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.
Thank you to everyone who joined us at St John's Church, Devizes for our Christmas Concert. Over 150 people enjoyed the Wessex Male Choir and Shrewton Silver Band, welcomed by Canon Paul Richardson, Belinda Southwell, Chair, Friends of Erlestoke Prison and Tim Knight, Governor, HMP Erlestoke. Over £3,200 was raised through ticket sales and donations which will support our work with the prison in 2017.
Thank you to everyone who joined the 3rd Bridge and Tea event in March. We raised over £1,100 which is our the best year yet for this event. Over 50 people attended and enjoyed an afternoon of bridge, tea, sandwiches and cakes. Several bridge players were also fortunate enough to win prizes in the raffle too. Proceeds from this event will go to support our transport scheme which we run for families of offenders.
The 2015 Christmas auction and raffle raised just under £6,000 all of which will contribute to our work in HMP Erlestoke. Congratulations to our winners and we hope that you enjoy your auction items and prizes. The raffle was drawn and the auction ended on the 7th January 2016. Thank you to everyone who bought tickets or placed a bid!