The High Sheriff of Wiltshire, Penelope Marland has awarded the Friends of Erlestoke Prison an award to recognise and support our services to the community for our volunteering work in the area of criminal justice. The £500 grant comes from funds raised at The High Sheriff's Reception last summer. We are delighted to receive this award as recognition of the services that all our amazing volunteers continue to provide on a weekly basis.
Our Christmas Auction 2017 raised £4,662. Thank you to all those who placed bids and congratulations to all our winners. Auction items varied from holidays, hampers, bread making courses, helicopter rides, dinner in the prison, to a rare vintage whisky and a day at the races. A great start to 2018!
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Carol Part, as our newest Trustee. Carol will be responsible for the charity's fundraising strategy and policy; she has a wealth of experience in developing national and local charity potential and securing funds. Carol is a real asset to our team and we are delighted that she has agreed to join us as a Trustee.
We are delighted and extremely grateful to the Rt Revd Dr Edward Condry, Bishop of Ramsbury who has raised over £7,000 for the Friends by cycling to Rome. A famously keen peddler he undertook the whopping 1,200 mile journey to support our work in HMP Erlestoke. The journey started on the 7th July and lasted 14 days.
We raised just over £3,600 when Kate Adie came to Marlborough to speak about her experiences and memorable reports from conflict zones around the world. Over 230 people attended the event. We are grateful to St John's School in Marlborough for providing us with their 'Theatre on the Hill' as the venue and to the White Horse Bookshop in Marlborough for acting as our ticket agent for the event.