A group of residents and staff members including our Chairman Mr Ray Cordell were delighted to attend the first ever Kent Charity Awards held at the Rochester Corn Exchange last week.
Strode Park was chosen as a finalist from over 150 charities and although we did not win Charity of The Year we made it through to the final 18 and had an amazing evening. It is wonderful to have the work of the charity and all the staff, volunteers and supporters recognised in this way and residents Chelsea McGonigle and Sam Dolling accepted the award on behalf of everyone.
The Lord Mayor Cllr Ann Taylor opened Strode Park’s new charity shop on Thursday 13 November at 10.30am in Bank Street Herne Bay surrounded by an audience including Strode Park’s Chairman, Chief Executive, Staff, Service Users and Volunteers.
Strode Park Foundation has had a charity shop in Herne Bay for many years, formerly located in William Street. Although the shop was very well supported it didn’t offer full wheelchair access for people with disabilities and so when the lease came to an end the Foundation sought alternative premises. The new charity shop at 17 -19 Bank Street is spacious and fully accessible enabling the Foundation to offer work experience opportunities to young adults with disabilities supporting them to increase their independence skills. They will work alongside the team of dedicated volunteers who give their time to help raise much needed funds for the charity.
Aaron Clark, Stacey Webb and Chelsea McGonigle, students of Strode Park’s Lifestyle Academy for Independence, attended the event and will all have the opportunity of working in the shop as part of their work experience programme. They also had the special duty of thanking the Lord Mayor for coming along to perform the opening ceremony and Chelsea presented her with a beautiful bouquet on behalf of the Foundation.
Herne Bay Rotary Club splashed out for Strode Park’s new hydrotherapy pool appeal by donating £1,000 towards the project to benefit many local children and adults with disabilities. The cheque was presented by Club President, Mr Eric Ashwin-Kean to Strode Park’s Head of Fundraising, Tracy Barden, following the club’s lunch meeting on Wednesday 7th May.
Mr Ashwin-Kean said, “The Rotary Club of Herne Bay is always pleased to help out local charities. In this case, we at Rotary were so glad that we could support Strode Park Foundation, one of the biggest and most deserving charities in our area, and to boost the hydrotherapy pool appeal fund to over the half way point.”
The project, which will make a huge difference to the lives of many children and adults with disabilities, has received generous support from the local community and since its launch last August has raised £118,00 towards the total target of £222,243. The Foundation is now calling for all the community to get behind the project and help make this dream project a reality by the end of this year.
Patrons gather to launch new Spa Appeal
On Thursday 1st August 2013 Strode Park Foundation launched an exciting new project to build a Spa Suite complete with Swimming Pool.
A small gathering including our Patrons Mr Terry Waite CBE and Amanda Cottrell OBE were in attendance as a presentation was made to outline the details of the build, and discuss the benefits of the spa for our residents and clients. This was followed by a tour of the Foundations services giving many of the residents and clients an opportunity to spend time with both of our Patrons making the day a very enjoyable event for everyone.
The Spa Suite will take the form of a single storey glass fronted extension, adjoined to the rear of Strode Park House nursing and residential care home. The building will be equipped with a new Spa/Therapy Pool which combines the most advanced counter current swimming technology with a luxurious home spa of the highest quality. It also includes a powered underwater treadmill for walking or running in place. The building will include changing facilities and beauty therapy room.
The Spa Suite will enable Strode Park Foundation to deliver supervised aqua therapy sessions for people needing targeted rehabilitation, and also offer a wonderful swimming/spa facility to provide physical comfort, achieve a sense of well being and improve the quality of life, especially for those otherwise unable to experience any postural position other than being in bed or being in their specially shaped wheelchair or care chair.
This project will also significantly enhance wheelchair accessibility by widening and levelling of an existing narrow corridor in Strode Park House.
The project cost is £222,000 which will be raised entirely through fundraising, we are therefore hoping to have the support of Trusts, Corporate Organisations and the general public to raise the funds and help us to achieve our goal.
If you would like to hold an event or fundraise for this project which will benefit over 300 local children & adults with disabilities we would be delighted to have your support.
Please contact Tracy Lovatt or Michelle Moxley in the Strode Park Fundraising Department.
What a difference your support makes!
A new sensory playground for the children
Thanks to the generous donations of St. James Foundation, The Lady Freemasons, Faversham and District LVA and many other groups and individual donors, we have been able to start the first phase of a brand new sensory playground at Footprints, our residential and respite care home for children with disabilities.
This fantastic new project incorporates a variety of sensory play equipment focusing on colour and sound as well as wheelchair swings, a large nest swing and a specially adapted sandpit. The first phase was completed in time for the summer holidays and the children have had a wonderful time exploring the new play area and having fun on all the equipment.
We now need to raise a further £8,000 to complete the playground and we are hoping to achieve this by next spring.
If you would like to help raise funds please contact Tracy or Michelle
in the Fundraising Department on 01227 373292. Thank you!
On the 1st December 2012 we held our Christmas Fair which was a huge success and raised a record breaking £3,000 for the charity.
Many local people and Strode Park residents turned out to do a spot of Christmas shopping from the variety of stalls which were selling wonderful gifts, toys and home produce and lots of children had the chance to meet Santa and get their lists in nice and early! Mulled wine was a popular choice of refreshment in the cold but sunny weather and our children’s entertainer had the little ones enthralled with his magic show.
We wish to thank all our volunteers, everyone that came and braved the cold weather and also the local businesses that donated goods and prizes including: Superior Care, KM Charity Treasure Chest, P&O Ferries, WHAL Ltd, Active Life, Furley Page Solicitors, Marks & Spencer, Morrisons Herne Bay & Canterbury, Reeves & Co, Canterbury Garden Centre, Herne, The Co-operative Funeralcare Canterbury/Herne Bay, The Marlowe Theatre and Theatrecraft.