Celebrating a fantastic year of fundraising with the Mayor of Bexley - Avenues Group
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Celebrating a fantastic year of fundraising with the Mayor of Bexley

Tuesday 19th of December 2023

Avenues employees and people supported by the organisation enjoyed an evening with the former Mayor of Bexley recently where he presented the annual fundraising cheque

The event was hosted by Councillor Nick O’Hare, who was Mayor of Bexley in 2022/23 with Mayoress Natalie Ford. Various people from Avenues attended including;  CEO Jo Land, Group Director of Finance Nicola Ford, Group Director of People Caroline Neal and from Avenues London: Regional Director Mickey Gray, Senior Operations Manager Stephanie Jarvis, Service Managers Gladys Ajembu and Sally Walker, Assistant Service Manager Don Dobbs and Support Worker Collin Lisk. It was also attended by people Avenues supports: Paul Carlton, Malcolm Want and Robert Taylor. All enjoyed a buffet, accompanied by wine or beer and tea and coffee.

The Mayor’s office raised  an incredible £17,923 for Avenues through various fundraising events.

“It was a brilliant year supporting Avenues, we had some wonderful fundraising events including; the West End stars who performed Jersey boys and an event at the RAC private members club at Pall Mall, to mention just a few.” said Councillor O’Hare.

Mayor inspired by Avenues

Avenues was the Councillor’s chosen charity in 2022/23, whilst he was Mayor and he was determined to give Avenues ‘the recognition it deserves’. As Mayor, Nick O’Hare visited the Emerton Close service in Bexley in April and met residents of the supported living bungalows.

“When We visited the residential home in Bexleyheath we were impressed and inspired by the quality of care Avenues provides. As a Borough Bexley is enriched in having such quality service for it’s vulnerable residents. I have learned that without the help of such dedicated carers, especially people like Gladys (Ajembu) and her colleagues, Bexley will be much poorer.” said the Councillor.

Money will provide new opportunities

The funds raised will go towards services that support people in the Bexley area. This could include property or garden refurbishment, such as creating sensory gardens. It can also be used to fund day trips or activities for people supported in Avenues properties in the area.

Regional Director Mickey Gray, said “We feel both privileged and grateful to have been chosen as the Mayor’s Charity of the year, and to receive the cheque for the amount we did. The Mayor and his team have been amazing in their efforts to raise this. The events that were put on were enjoyed enormously by everyone from Avenues who attended. It was also great to welcome the Mayor to Emerton Close in April. The money that has been raised will really enable the people we support to access opportunities that would not have been possible through the day to day statutory funding of the services.”