A huge thank you to the pupils of 8E3 at Kirkbie Kendal school who did a rough sleep for the Winter Shelter back in October. We were delighted to meet some of the children at the school yesterday and pick up a cheque for a massive £780 from the teachers who did it with them – Martin Rogers and Sophie Marshall. They slept out in the school grounds on […]

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We had a tree-mendous morning and afternoon this Wednesday decorating our Christmas tree for the annual Parish Church Christmas tree festival. Ours is situated next to Space2Create tree who also chose ‘Up!’ as their favourite film and theme for their decorations. Thanks to everyone who made ours sparkle and shine.

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On Tuesday 11 December, Cumbria Alcohol and Drugs Advisory Service (CADAS) are holding their first ever Charity Bake Off. Competition is bound to be tough as we know that we’ve got some wonderful bakers among our supporters but don’t let that put you off. We’ve got three categories – professional, amateur and under-18 – and it only costs £5 to enter. Prizes include a signed picture of Noel Fielding, a […]

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We’re beginning to get really excited about this year’s Christmas Auction at St George’s Church on Thursday 6 December. There’s a real buzz around celebrating the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service and moving to our new home. Thank you to our hugely supportive local businesses who are donating all sorts of generous prizes. If you’d like to help us collect those prizes or set up on the day – or […]

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We’re delighted to announce the appointment of three new Trustees this autumn – Sarah Playforth, Judith Robinson and Keith Talbot. They all live locally and strengthen the expertise and experience of the board. They join Colin Greaves (Chairman), Marilyn Molloy (Vice Chair), Tony Wade (Treasurer), Fiona Nelson, Paul Rodman and Marilyn Wadsworth on the Board. Read more about the team here.

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The sixth Kendal Winter Shelter begins on Monday 19 November at the Salvation Army. It will rotate around six Kendal church venues until Friday 10 March, offering welcome, warmth, good food and real friendship to those who need it. About 100 volunteers will take part in running the Shelter this year and many others will cook, bake and donate supplies and supermarket vouchers to help the Shelter function. Everyone is […]

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Thank you so much to speaker, Karen Lloyd, and her hosts, St Thomas’ Church, Kendal, who raised £155 for this year’s Winter Shelter on Friday night. Karen gave a fascinating talk, entitled ‘The Nature of Abundance’ sharing good news stories about the environment from her nature travels, in Spain, Greece, Hungary, Transylvania and Romania. The funds raised will go to provide food for guests at the Winter Shelter, which runs […]

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The good news is that we did indeed move to The Stephenson Centre last Wednesday – thanks to the Herculean efforts of Steeles Removals and our builders. And it is going to be amazing. Thanks to the Trustees and other volunteers who turned up to help on the day too. For the first couple of days we didn’t have a phone line but we do have one now (Saturday 20 […]

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Just wanted to record a public THANK YOU to the amazing group of Winter Shelter volunteers who turned out in THAT WEATHER this Saturday morning to help move all the bedding and other crucial equipment from Castle Lodge to its new home at the Stephenson Centre. We haven’t finished counting yet but we have about 25 camp beds, 8 inflatable beds, 20 inflatable sleeping mats, about 50 pillows, pillow cases […]

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