A time of reflection!

Hi all! Samantha here once again with your monthly instalment of the Cyril Flint Befrienders’ Blog.

Can you believe we have reached the 11th month of the year already!? Before we know it these 30 days will be over, Christmas will be around the corner, and a new decade will soon be welcomed in. Therefore, I think that the perfect theme for this month’s post is about ‘reflection’. Reflection is an important part of all our lives; it allows us to unpack key events, showing gratitude for all the positive things we have encountered throughout the year.

Cyril Flint Befrienders has certainly had a very busy 2019, and therefore a lot to be grateful for/proud of. I have compiled a little list of the highlights of this past year to show the extent our accomplishments:

  • Trowers & Hamlins’ Pub Quiz-

    Back in February, the ‘Trowers & Hamlins’ pub held a quiz night in aid of Cyril Flint Befrienders. The night was a great success, raising over £1200 in order to help combat loneliness and social isolation among our local elderly community.

  • Accumulator Challenge-

    This May saw us launching our third annual accumulator challenge! Our amazing teams put on fantastic fundraising events, turning their £50/100 start ups into an honourable profit! In total we raised £1,961.20. This year our thank you event for the accumulator challenge will take place on 5th December, acting also as our annual Christmas party! On the night we will reveal the winner of our three prize categories: most funds raised, most innovative idea & best publicity piece. This is set to be a wonderful night of celebration; a fitting end to the year.

  • Cuppa & Company Events-

As usual, 2019 saw the continuation of our ‘Cuppa & Company events in Sainsburys’ Café Sale, on the first Thursday of each month. This has been a great way for befrienders and befriendees alike to come together for a few hours, have a hot drink, and a nice natter. Our September edition of the event saw the fabulous Susan Rowland take over as the event host! Her work has been greatly appreciated, and we are so happy to have her join our dedicated team of volunteers.

  • We welcomed Sam-

    In July of this year we extended a warm greeting to Sam! Sam is our new fundraising Coordinator here at Cyril Flint Befrienders, and since starting has become an invaluable asset to our team. Her great organisational skills, and business brain, have saw her put on amazing fundraising event. Keep an eye out for more over the Christmas period.

  • Piccadilly Bucket Collection-

Speaking of Sam’s great work, on 27th September she organised a bucket collection at Manchester Piccadilly train station, for the charity. Our event volunteers banded together to help raise an astonishing £67 from generous commuters.

  • Cyril Flint’s Night at the Races/ Summer Raffle- 

On the 4th October we invited you all to saddle up for a ‘Night at the Races’ in aid of the charity, and it certainly was not one to forget! We had food, drink, horses galore, and of course our raffle draw. A big shout out to Helen who won the best dressed woman of the night. The event (including the raffle) raised a grand total of £662. Let’s hope this streak of fundraising triumph continues in the coming months!

  • Our skydiving superheroes

A huge round of applause has to go to out to our brave fundraisers who answered the call to take the leap in our skydiving challenge this year. In total we had Rebecca and Jon take part, and collectively they raised a skyrocketing total of £1500.

However, it must be said that the great work we’ve done throughout 2019 could not have been achieved without the kindness and generosity of our supporters! We truly appreciate the relationship we have with you all and hope that this can continue to be built upon in 2020 and beyond.

A suitable way to help us out for the remainder of this year however would be, if possible, to hold a fundraising activity of your own! The chilly weather is the perfect opportunity for this believe it or not. You could organise a work place winter jumper day, or set up a hot drinks stand, with all the profit raised continuing to run a vital service for lonely/socially isolated elderly people in the south Manchester/Trafford areas.

I hope that you all have a brilliant November, and once again a huge THANK YOU to all who assist us in any way.

Until next month,

Sam.