For the third year running Poole Bay Rotary will be running a GRAND RAFFLE in support of Routes to Roots. There are over 15 prizes, each worth at least £20. Tickets (£2) each will be available for sale to the public on Sunday 2 December in Falkland Square, Poole at the end of the Santa Parade and during the rest of the day till about 4pm. Tickets are also available from the Routes to Routes office.
What a marvellous day Saturday 17 December was for the guys and girls who rely on Routes to Roots as individuals and groups throughout Poole came together to show their support by fundraising and giving.
* We are particularly grateful to Poole Bay Rotary Business Networking Group who set up and ran ‘Fighting homelessness with music’, a live music event around four pubs in Poole. Many thanks to the Brewhouse & Kitchen, Jolly Sailor, Lord Nelson and Drift, plus the many musicians, who all gave their premises/time for free. Those enjoying the music donated £214.79 to R2R.
This is in addition to £524.12 donated to their Christmas Santa train on Monday 12 December from the residents of Oakdale. And £919 from a raffle. A grand total of £1667.91.
* With the vocal support of our Patron, The Right Reverend Karen Gorham, Bishop of Sherborne, our carol singers raised £350 from generous customers at Asda in Poole.
* With the support of members of the congregation of St John’s Heatherlands, Parkstone, we raised £168.64 from equally generous customers at Waitrose in Parkstone.
* And overnight there was an sleep-out at St James Church in the Old Town also supporting R2R. Organiser Rev Chris Harwood says: “We had people from St James’, Reconnect, Routes to Roots, formerly homeless and currently homeless friends join us throughout the evening. We have raised about £1600 once everyone’s money is in. It was such a relief to return to a warm home the following morning and very sobering to think of those without a home to return to.”