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As a trustee of Routes to Roots, I was very excited about Hill St Baptist Church but at the same time very aware of the huge needs associated with transforming the building to be a Place for Change. I wanted to do something that not only raised money but also actually got the issue into the wider community, rather than simply targeting those who were already supporters of Routes to Roots. I have always thought of Lent as not merely a time of giving up stuff but also giving away to others so I decided this was the perfect time to do some fundraising – little did I know how things were going to change.

I love a good cooked breakfast and I know others do too so I decided to offer this to others, but for donations to Routes to Roots. I set a target of around £300, which would cover the cost of a washing machine for the new building and I set aside three Saturday mornings in March to do this using the Church Centre at St James. I advertised via my own Facebook page and also set up a page for people to give electronically if they couldn’t be there in person. Lots of friends shared this and it was advertised around St James, the wider community, my sea swimming group and also the local Lifeboat Crew. With a team of helpers, we managed to serve over 30 breakfasts on the first Saturday and on the second Saturday, with people heeding the Coronavirus warnings, we were down to around 20. By the third Saturday we were closed down. However, we were overwhelmed with the support we got for these breakfasts. The total amount raised on the two Saturdays was just over £400. I was also very generously given a further £400 from personal donations towards Routes to Roots.  

Coronavirus cut us short, but when we are out of this crisis I intend to open up the Holt Café at St James again for a few more Saturdays. I was overwhelmed with the support I received: the good will towards the cause was evident. It was a simple thing to do but the results were so much more than the money in raising the profile of the new building through our local community. A huge thanks to my willing team of helpers who served, cooked and washed up.  

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Donations & Fundraising
• Albion Language Tours: £100
• Asda carol singing: £244.82
• Baden-Powell Junior School: £274.21
• Bankes Charity Cup: £1000
• Broadstone Methodist Church: £990.13
• Broadstone Townswomen: £30
• CAF: £150
• Canford Magna Church: £110
• Catholic Women’s League: £83
• Christchurch Creekmoor: £100
• Colehill First School Harvest: £201.59
• Foundry Arms: £115
• Hayeswood First School: £214.36
• Holtwood Church Council: £50
• Holy Angels’ Church: 89.50
• Homeless Sunday Service: £182.30
• Longfleet Primary School: £803.25
• Luminos: £685.04
• LV: £1,100
• Poole Bay Rotary Club: £2188.47
• Poole Grammar School: £222.75
• Poole Printmakers: £308.50
• Quakers: £300
• Romsey Rotary: £135.22
• St James Old Town: £5,000+ from a sleep-out
• St John’s Ashley Road choir: £104
• St John’s Broadstone: £780
• St John’s Heatherlands: £260.80
• St Mary’s & St Anthony’s of Padua: £300
• St Mary’s Longfleet: £2762.81
• St Michael’s & St Gabriel’s: £45
• St Michael’s CofE Middle School: £261.50
• St Joseph’s Nursery: £200
• TSB Bank: £300
• Verwood URC: £235.68
• Waitrose carol singing: £71.16
• WH Smith Trust: £100

• £2731.14
• Laura’s Tombola stalls: £1884.48
• The Burdons’ Dorset Doddle walk: £365
• Adrienne’s carol singing: £100

• Dorset Pizza Kitchen: pizzas at a November Drop-in
• Kingsbere Kitchen: brought their burger van to a Christmas Drop-in for the third time
• Koh Thai: Thai end-of-year meal at a Drop-in
• Lakeside Fish & Chips: half-price chips at a Drop-in
• Merlin Entertainment staff: sponsored all the food for Christmas Day Lunch, sent in gifts and decorated the hall

Donations in kind
• Big Yellow, Poole: storage space valued at £2000
• Ceuta Healthcare: printing
• URC Skinner Street: subsidised premise hire

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Laura Wyatt continues to run fundraising events for R2R, supported by Flying Tiger Copenhagen in West Quay, Southampton. Her two latest school Tombola events raised the amazing sum of £531.02. Laura collected from the schools for the shoe boxes full of gifts given to our guys and gals last Christmas and she has organised a number of school events throughout this year.

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The Co-op, Blandford Road, Hamworthy BH15 4BH has adopted Routes to Roots as their chosen charity and will be raising money for us through their membership and 5p bag sales until March next year. Please remember this when you next shop there.
Every time members choose Co-op branded products and services and use their Co-op Membership card (subject to Membership T&Cs), 1% of what you spend will go to your chosen cause. Members can change your choice at any time until the end of the giving period on 18th March 2017. If members don’t pick a cause then their 1% is shared out equally between all the local causes in their community. Any funds raised for Routes To Roots will be distributed shortly after the end of the giving period.


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Broadstone Players Theatre Company has again invited us to fundraise during their next play which will run from Tuesday 17th to Saturday 21st May. For every person who buys a ticket and names Routes to Roots, they will give us a donation of £5. The charity evening is Thursday 19th May but you can also go to the Friday 20th evening, Saturday 21st matinee or evening performances and the donation of £5 per person will still be made.
This year’s play is ‘Gaslight’, the well known thriller set in Victorian times: a costume drama, great suspense, an entertaining evening or afternoon out and, of course, the opportunity to raise money for R2R!
Tickets cost £8 and the matinee ticket includes tea and cake during the interval. There is a licenced bar at all evening performances.
Reserve your tickets and nominate R2R for £5 a ticket:

Email: honsec@broadstoneplayers.co.uk
Tel: 01202 678449
Charity tickets are not available at their ticket sales outlets.

