Charity ball raises £6,000 for Home-Start

A charity ball and auction organised by parents of pupils at Sibford School has raised £6,000 for the charity Home-Start Banbury & Chipping Norton.

Staff and trustees of Home-Start attended the Bollywood Ball held at the school back in May. But it wasn’t until their AGM, held on 12 July at Banbury Rugby Club, that the total amount of money raised was revealed.

Jane Skelton, Senior Organiser at Home-Start Banbury & Chipping Norton said: “We were delighted to receive such a large cheque (in more ways than one!) at the AGM. This money will have a huge impact as it will enable us to support at least five families for up to a year, or even more families for a shorter length of time.

“The Sibford ball was a super event and we appreciate all the hard work that went into organising it. We are so glad that Sibford chose Home-Start as the worthwhile cause to benefit from it.”

Heidi Fowler, chair of Sibford’s parent association, PSFA, said: “Our regular charity ball seeks to raise money for PSFA funds and a local charity that is family or young people centred. In the past charities have included Let’s Play, ROSY and BYHP.  One of our committee members is a Home-Start volunteer, so when she suggested we select them as our charity for 2018 we were delighted to do so.”

  • Home-Start Banbury & Chipping Norton is a voluntary home-visiting scheme in which volunteers offer confidential support and friendship and practical help to families with at least one child under five and where there are difficulties or stress. The charity aims to try and ensure that every family gets the help they need to give their children the best possible start in life.

PSFA Chair Heidi Fowler is pictured with Jane Skelton and Anne Waters (Chair of Home-Start Trustees)

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