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Welcome to the August newsletter for Catching Lives. With the recent hot weather, we continued our severe weather provision (SWEP) where possible to ensure our clients can stay out of the sun later into the afternoon and thank you to anyone that donated the items we requested in our last newsletter.

Our Canterbury Schools Photography competition is still open for entries up to 16th September 2022. Anyone aged 4-18 can enter by sending their best photo of Canterbury to press@catchinglives.org along with their name and age. There’s a chance to win a £100 Canterbury Gift Card and to be featured in our 2023 calendar.

Last month, we mentioned that we were joining the Funding Network’s Summer Funder with an aim of raising £10,000 to go towards our mental health support at the daycentre. We were so pleased to be a part of the Funding Network’s first ever hybrid event, allowing people to attend in-person and at home via video streaming. Our Chair of Trustees, Jason Hanford lead the pitch and did a wonderful job of describing our cause to the audience, so much so, that our final total for the evening was £15,424.38. You can watch Jason’s pitch here and once again, a huge thank you to the Funding Network and anyone that donated or watched along at home.

We have been asked by a few churches recently for a list of items that we would appreciate as we get closer to Harvest. This year, we’re particularly keen to receive instant coffee, jams, marmalades, flour and a few other food items, as well as non-food items, such as flasks, water bottles, sleeping bags and torches. You can view the full list here along with fundraiser posters.

Emma McCrudden recently spoke with Kent Biz Connect Radio Show about the rise in the number of clients at Catching Lives due to factors such as the cost of living and mental health issues that have arisen since the pandemic, as well as the shrinking funds available to help services like ours. You can listen to the full radio show here (Show 83).

Over recent years, groups of NCS students have visited Catching Lives to raise money or help us in various ways. This year, we had several groups visit to help out in the community. One group did a car wash fundraiser, one group donated shoeboxes full of items and we even had a group that visited the centre to clean and tidy our cupboards. It was great to see these innovative and caring groups of students coming up with some great ideas to raise funds and help out the charity and we are extremely grateful for their support.

Old City Bar held their Summer fete on 6th August and had a raffle, splat the rat and coconut shy. Proceeds of £372 were donated to Catching Lives and Graeme & Miriam from Catching Lives attended to support the event. Thank you to Old City Bar for their support. 

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