• tillyhumphreys

Appreciation Day Stories

Updated: Jun 22, 2020

This year, Small Charities Coalition were asked to host 'Appreciation Day' for Small Charity Week. For many, the hard work of individuals who make up these small but mighty organisations, are the reason as to why they continue to exist. We wanted to give Smalls an opportunity to show their appreciation and gratitude for their team members, and let them know their incredible work has not gone unnoticed.

Zoe Carter - Chaddy Mission - Nominated by Jennifer Kennedy

"I’d just like to mention our trustee Zoe Carter. All our trustees are volunteers but in the last 12 months Zoe has gone above and beyond. She has organised most of the events single handed, raised 1000's for the charity and has volunteered to do a sponsored climb of Kilimanjaro. The climb may not go ahead now due to COVID but that hasn’t stopped her constantly trying to think of new ways to fundraise in these uncertain times. She created and introduced our Sponsor a teacher campaign to try to get regular donations coming in alongside managing our Twitter account, bring in some great connections in our community that have been invaluable. So proud and privileged to have her on our team especially right now when our little charity needs all the help we can get." https://www.chaddymissionkenya.org/

The Team - Recovery Assistance Dogs - Jessica Crathorne

"I'd like to talk a little about Recovery Assistance Dogs in Leicester which is a small charity. Where I am both a client and a volunteer. Recovery Assistance Dogs helps people to recover from mental health and helps survivors of mental health.

This is just a snippet of what they do as a charity, as they advocate for people, dogs and many other areas for mental health and wellbeing. I am fortunate enough, and very grateful that I began contact with the charity in march, and have felt nothing but love, joy, care, understanding and inclusiveness with them (just to name a few)

I would like to give a special thanks to Liz Maitland - Recovery Executive Director for bringing me into the RAD family. It is very much a family and community. I would also like to thank all the fabulous volunteers and clients I have been fortunate enough to meet. It really makes a huge difference. RAD as a charity includes everyone, and what they do is as close to a miracle that I have witnessed. I myself suffer with mental health and I am also in recovery from alcohol addiction. The RAD family have made me feel nothing but welcome, and have never passed any judgement on my past. With corona mercy and what is happening globally, I was welcomed with open arms. Whilst being in lockdown RAD have put all their training/groups online on zoom, which has been a god send to me. I attend all of their zoom meetings. Without the support of RAD and their online meetings I'm not sure where I would be at the moment in respect to my mental wellbeing. Especially in this current situation. I have made many new friends whilst I've been on this fabulous RAD journey. I now feel like I have like minded friends around me, who I can talk to about anything. RAD deserves recognition for all the hard work they do, and creating a platform for people to come together and feel safe and not judged. And for keeping me going at the moment. More people need to know/hear of what Recovery Assistance Dogs do. RAD changes people lives without a doubt." https://www.recoveryassistancedogs.org.uk/

Bikeability Team - Outfit Moray - Nominated by Karen Cox

"As an outdoor learning and adventure charity, we have be hard hit by the Covid-19 lockdown and haven’t been able to deliver our work with vulnerable and disadvantaged young people in Moray. What we have been able to do though is deliver cycling sessions to the school hubs, so I would like to shout out to our amazing Bikeability team, Donna Brown, Iain Bamber, Anna Vince, Scott Menzies, Archie Morley and Sam Newton, who have been working very hard. Our social enterprise project, Bike Revolution, have also been working extremely hard and were able to offer free servicing and repairs to key workers, thanks to funding from Cycling UK. They have been working tirelessly since 1st May to keep the people of Moray cycling, so I would like to share our appreciation of their hard work." https://www.outfitmoray.com/

The Team - The Rockinghorse - Nominated by Lucy Pond

"I’d like to send you this story from our team at Rockinghorse (there are 9 of us) who have continued working throughout the pandemic. I organised for these hampers to be delivered to the Drs and Nurses at the Royal Alex Children’s Hospital in Brighton to show our appreciation of their efforts. But I’d also like appreciation to be shown to the whole team at Rockinghorse as we have worked around the clock to ensure sick children in Sussex are still supported." https://www.rockinghorse.org.uk/

Bethan Probert - icandance - Nominated by Juliet Diener

"Bethan joined icandance in March 2019 volunteering 5 plus hours each Saturday to support young people with varying disabilities to dance. icandance celebrates children and young people with disabilities through dance and Bethan volunteered to work 1 to 1 with young people to make dance possible. This was on top of her being a student at London Contemporary Dance school currently completing a dance degree. It was soon evident that Be