After all the excitement of the 10th anniversary it was time to get back to the ‘day job’ and straight into Harvest and as ever, schools and churches did not disappoint by donating just under 3 tonne of food, one school in Haverhill (Cangle) managed a whopping 339kg’s, the most ever from a school!
The debt work proved to be a busy time too. Not only did we have to prepare and submit our application to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) for Limited Permission, we also helped a further 7 families / individuals including one family who were facing eviction with a massive rent arrear.
Christmas was an incredibly busy time and always tends to bring out the best in people and this year was no exception. We packed and wrapped 99 Christmas Hampers, we collected just under 2 tonne of food at the Tesco collection, we had 10 turkey joints given by Kedington Butchers, £800 for local families from the Craft Basket in town, nappies galore from the BP garage on Duddery Road and even a couple who instead of receiving wedding presents asked guests to donate ‘Starter Pack’ items to REACH – how amazing is that! (For all our news and pictures please visit our new website or follow us on Facebook – ‘Reach Haverhill’)
As well continuing to focus on the root issue of client’s problems 2016 will be a time to build our capacity. In particular, we are planning to move towards cloud based IT which will enable us to be become more flexible and open up further opportunities for client engagement in 2017 – more details to follow in due course.
One client said: “Thank you all for the help and support you have given me and my family, your kindness and generosity is greatly appreciated
Another said: “Thank you for all your help. I don’t know what I would have done without you all.”