Forresters and The Old Boot Inn joined forces to create a Summer Garden Party to remember and oh, what a night it was!
You could say, we totally smashed it, with a lot of help from you! Thank you so much to everyone who came along and for your generosity.
Apart from everyone having a fabulous evening together (with drinks, delicious eats, music & dancing, an auction and raffle) the sole aim of the Summer Garden Party event was to raise money for The Motor Neurone Disease Association via its local branch: Reading & West Berkshire MND Association http://www.mndrwb.org/HOME.html
It’s been a shock for everyone, but we were able to do something positive by raising funds for the charity that’s helping Maz to live her life to the full. www.mndrwb.org **
Thank you so much to all of the local businesses who wanted to do their bit to help the cause. We have been bowled over by your generosity. Your donations are very much appreciated by Maz, her family, friends and everyone at Reading & West Berkshire Motor Neurone Disease Association, Forresters and The Old Boot Inn.
30 mins back massage at Beauty Box, Pangbourne
Cozze Ristorante – £40 voucher
Blandy’s at Inglewood – Afternoon Tea for Two
Mapledurham Golf Club – 4 Ball Golf session
The Elephant, Pangbourne – Afternoon Tea for Two
La’De Kitchen, Pangbourne – £100 voucher
The Pangbourne Cheese Shop – £20 voucher
Cara Clothes & Shoes, Caversham – £50 voucher
The Club at Mapledurham – 5 x couples Entry Passes
The Club at Mapledurham – 4 Ball Golf Round
Sophie’s Teepees & Partees – £40 voucher
Floating Point, Pangbourne – 60 minute flotation session worth £40
Franks Barber Shop – 1 Haircut & Beard Trim
Warings Bakery – £10 Voucher
Milan Beauty Salon – 60 Minute Swedish massage
Dulce Domum – £25 Voucher
Sarah’s Beauty – Lash & Brow Tint & Brow Shape
Perfection Caversham – Shellac Manicure
Perfection Caversham – Basic Pedicure
Four Bears Books – £20 Voucher
Green’s Butchers – £10 voucher
Rejuvenate Facial Aesthetics – £50 Voucher
Baxters Pangbourne – Tea & Cake for 2 People
Perfekt Lashes – Full set of eyelash extensions
SKN By Dannika (Dermaplaning) – £50 Voucher
Lets Glow – 1 Free Spray Tan
Head to Toe Healing & Beauty – Indian Head Massage
Nino’s Pangbourne – £80 Voucher
Calmingale’s Beauty – Aromatherapy Back Massage
Body Beauty by Natalie (Body Shop) – £10 Voucher
Kiki & Bow – Home & Home Decor (Pangbourne) – Reed Diffuser
Little Labels – £20 Voucher
Waitrose – £20 Voucher
Waitrose – £50 Voucher
The Baskerville – Lower Shiplake – 2 Course Meal for 2 with a bottle of House Wine
Twirling Narwhal Bakery – Box of edible goodies (Blondies/Cupcakes/Brownies)
Kingdom Coffee – have donated a Beauty Box voucher for £100
Vicars Game Ltd – £25 voucher
Silent Auction Donations
Dudley Singleton & Daughter – Dyson Hairdryer
Pioneros – Handmade Leather Handbag (pioneros.co.uk)
Lamborgini – Replica Model & Brochure
Michael Owen – framed, signed photograph with ticket from the England 5 – Germany 1 football match in September 2001
Forresters Pangbourne – Cut & Colour Service (Choice of preferred Stylist/Stylists)
Waitrose – Hamper
Laithwaites 2016 Chateau Clarière Claret – 6 individual bottles
After the Summer Garden Party…
We’ve set up a Local Giving page that makes it easy to donate online if you wish to carry on the good work.
We don’t have any specific targets but please know that any amount you can give will be greatly appreciated.
If you’re a UK taxpayer, it would be great if you could tick the Gift Aid box. Using Gift Aid means that for every pound you give, we get an extra 25 pence from HM Revenue and Customs, helping your donation go further.
Find out more about Motor Neurone Disease
If you’d like to learn more about Motor Neurone Disease, please have a look around this web site. It’s a very comprehensive source of information about all aspects of living with MND, help and support, and how to get involved in fundraising.
Raising Funds for Research – Everyone is doing their bit
The Old Boot Inn’s energetic and hospitable landlord Andre Claassen has a twin brother, Anton, who has decided to run some tough miles for the Motor Neurone Disease Association: https://www.facebook.com/100002902717552/posts/3581943211912401/?d=n
Anton explains in his April facebook post, “I’ve decided to run another marathon albeit this time for a very good cause! I will be running the Brighton Marathon on September 12th for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.
For those of you who aren’t aware my eldest sister Sharon, who was only 64, lost a very brief 15 month battle with a very aggressive form of Motor Neurone Disease 2 weeks ago.
It really is an awful and debilitating disease, for sufferers and families, and unfortunately there is no cure at the moment. The funds I raise will help go towards research and also towards helping families affected by MND. I’m very aware that finances have been affected by Covid, so any donations large or small will be very much appreciated. I will be training and competing with my lovely sister Sharon very much in my thoughts and in my heart.”
A number of Forresters’ colleagues are planning to go skydiving to raise sponsorship money for the charity… this might be a bit of a bold move for most, but, no fear, there are masses of less adrenaline powered ways to raise a few pounds for the research fight against MND. Here are a few ideas if you feel like you would like to raise money your own way.
- Coffee Morning and Cake Sale
- Sponsored Walk, Run or Swim
- Plant Sale
- Garage Sale
Thank you from John & Jill Forrester, Lynne and the Forresters Pangbourne crew plus all of the Forresters Salon Teams who helped to make the Summer Garden Party a night to remember.
The Old Boot Inn
Give The Old Boot Inn a try – the views are sublime and their marquees create an enchanting ambience. All the locals know that The Old Boot Inn is a hidden gem, you’ve only got to look at the feedback to see how much people love it.
**Registered Charity No 294354