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Corona-virus Update

We are still open, however groups and most face to face appointments have been cancelled.

The furniture shop is closed to the public until further notice.
We are providing emergency food parcels and support. We are very short of food for self-isolating families.
If you are interested in helping us deliver food, please contact us on 01254 232328. Thank you for all the donations over the past few days, we could not do this without you.

GSK Impact Award winners!

We are thrilled to be one of ten winners nationally, of the GSK/Kings Fund Impact award. This award recognises the work we do and our place in this great community. You can read about the award in the Lancashire Evening Telegraph article below.

https://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/news/18293590.maundy-relief-wins-national-award-helping-societys-vulnerable/

Thank you to all our supporters!

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Groups

Do you know we have groups at Maundy Relief?  If you want to join, just call in.  Refreshments are available and the groups are free.

 

Art, Monday 1.00 – 3.00 pm

Games Group, Thursday 11.00 – 2.00 pm

Meditation, Thursday 2.00 – 3.00 pm

Book Group, first Thursday of the month 1.00 – 3.00 pm

How to cope with suicidal feelings and self-harm, (11 – 18 years) Tuesday 4.00 – 7.00 pm and Friday 12.00 – 3.00 pm

New for 2020, cooking and walking… watch this space for days and times.

Pop up Christmas Toy Shop…

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Local businesses, charities and a football team have joined forces to make this Christmas merry for struggling families in Hyndburn, with a pop-up toy shop!

Fantastic toys from leading online retailer Studio.co.uk gift-wrapped by the Accrington Stanley squad, a FREE mince pie from Clayton Park Bakery and a chance to meet local celebrity Julie Hesmondhalgh, all while supporting local charity Maundy Relief at the pop-up toy shop launch event.

Launch Event -Tuesday 19th November 2pm, 29-31 Abbey Street, Accrington, BB5 1EN

The toy shop will be open 10am-3pm Monday to Saturday, until all the toys have found loving homes.

Parents and guardians are invited to the temporary festive shop on Abbey Street in Accrington, which will be filled to the brim with thousands of toys. They can choose a present for their child in exchange for a small donation to local charity, Maundy Relief.

Actress and ambassador for Maundy Relief, Julie Hesmondhalgh said “Christmas is a time for coming together, for being thankful and for family.

“It is very easy to say ‘it’s not about presents’ however many children in our local community are living in poverty, many families are struggling to make ends meet and the financial burden of striving to provide a memorable Christmas is something people often sacrifice a lot to achieve.”

The pop-up toy shop has been made possible through a very generous donation of toys from Studio.co.uk and the help of the dedicated team at Maundy Relief, who will be running the store.

Julie continued: “Not only will this shop make Christmas more accessible to hundreds of families, the donations received will help with the ongoing community support and work that Maundy Relief do daily as a local charity.

“To add excitement on our open day next week there will even be some of the Accrington Stanley team helping us out with wrapping the presents!”

Sharon Benson, HR Director at Studio added: “Every year we donate our ex-photography toys to a worthy cause, and we are really excited about this year’s initiative.

“Not only will hundreds of families be able to access some fantastic gifts for a small donation, we are also helping local charity Maundy Relief and giving back to the community that has supported us for so long.

“There are some amazing toys available, everything from electric cars to prams and outdoor games which I hope will put smiles on lots of little faces!”

Accrington Stanley Managing Director, David Burgess said: “We are really pleased to be part of this initiative, as far as I’m aware this will be the only toy shop in Accrington this Christmas!”

Stanley manager John Coleman will also be there on Tuesday to officially open the store alongside Julie Hesmondhalgh.

David continued, “We expect there to be lots of excited families waiting, so John will be bringing along multiple members of his first team squad to help with wrapping presents.

“The players are looking forward to getting stuck in and have been practising their wrapping skills in-between training sessions!”

To make the launch even sweeter, Hyndburn business Clayton Park Bakery will be on hand to serve mince pies too.

Paul Bradley, Sales and Marketing Manager, at Clayton Park Bakery added: “It is such a fantastic idea, as soon as we heard about the pop-up shop, we wanted to get involved and support it however possible.

“We decided to celebrate with what we do best, pies! Our team will be at the launch event with free mince pies for all customers as a thanks to them for supporting charity Maundy Relief.”

For more information about charity Maundy Relief visit: www.maundyrelief.co.uk

For more information about Studio visit: www.studio.co.uk

For more information about Accrington Stanley visit: www.accringtonstanley.co.uk

For more information about Clayton Park Bakery visit: www.pietastic.co.uk

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Ben get’s the chop – donations to Maundy Relief

Ben Kelly, from Recovery Works (Inspire East Lancs Substance Misuse Service) is bravely cutting all of his hair on Thursday 14th November, 10am at Inspire, 33 Eagle Street, Accrington.

All donations will go to Maundy Relief.

 xx Thank you in advance Ben xx

If you wish to donate, please see the link below:

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/anne-birchall

Ben is also donating his hair to https://www.littleprincesses.org.uk/.

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Suicide Prevention Drop-In for young people

We have a new drop-in service for young people aged 11 – 18, about how to cope with suicidal feelings and self-harm.

The sessions are on Monday from 4.00 pm – 7.00 pm and Friday from 12.00 pm – 3.00 pm.  The sessions will change in January 2010.  For more information, see the attached poster, come and see us at No.21 Abbey Street, Accrington, Lancashire, BB5 1EN or call us on 01254 233467.

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A Work in Progress!

We were hoping to be back in the drop-in/Maundy Grange by now, but our lovely old building has thrown us a few curve balls!  The building work started in June and was supposed to last for twelve weeks – the best laid plans and all that!  Gas and water is about to be re-connected.  We are still delivering services, most of them from the rooms above our furniture shop.  It has been a tight squeeze, but everyone has managed well.   The picture below shows the space that will become our new dining room. We are looking forward to getting in and decorating.

Fingers crossed that Christmas dinner will be served from our new space! xx

Building update

£150,000 grant awarded for renovation works

We are absolutely delighted to announce that we have been awarded a £150,000 grant from the Garfield Weston anniversary fund!

The money is for essential renovation works to our flagship building, Maundy Grange.  Work will include a ground floor kitchen and dining space, a meeting room and multi use room and refurbished offices/counseling rooms, as well as central heating!  So our guests can be toasty and warm all year round!

The work will transform the way we offer services; especially over lunch time.  It will be a joy to cook in a new ground floor kitchen – no more carrying lunch downstairs.  Counselling rooms will be re-configured with new lighting, heating and decoration.

We look forward to the works starting and will keep you posted

Special thanks go to Mike and Lucy who completed the bid

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A poem by Julie Hesmondhalgh

Our Mamma Mia event was a roaring success! We were wet through, but were dancing on the green!  The event raised a staggering £1600!   Thank you so much for those who attended and supported us… what shall we plan next?

Before Mamma Mia, we aired a fantastic poem by Julie Hesmondalgh, written for Maundy Relief!!!

See if you can spot any famous faces!!

 

 

 

 

Screen on the green Presents Mamma Mia

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Come and join us for a singalong!

Julie Hesmondhalgh and Annie Wallace will be our hosts for this fun packed evening.

We will be watching and singing along to Mamma Mia on an outdoor screen (bring waterproof’s, blankets and brollies).

Saturday 8th September, 7 pm, Accrington Cricket Club

Fancy dress optional, there will be prizes for the best dressed!!

xxx Food, drinks, popcorn, raffle and a tombola await you xxx

Tickets available from Accrington Cricket Club or Maundy Relief

Suggested donation: £5

See you there – get your flares on!!!

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