West Sussex County Times 15/01/10
A new year has arrived and through your paper please may I after reflection say a special thank you to everyone who has supported us in 2009. I say this not in monetary terms this time but particularly in community spirit and involvement which is at the heart of what we are and what we do. Being community based is what has made us different and has helped in our success to date. Feeling the public support we have had locally has been incredibly overwhelming and surreal at times and enabled 2009 to end on a real high. Please, in particular but not exclusively, may I thank St Johns Church, Voices From The Coal Shed, Christs Hospital Sports Centre, Corporate Mosaic, The Lintott, Cobb PR, Millais School, Rawlison and Butler LLP, Waitrose, Spofforths, WSCT, and anyone and everyone who has helped or offered to help us or will want to in the future! Thank you too for all our donations, grants and awards without which we would not survive and without which our members would not recieve our support.
I have had many sleepless nights and no doubt will have many more but every smile counts as much as every pound and one often leads to another, in both directions.
The weather may be cold but theres a special warmth locally the Met Office cannot measure.
Thank you Horsham and Sussex! Heres to 2010!
Elayne Dunn. Cognitive Help And Therapy (Chat) Horsham
Jack Weller completed a Bunjee Jump on Sunday 06 March 2011 in aid of Chat leaping 160ft from a crane over a lake suspended by an elastic cord! Thank you Jack, you are a crazy star and we love you! If anyone would like to send a donation to our Lavinia House Office address towards Jacks effort marked 'Bunjee Jump' it will be gratefully recieved.
A Diamond Jubilee street party on Monday June 4 saw residents of four central Horsham streets celebrating the Queen while raising a princely sum of £180 for a local dementia charity.
The Norfolk Terrace Jubilee Picnic Party, for residents of Norfolk Terrace, Chichester Terrace, Wellington Road and Norfolk Road, was a time of both celebration and charity.
Residents raised £180 for Cognitive Help and Therapy (CHAT), a Horsham-based voluntary organisation which provides support for people living with dementia and their , co-founded by Chichester Terrace resident Elayne Dunn.
Ms Dunn said: “The Diamond Jubilee has been such a wonderful memorable occasion and to have such kindness and generosity in both monetary value and time given so freely by our neighbours as part of the celebrations has been both wonderful and very much in line with the Jubilee theme of ‘giving’.
“Knowing how the money was raised and having seen such a great community come together to help raise it makes it extra special. The money will be used within the ever increasing community of people living with dementia and their to help them through our cognitive therapy, social, training and support programmes.”
Chat has its very own special canine team member, namely ‘Chester’, a two year old Golden Retriever who has been Chat’s therapy dog since he was a three month old puppy and regularly features on their Facebook and Twitter pages and in their training programmes.
Members have seen him grow up whilst he has visited groups and homes offering the chance for people to stroke and admire him whilst opening up new conversations they may otherwise not have had.
He brings a very valuable extra dimension to Chats multi sensory programme and Elayne said he is commonly known as ‘Cheeky Chester’ and ‘Chatty Chester’.
Chester made an appearance at the Jubilee party happily wearing Union Jack ribbons around his collar, raising a smile to many faces whilst allowing the smallest of children to stroke him.
He clearly enjoyed posing regally for the Jubilee theme and benefitted from being given many tasty treats. Elayne said: “Chester is known for his dressing up and camera posing, he’s quite the diva dog, he could have his own magazine!
“It is all good fun and as long as he continues to enjoy it and the attention helps to raise awareness of Dementia and raise Chats much needed funds to allow the team to continue the work then its a win win situation.”
Jerry Bridge-Butler, chairman of the organising committee for the event, praised the generosity of his neighbours.
He said: “We really didn’t expect everyone to give as much as they did.
“We wanted to have a great street party, but do something for people within our community as well.
“Loads of people turned up on the day and had such a good time celebrating the Queen’s diamond jubilee, that when we asked for donations for CHAT everyone dug really deep.
“We chose to raise money for CHAT because dementia is something which can affect anyone, and as a local charity it seemed the natural choice.”
Mr Bridge-Butler, of Norfolk Terrace, added: “We had a tea and cakes stall organised by my neighbour Barbara Dodd, which itself raised £50 for CHAT, so special credit must go to her.”