon tea raffle

Article by The Echo: A new charitable organisation launched in Billericay this January held its first successful Afternoon Tea and get together for the elderly and isolated in the community.

Local resident Abby Knight organised the Afternoon Tea on behalf of the new ongoing movement Billericay Acts of Random Kindness (Facebook page).

The tea was held at Ramsden Bellhouse Village Community Hall last Saturday April 14. Abby said:

“I just want to thank my team of ladies who have helped organise the event and also helped on the day. We had over 100 offers from cake makers and I’d like to thank these generous people who donated so many delicious cakes, tarts and other bakery items."

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“We entertained over 50 guests with, not only the afternoon tea, but with music from Adam on sax, magic from local magician Alfie Hawes and a fantastic quiz. Everything has been provided free of charge and it gives our guests the chance to get out and have a really good afternoon of fun and making new friends.”

Billericay resident Matt Everard founded BARK – Billericay Acts of Random Kindness and now have 3000 members and lots of community projects are now set up.

Projects so far include a community defibrillator and cabinet supplied and to be fitted free of charge for Brightside School Billericay and Quilters School Billericay.

There are free first aid courses being run on a weekly basis in Billericay Library now with a waiting list. A toiletries collection for parents at Broomfield Hospital and for Basildon Hospital, a book collection for St Lukes Hospice and donations to the Billericay Food Bank have also taken place.

The group are also entering this years Billericay Rotary Club Soap Box derby. They have developed a ‘BARK soap box’ to raise funds for Help For Heroes. Matt said:

“I am currently also helping Noah’s Ark Pre-school off Perry Street. They asked me to deliver some tyres to make planters in their garden and it has randomly grown into a project to develop their garden. The pre-school is a charity that support local families by providing a breakfast club and a lunch club so that parents can leave their children in a safe place whilst working. They do receive some funding, but it isn’t enough to cover costs, so they do various fundraising events just to keep the pre-school afloat. The next event will be a race night. The cost to the parents at the pre-school is cheaper than normal child care, so it makes going to work a viable proposition for many families that would not be able to otherwise work. I have started a Facebook group called NOAH’S BARK and we are requesting help from the community with sourcing plants and some building materials.”

At this moment Matt is currently looking for donations towards the groundworks for the pre-school or items sponsored from their wish list.

Any donations can be made through their fund-raising page https://be. wonderful.org/matte/2018/noahsbarkgardenproject

Article by The Echo

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