Congratulations to the Farnborough Day Service team who worked so hard to put on their fantastic Winter Wonderland evening on Friday 2nd December. They had a great turnout and the variety of stalls included tombola, arts and crafts, photobooth, handmade wreaths and homemade cakes and biscuits.The Lydian Singers kindly came out to give the evening an even more Christmassy feel. In total the night made an incredible £1,350, thank you to all that came and made the night a success.
On Saturday 19th November, Parity held our annual Christmas Fayre in Princes Mead, Farnborough where stalls included a sci-fi photo booth, Jam and Chutney, Wood Turning, Tombola and Cakes. We were delighted to raise £1,029. The sci-fi photo booth had fantastic support and brought a smile to many with Darth Vader and other characters posing for photos with the local community.
Parity’s AGM took place on Tuesday 4th October with the audited accounts approved for the financial year 2015/16. Parity acknowledged our hard working staff with long service awards for Keyworkers and n insightful presentation by Parity Physiotherapist Elizabeth Webb alongside students who demonstrated the success of the amazing Motomed stationary bike at Parity. Thank you to all that attended and for your support over the past year.
Parity’s 25th anniversary celebrations of the introduction of our specialised services were marked with a special auction and dinner at North Hants Golf Club on Friday 30th September. Parity Chairman and Auctioneer Owen Durrett oversaw proceedings and our patron, Lady Lizzie Howarth, spoke about the impact that Parity has had with its pioneering services for people with multiple disabilities. Attendees saw a special anniversary video about Parity made by the Lisa May Foundation. Auction lots came from a variety of local and national organisations including Sir Gerald Howarth kindly donated a tour of the House of Commons. The event raised an incredible £3274.30. Thank you to all that attended, donated prizes, made bids, bought raffle tickets and made it such a successful evening. Happy Anniversary Parity.
Staff and students returned to Runways End Activity Centre in Farnborough in July and their aim, to repeat the extremely successful week last year, was most definitely met and exceeded. The confidence and trust felt by the students could be seen in the number who enjoyed canoeing, floating comfortably down the canal in the beautiful weather. The students also took part in activities including archery, climbing, caving and a giant seesaw which they all had a fantastic experience taking part in new and varied activities. Students and staff are looking forward to returning in 2017 where even more skills will be put to the test.
Parity welcomes two new trustees, Chris Porter and Martin Hassett. Chris has a background in HR and Martin’s son Alex uses our services and had been involved since the early days. We also thank Sue Meldrum who has stepped down as trustee but continues to volunteer at our Farnborough Day Service.
The Farnborough site of multinational Fluor Limited has selected Parity as their charity partner for the next two years.
The 2000-strong staff voted to support Parity from a shortlist of three local charities. Teams within Fluor have begun working with Parity on a vast and varied range of activities around fundraising, volunteering and awareness. This is an amazing opportunity to maintain and to keep developing all the ways that we can support people with multiple disabilities.
In 2016 Parity is marking a milestone – 25 years of providing much-needed specialist services for people with multiple disabilities. Since 1991, when parents started the first service through much hard work and determination, the charity has become an established organisation providing exemplary care and support. Click here to view the timeline.
Parity’s 13-strong Camberley staff team beat four other finalists in the hotly-contested category at this year’s Surrey Care Awards held by the Surrey Care Association.