Katie's Diary

Halloween Extravaganza

17th November 2016

We are a group of friends who are supported and enabled by ubu to live independently in our own homes here in the North East. We have been friends for many years now, and every year we host a party at Halloween. We usually hold a small event at each other houses but this year we decided to make the most of the time that we spend together and make it one to remember. After meeting to talk about our event and make plans we were all in agreement that we would like to take the opportunity raise money for a local charity.

One of our parents suggested a charity called East End Youth and Community Centre. This is a small local charity in North Shields that provides opportunities for people in the community to develop their health, social and educational needs. This sounded great so we looked forward to getting our thinking caps on and to plan the event.

This year we decided we wanted to invite as many people as we could to our Halloween event. We worked together to design and print some invitations and posters. We took the invitations around to our neighbours and friends and put the posters up around our local community. We talked to people we know about the charity we were raising money for.

With the help of the ubu enabling team we worked together to plan what we would be doing during the party. We talked about what we would need to make it really good. The preparation was so exciting, we printed our own posters, we made tickets for the raffle and tombola, and we even designed and made some of our own decorations. We worked together preparing food and homemade snacks for our party. Doing this helped to keep our costs down to a minimum.

We were really pleased with the support we got from four community. Local businesses were especially generous, because they kindly donated some excellent raffle prizes. One of the local companies gifted the hire of their PA system and so we put together a Halloween music playlist for the party.

Our event was brilliant. It was a great success and we could not have been happier with how it turned out. It was so nice to have the support from friends, family and neighbours who came along and contributed to our fundraising effort. The atmosphere was great. We had music, a very busy tombola table and a pumpkin carving competition with lots of great entries from our guests. The buffet we had prepared was made even better with extra home-made cakes brought in by our guests, a raffle with lots of quality prizes and a spooky music quiz to round off the afternoon.

The following week, the money we raised, £403.35, was presented to a member of the East End Youth and Community Centre during one of their youth club sessions. They were so grateful for the donation and told us that the money was going to be used to help children who use their services in our area. Marvin Johnson, who is a trustee from the charity wanted to express his gratitude for the support and was extremely pleased and touched by the donation made by us all.

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