Congratulations to our Aftershock youth group which raised a record £2,033.75 for Jimmy’s Homeless in Cambridge with their charity dinner on January 6th 2018. Thanks also to Tracey Nicholls, our chief chef, and to Matt Williamson our youth leader and to our 48 guests for their generous donations. Find out more about Jimmy’s on their website here.
Click on a photo below to enlarge or to start a slideshow of our youth group preparing for the dinner and waiting on and entertaining their guests. Again a most enjoyably evening for all. Find out more about our Aftershock youth group for 11 to 18 year olds here.
See below for an account of our fundraising meal by Helena – a member of our Aftershock Youth Group
An account of our fundraising meal by Helena – a member of our Aftershock Youth Group
A group of Saffron Walden young people raised more than £2,000 to help homeless people by hosting a charity dinner.
The annual fundraiser for Jimmy’s Night Shelter in Cambridge is run by the Aftershock Youth Group at St Mary’s Church in Saffron Walden and this year raised a magnificent £2,033 to help support the vital work of Jimmy’s.
The youth group members helped prepare and serve a three-course meal to 50 guests in the church’s Parish Rooms and if that wasn’t enough they also provided the between-course entertainment, which this year included piano playing, singing and even comedic performance poetry.
The young people were there from 12.30pm to about 10.30pm – a ten-hour day! The morning was spent chopping vegetables, cleaning the room, practicing the entertainment, setting up the cloakroom and decorating. It was very busy!
When the meal came, guests were invited in and their coats were taken to the cloakroom. They then sat down and there was a short introductory speech from the host, Annabelle. There was some entertainment from Rowan who played two piano pieces. The starter was a choice of pea and ham soup, bread and humus and the extremely delicious halloumi fritters. Once that was finished, Helena and Rosie sang a song called “That’s Okay” which they wrote themselves, along will another of their friends. Then there was the main course, a choice between pie, lasagne or Thai curry. After that, Annabelle played a beautiful piano piece and Ed read a comic poem with some very crazy interruptions and miming from Amy. There was finally tea and coffee and desert, the centrepiece being an incredible pavlova baked by Eleanor. Barry from Jimmy’s talked about the work that he did and where the money that Aftershock raised would go to. Finally, there was clearing up and tidying up (with only one small fire!) and it was time to go home.