MSS FAMILY HUB: GRAND OPENING
On Saturday 29th February we finally opened the doors to our long-awaited family hub. This was just a dream when MSS was founded in 2016, and in May 2019 we made the huge decision to go for it.
With the support of some incredible local businesses, our big sponsor for 2019-2020; One Savings Bank, the incredible Wigmore Freemasons, one of our newest trustees Dean who is the Managing Director for Signs & Imaging SouthEast Ltd, and many local families, we have turned a blank canvas into a really special place for our charity to call home.
We have already used the space for many meetings, to store a lot of our toy donations, and to host an incredible Trauma Therapy session, and with the official opening this weekend it allowed us to invite some of our supporters in to find out what we've been up to.
We hope that over the next few years this space will be filled with people: families we support who can come for regular support and a place to talk; members of the community who want to host regular fundraising coffee mornings; small fundraisers; network meetings for local businesses; a centre for many future Trauma Therapy groups; and most of all a base for our ever-growing charity to work from.
We were thrilled to see the KM turn up to take a few photos, and for both Enchanted Events and Perfect Princess Parties to offer their support with some wonderful characters and entertainment. So many familiar faces came to see us and find out what we have been doing to the space, and some of our families came along too. For the team here at MSS it really was a dream come true to see people buying cakes/drinks and raffle tickets, and to see such a buzz with people coming through the doors. Seeing our family room filled with smiling and laughing children all wanting to help us was just incredible.
We sold so many tickets for our HUGE raffle (to be drawn at Easter) and we were lucky enough to have wonderful cake donations from The Cake Fairy (https://www.facebook.com/thecakefairykent/), Jo Watson at Scallywags (https://scallywagsmedway.co.uk/) and Ann Mckinnon who works with the children at the Medway Maritime Hospital.
We were also joined by the absolutely incredible 8-year-old Phoebe. She had her gorgeous long hair cut in our family room and helped to raise hundreds of pounds towards our grants, as well as donating her hair to the wonderful Little Princess Trust who help support children suffering the devastating side-effects of childhood cancer treatments. Phoebe was absolutely incredible on Saturday and we know her family were so proud of her for making such a mature and humble gesture; thank you from all of us Phoebe! Thank you also to the lovely Nicola who gave Phoebe her new hairstyle and who supports us in so many ways.
In the coming weeks our hub will be host to: an afternoon tea fundraiser, a quarterly meeting of trustees, a runners meeting for our team completing the 'London Landmarks Half Marathon 2020' and the 'London Marathon 2020', along with many regular meetings with supporters and stakeholder companies.
We are so excited to see what the future brings for MSS and we cannot say thank you enough to those of you who have and continue to support our fight against the financial trauma of childhood cancer.
Love Anita, Natasha, Caroline, Gemma, Karen, Dean, Estelle, Michelle and Margaret (your team of trustees) xxxxxxxxx
Thanks as always go to our incredible trustee Estelle Thompson for these photos to remember the event: https://estellethompsonphotography.com/
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