On Friday 20th July 2012, Hillcrest Hampshire held a sports and activity charity day at the Hayling Community Centre.
The charity chosen to be supported was The Honeypot Children’s Charity which works to enhance the lives of vulnerable children and young carers, by providing respite breaks and on-going outreach support.
This brilliant event celebrated the achievements of the Hillcrest School and all three homes on Hayling Island. The morning was structured as a sport and activities competition between the three homes; Poppy Lodge, Hayling and Beachlands. The afternoon was then saved to make all the presentations and to celebrate the achievements of the young people.
Activities on the day included, a tug and war, coconut hitting, Welly throwing, bungee runs, beat the keeper, savoury cooking competition, bucking bronco, inflatable sumo wrestling, a charity raffle and a brilliant art work auction.
There were refreshments, cakes, pastries, a hog roast and plenty of other goodies to enjoy throughout the day in exchange for donations. A talented young chef from Poppy Lodge spent a day preparing savoury pastries for the baking competition.
There was also an opportunity to win a range of prizes including a week’s accommodation in France (kindly donated by a staff member) by taking part in the raffle and a silent auction saw some keen local bidders competing to take home a selection of handmade soaps and canvases.
The day was organised by a fantastic planning team which worked hard for a number of weeks to make this event so successful. The total amount raised throughout the day for The Honeypot Children’s Charity was £349.87, an excellent achievement from every one that attended.
The day concluded in a prize giving ceremony hosted by school staff in which all the young people received recognition of their achievements throughout the year.
Certificates, trophies and medals were awarded by the Deputy Mayor of Havant, and a young man from Poppy Lodge marked his last day of school with a heart warming speech, thanking everyone for their support and reminding us all how the positive actions of all at Hillcrest lead to positive outcomes.
Thank you so much to everyone involved, it was a great day!
Mia Payne and Ricki Walker, RCW’s -Poppy Lodge