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UPDATE
The Acorn Committee,
PO Box 101, Otley, LS21 2WA
e:
t:
01423 734876
m:
07984 727304
THE ACORN COMMITTEE
PAST AND PRESENT 1999 TO ...
“Thank you Acorns - you were all so welcoming during my time on the Committee
which greatly helped me during my time back in Yorkshire. I will always
remember the commitment, ideas and fun around Louise’s kitchen table- it was
great to be able to give back to two great causes and on a personal note to the LGI.
Congratulations on £1m!”
2008
Apr:
Acorn reached £500,000
Jan:
Launch of Befriending
Project and announced
success of Big Lottery Money
Mar:
Easter Fair at The Hotel
Du Vin
May:
100k Bike Ride
Jun:
Tennis Tournament, Ilkley
Tennis Club
Summer:
Leisure and
Wellbeing leader appointed
Summer:
Scleroderma
database extended to align
with European Scleroderma
Trials and Research
Sep:
Golf Day at Oakdale,
Harrogate
Sep:
Calendar Launch and
Exhibition by Yorkshire Artists
Oct:
Co ee morning and sale
of Christmas cards
Oct:
Dr Francesco Del
Galdo recruited to oversee
the Scleroderma research
programme with Dr Maya
Buch
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Apr:
Total raised £539,635
Mar:
Louise Hanen and
Suzanne Poskitt locked
in Ripon Prison, raising
awareness of Dementia.
May:
100k Bike Ride
Jun:
Tennis Tournament at
Ilkley Tennis Club
Sep:
Golf Day at Ilkley Golf
Club
Sep:
William Brooks Awards
from Volunteers awarded to
Louise Hanen
Oct:
Harrogate Antiques Fair
Nov:
Acorn’s 10th Birthday Ball
Nov:
Anita Massarella Fashion
Show at Rudding Park
Dec:
Acorn Christmas cards by
Gri and Leo Robinson
The Committee is constantly evolving with new friends joining and
old friends sometimes moving on with di erent life commitments.
Since we began, some thirty six individuals have generously given their
time, expertise, enthusiasm and good humour to achieve amazing and
sometimes unexpected results. We thank them all.
Here are a few comments from Committee members past and present
about what being a part of Acorn means to them.
“We try as a Committee really
hard to make sure all the events
are managed to the last detail to
ensure our wonderful supporters
have a great time. I’m also really
proud that every penny raised is
passed on with real thought and
care as to how it will be spent.”
“I feel privileged to be part of
such a hard-working, committed
and professional team. Combining
my committee work with
volunteering for the Alzheimer’s
Society and Dementia Forward
has enabled me to utilise some
of my nursing skills that I was
desperate to find an outlet for.”
“There is never a dull moment as an
Acorn Committee Member. You become
an events organiser overnight - arranging
bike rides, balls, golf days, shopping
events and much more. We also see first-
hand where the money raised is used. A
visit to the Scleroderma Research Unit
and a Dementia Forward Singing for Fun
session were certainly my highlights this
year.”
“At the beginning, I knew little about dementia and nothing about Scleroderma but
I knew a lot about working with people with commitment and passion – so I was
delighted to join! I am now fortunate to have more knowledge and understanding about
both Alzheimer’s (including the challenges encountered by carers) and Scleroderma and,
ten years on, I am still extremely proud to be a part of such a resourceful and fun-loving
committee of really wonderful girls! Of course, I must not forget Peter, our patient, well
mannered and fastidious accountant whom we absolutely could not manage without!”
“Being part of Acorn has been hugely rewarding and has changed my life, quite literally. I’ve
loved working with a great bunch of girls. But the most significant and exciting of all is to
have been a part of changing the future for Scleroderma sufferers in a positive way – it’s not
such a scary diagnosis anymore!”
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“It matters. Acorn is one on its own
and being part of it is rewarding,
stimulating and sometimes very
humbling. Few organisations I know
are as loyal to their core intents or
as committed to the delivery of their
services. It is a privilege to belong.”
All our wonderful Acorn
Committee members:
Caroline Barr
Supriya Basu
Amanda Brayshaw
Elaine Brierley
Sally Cartlidge
Alison Davies
Maria Dawson
Shirley Emery
Amanda Finney
Stella Forster
Sharon Fraser
Becci Greenwood
Louise Hanen
Anne Marie Holdsworth
Claire Humphries
Elizabeth Jackson
Anne McCullough
Gilly Mason
Sally Monkman
Jo Naughton
Deborah Ogden
Paula Parris
Gill Pepper
Suzanne Poskitt
Julia Rastrick
Sarah Rawson
Sue Saddington
Lyndsay Saunders
Fiona Scaife
Mandy Slevin
Kieran Sykes
Penny Walshaw
Jane Waring
Janet Waterhouse
Rachel Woodward
Anna Wray
The current Acorn Committee
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