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WAD 2016 & Bunnings Sausage Sizzle and Cake Sale 2017

Hi All,

Sorry to have been so quiet, so much going on so little time to update our blog ! Where to begin ? Firstly to report that our World Aids Day events in Luton and our busking event in St Albans City went very well indeed. We displayed the Stand Tall Get Snapped project again in December 2016 for WAD in conjunction with the Luton NHS and third sector services at the Carnival Arts Centre. The exhibition was again well received by all who attended and our regular busking event in St Albans City Centre on 03 December raised over £2000! An amazing result indeed and we are truly grateful to all those who took part, performed and held collecting buckets for us on the day and of course immense thanks to those wonderfully generous individuals who made donations as ever!

For the Christmas period we had a Christmas tree outside our building throughout the season, loaded with condoms and info packs for people to take as they passed the building day or night. This seems to have been universally popular and so we will do the same again next year for sure.

Moving onto 2017 we were pleased to have been chosen by Bunnings (the new Australian owners of Homebase) be part of the launch of the first UK Bunnings stores. The two former Homebase stores in St Albans are the first stores to reopen as Bunnings. The company have a great interest in supporting the community and working with charities and groups to help them achieve their objectives. So far Bunnings have helped us enormously by redecorating our therapy, counselling and treatment room and supplying equipment to help us with our work.

On the 18th of February as part of the ongoing celebrations we will be hosting the “SausageSizzle” and cake sale at the branch in Griffiths Way St Albans AL1 2RJ from 9am to 4pm. All proceeds from the sale will come to us so please do come along, buy a sausage from the BBQ or a cake from the stall and help us keep helping those in the community, and check out the great deals at the UK’s newest home improvement and DIY store too!

Also from the 15 to 17th February we will be hosting another exhibition of the Stand Tall Get Snapped Project in the main reception area of  the Luton Campus of Bedfordshire University, keep watching this space as more events are coming up and thanks as ever for your support, we really do appreciate it !

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Next Events – Busking Day Saturday 23 July & Open Day 25 September

Dear all,

Our next events will be another of our successful busking days on 23 July and our annual open day / afternoon tea party on 04 September. More details to follow shortly.

Thanks as ever for your support,

The Crescent Team

 

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The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service – The Crescent

Dear all

Earlier in the year we were amazed and truly honoured to have been nominated for the above award by the Bishop of St Albans and we are now very pleased to announce that we have been successful.

The attached press release gives more details on the award which is the highest award a voluntary organisation can receive in the UK, described as the MBE for a voluntary organisation.

None of this would have been possible without your support and of course the hard work and dedication of our team of volunteers. We, on behalf of those we support, would like to thank you all very much and hope that you will continue to support us as we still need your help as much as ever.

More information on the award here QAVS The Crescent Press Release

As ever thank you all for your continued support, we really couldn’t do all we do without you.

The Crescent Team

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The Crescent is nominated for the Queens Award For Voluntary Service

Dear all,

We are thrilled that the Bishop of St Albans has nominated us for this amazing award, (which is the equivalent of an MBE for a voluntary organisation) and especially honoured to be considered on the eve of HM the Queen’s 90th birthday too. Three of our volunteers attended a reception at County Hall in Hertford recently as recognition of our nomination.

The winners of the award will be announced in June and we will of course keep you informed ! If we are successful we will be presented with our award by The Countess of Verulam, Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire and receive an invite to a garden party at Buckingham Palace.

Thanks as ever for your support, we cant do what we do without you!

 

The Crescent Team

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Crescent volunteers Anita Denise and John pictured at the reception with Deputy Lieutenants of Hertfordshire, Mrs Penny Williams JP DL and Mrs Jo Connell OBE DL

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Busking Day 05 December from 11am

Another of our popular Busking days will take place at the Clock Tower in St Albans on Saturday 05 December from 11am to 4pm. A great line up and a surprise celebrity guest is due to make an appearance too.

This event is free aiming to help raise awareness of HIV in our community and of course funds for us via donations to enable us to keep providing services for all, and support those already affected by HIV in our community.

Please do come along, spare some change if you can, we need you as much as ever. Most importantly though find our more about HIV, and what it means to be HIV positive, ask our volunteers for help and advice, collect free condoms.

More information below on the line up of the fabulous local musicians who donate their free time, and immense talent, to make this event such a popular one.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Thanks as ever for your support,

The Crescent Team

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Huge thanks to Chloe James Lifestyle

We must thank Chloe James Lifestyle for a wonderful fashion show event last week. They raised over £1000 for us again, huge thanks to all that attended, modelled and / or bought a raffle ticket.

A special thank you to Donna and her team at Chloe James Lifestyle for their continued support and all the hard work that went into making last Wednesday a huge success.

If you haven’t yet visited their lovely wonky Tudor shop at 12 the High Street St Albans then you really are missing out. It is the perfect place to get that something special, and with Christmas coming up it is the ideal location to find that gift you have been searching for! Take a look at their website http://chloejameslifestyle.co.uk/ too, the shop is crammed to the rafters with lovely things!

Thanks again Chloe James and all those super St Albans people, from all of us here.

The Crescent Team

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More events coming up this month and next as we move towards World Aids Day

Dear all,

Apologies for the delay in updating the blog, things have been very busy of late. We have a number of exciting events coming up in the next few months.

First is a charity cake baking competition with the wonderful Bakehouse St Albans as part of the Harpenden and St Albans Food festival this month. Are you the next budding amateur baker in the district? Think you bake the chocolatiest chocolate cake in the city? The best biscuits in town? If so, why not enter for your chance to be one of 20 bakers competing each day.

See the Bakehouse website for more details and an application form http://www.localbakehouse.co.uk/bakeoff/4590388035 Each day from the 27th of September a charity will be the nominated recipient of funds raised at the event as cakes submitted will be sold after the judging process with proceeds going to the charity of the day. We will be taking part on the 29th of September so grab that self raising flour and whisk up a marvel for us if you can !

On the 14th of October there will be another fashion show with the fabulous Chloe James Lifestyle store at the Cote Brasserie in the High Street in St Albans from 7.30pm. Tickets will be on sale shortly from Chloe James store at 12 The High Street 01727 843431 http://chloejameslifestyle.co.uk/ or email enquiries@chloejameslifestyle.co.uk Always a very popular event !

On the 5th of December we will be having another busking day and awareness event for World Aids Day. This will be at the clock tower in St Albans High Street as before, A free event for all. A full running list of performers will follow shortly but do make time to come along on the day if you can. More details will be published as we finalise the running order but we expect that the event will run from 11am to around 4pm. If you would like to help out on the day with collections or information distribution please do let us know on 01727 842532 or email info@thecrescent.org.uk.

We are also pleased to see that Barnet Council are now offering a postal HIV testing service very similar to ours, it is a pity that Herts County Council won’t fund this here, and makes it all the more imperative that we raise funds to keep going. Please if you can come along to any of the events in the next few months we would be very grateful. Without your support and generosity we cannot do what we do!

As ever thanks for your support

The Crescent Team

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