We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
To everyone who has supported us this year, be it through donations, volunteering or just reading and sharing our work, you have been absolutely incredible. An enormous thankyou for everything you do. We hope you have a lovely holiday and wish you a wonderful 2022.
All at Hammersley Homes
A Look Back at the Year
As 2021 draws to a close, we want to take the time to look back on our progress this year and thank everyone who has played a part in the work that we do.
Despite the challenges that it has brought, we can still celebrate some fantastic achievements that bring us one step closer to a future where those suffering from mental illnesses feel safe, respected and cared for.
Firstly, our Big Give Results…. we reached our target! With your help and support, further valuable funds have been raised to help support those who need us. Thank you so much to anyone who has donated, we are truly thankful. This will make an real difference to the work that Hammersley Homes can do. We are currently working on something very exciting for the new year (no spoilers!) so watch this space in January to find out more.
And this is not our only fundraising success story! We’d like to look back at Louise and April’s Isle of Wight Walk – an impressive 80 miles – which raised nearly £70,000. Despite the boiling heat, torrential downpours and prickly bushes our walkers kept smiling and you kept donating. A HUGE thank you to everyone and a much needed reminder that when we work together, we really can achieve amazing things.
Our final BIG thank you goes out for the support we have received from Charitable Trusts and Foundations, and from our Local Councils; we are so grateful for the faith that you have had in us and our project. We look forward to showing you that your faith was well placed as we develop and expand our project into 2022 and beyond:
- Rockcliffe Charitable Trust
- The Arnold Clark Community Fund
- Age Unlimited
- The Henry Smith Charity
- Lady More Charitable Trust
- Rory & Elizabeth Brooks Foundation
- Lymington & Pennington Town Council
- Hampshire County Council
In the News
This month 6 regulatory bodies proved beyond doubt what we already knew. From delays to psychiatric court reports to a failure to transfer prisoners in crisis to hospital… the criminal justice system is broken for people with mental illness.
Congratulations to the families of care home residents who managed to halt plans to close the home without consultation with families. Such care homes are not just facilities. They are homes, and resident’s feelings deserve to be taken into account.
- Why did you join Hammersley Homes?
I recently moved to the area and before moving here in the summer I volunteered in London at a vaccine centre and delivering food from a community food bank during lockdown. I was looking for the opportunity to become a volunteer when I came across Hammersley Homes website. I had worked as a project manager in the past for the National Mental Health Development Unit so the possibility of working with Hammersley Homes seemed like a good fit.
2. What do you enjoy most about your work with Hammersley Homes?
Hammersley Homes is a fairly young charity that’s developing fast so it’s exciting to be involved at this stage of the organisation. There’s a lot to do and there’s a real need for the services that we are developing and everyone at Hammersley Homes is passionate and committed to this much needed work.
3. If you could change one common misconception about people suffering from mental health illnesses, what would it be?
I’d ask that we listen more and talk more openly about mental illness. We need to inform ourselves and never assume that someone with a mental illness is unreachable or different from you or me. Put aside the stereotypes and stigma and see the person.
4. What is it about volunteering that you would recommend to others?
Being part of anything that helps and supports people, that responds to a need, is fantastically rewarding; you feel part of something that is trying to make a difference however small. There are so many ways to get involved by volunteering and I’ve always experienced that by volunteering I’ve always been made to feel really welcomed and appreciated.
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