Tessa attended the Martha Care charity Celebration of their progress in Glastonbury Town Hall last week. Martha Care are a local charity who help families caring for very sick children.
For the last five years, Glastonbury based charity Martha Care has been working tirelessly with the community to raise the necessary funds to start their first project. They have just employed the first Martha Care Social Worker who will be leading a project in Bristol Children’s Hospital starting in May. The charity was keen to thank everybody who helped get them to where they are today.
The event included live music from Mr Keep Calm, the opportunity to talk with the Martha Care team and to discover their plans for supporting families in the future. There was a talk from the chair, Maggie Mickshik and other supporters, including parents and patron Ben Langley. They explained how they have raised funds so far, where that money has been spent and how people can help raise more. There was also news on how people can participate in the 2012 Glastonbury Yellow Day on June 30th, http://www.marthacare.co.uk/yellow%20day.html .
Tessa said, “I am very impressed how quickly this money was raised. It is hard for charities, especially small ones, to fundraise even in the best of economic times. Martha Care is a fantastic charity and I congratulate them on their achievement. I’m sure the new social worker will make a huge difference in helping to support local families under immense strain caring for their ill children.
I look forward to hearing about the programme being expanded to the whole of the South West.”
Notes for editors:
Martha was a tiny baby when she was diagnosed with a rare cancerous brain tumour. She needed extensive in-patient treatment which meant that we, her family, had to spend long periods in hospital too.