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Take a look at how all these organisations and people have raised money for us. Perhaps you and your friends or work colleagues can do something similar to help or dream up some new activity. We will do all we can to support your efforts by attending, speaking to your group, providing leaflets and banners.
Donations in Money

Bournemouth Marathon Marshal Team, Sector 6: £112.50 from marshal fees

Broadstone URC: £278.74

Event Alchemy: £200 in lieu of Christmas cards

Holy Angels Church: £250

Little Red Roaster: £1019 from auction

Liverpool Victoria: £133.20 in match funding for Roger Bailey

Morden carol singers: £80

Nationwide: £315

Poole Print makers: £59

Rotary Club of Poole Bay: £28.65 from sponsored walk

Sainsburys’ customers: £85 from R2R carol singing

Siemens Poole Community Group: £150 from a Christmas Jumper day

Society of Friends, Poole: £200

St Dunstan’s Church Youth Club: £500 from sponsored sleep-out

St James’ Church, Poole: £500 plus £167 from a concert

St John’s Church, Broadstone: £740

St Mary’s Church, Longfleet: £602

St Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Poole: £302 from their collection

St Michael’s, Colehill: £52

St Paul’s, Canford Heath (youth group): £160 from selling cakes and cards

The Oakdale Team Ministry (St Paul’s, Canford Heath): £413.53

Waitrose customers: £195.66 from R2R carol singing

Roger Bailey: £200 from busking with friends

Tony Ridgway (above left and centre): £975 from Tough Mudder sponsorship

Phill Ricketts & Team Warrior (above right): £527.87 from Tough Mudder sponsorship

Donations in Kind

Big Yellow Self Storage Poole: storage space to the value of £1981/year

Event Alchemy: three filled rucksacks

Fitness First Poole: two boxes of food

Lush: van full of food

Princecroft Willis: 100 wash kits (below)

Roger Bailey and friends: food

Sainsburys: two trolley-loads of food

Easy Fundraising has raised £173.73 for R2R by January from supporters buying through their link.

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R2R carol singers raised £195 at Parkstone Waitrose and £85 at Poole Sainsbury’s from Christmas shoppers. There is still time to support us at Poole ASDA as R2R has been selected as one of its three charities for its customers to vote for using tokens. There are three prizes for the charity: first place, £200 and second and third places, £50. Please spread the word and get people voting for us.

Last, but not least, you can buy online and raise money for R2R at absolutely no cost to you by visiting your favourite retailers through ‘Easy Fund Raising’. Log on to the site, register yourself and the charity, Routes to Roots, that you would like to support and start shopping. Every time you buy from one of the businesses on their list, R2R will receive a percentage of what you spend. http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/routestoroots

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£350 raised. Eight wines sampled and winning table guessed six correctly. Many thanks to our main sponsors, Poole Sailing, and also to Tescos, Waitrose and Sainsburys in Poole. Meet the panel:

Marcus Mainwaring is an English author and fine wine journalist. He is considered a pioneer presence on the Internet of the British wine writing establishment, having run the website Vine2Wine since 1995. Yes, he was a precocious child. Marcus has published the book ‘Wine: Where Would The WorldWideWeb Be Without It?’ and contributes regularly to publications such as Wines of the Punjab, The Dandy, Wigan Evening Post, Women’s Suffrage Journal and Make Your Own Wine. Last year, Marcus won International Online Writer of the Year at the Dorset IT for the Elderly Awards for his website. Upon accepting the award Marcus is said to have joked, “I deserve it, I am the greatest” – he wasn’t joking. Marcus is resident wine expert on the Hospital Radio Bedside show ‘That’s The Spirit’ hosted by Gary Plummer. He also provides advice for the wine cellar of the young Prince George.

Barry Hogan is an Australian promoter, maker, judge, taster, teacher and drinker of wine. The Alice Springs Companion to Wine writes that he is doing “… more to advance the amount of wine drunk in Australia than any other individual.” Others have referred to him as ‘the godfather of the Australian wine industry’ and ‘Australia’s leading ambassador of wine’. From his vineyard on Kangaroo Island, South Australia, Barry has reached the pinnacle of his chosen profession, holding such positions as President of the Chapman River Wine Industry Association; Vice President of the Winemakers’ Federation of Tasmania; member of the strategic Dudley Peninsula Wine Advisory Council, and President of the Down Under Grape Growers Association. He has recently decided to devote his full attention to fulfilling his ambition to get in the Guinness Books of Records for tasting the greatest number of wines in the world. Hence his agreement to join us this evening.

Frau Doktor Magda Burg is a renowned authority on wine tasting and old wines. In 1966 she started her own wine auctions in a Munich beerhouse cellar, which would eventually lead her to trade in and taste a greater number of fine and rare wines than anyone else in the world. Unlike Barry, quality and not quantity is her watchword! Her tasting notes are estimated to number over 90,000 in more than 140 notebooks. As opposed to American wine critic Robert Parker, Magda does not give wines a numerical score, but employs a system that awards a wine up to five grape pips. For 18 years Magda has presented the popular Bremen Broadcasting Ich Liebe Liebfraumilch (I Love Liebfraumilch) television series. The Blue Nun of the German Wine World, as she is sometimes known, is famous for her outrageously abstract descriptions of wine tasting appreciation, often referring to certain wines as reminiscent of pear drops, liquorice and even rubber.

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Helen, a Routes to Roots member, recently told us how a dinner guest spotted and read through the Autumn R2R newsletter featuring the Big Breakfast appeal. At close of dinner he asked firstly for everyone’s attention and secondly for £3.50 each as tribute for their hostess’ lovely food – to buy a hot breakfast for a rough sleeper. As a result Helen handed over £21 for six breakfasts. What a great idea!