20th Anniversary Function
Given the warmth of many comments, Acorn’s 20th Anniversary Reception at the Dolphin Hotel on 10 May was a great success.
We were able to thank and entertain, some 40 guests. This included all four local Town Mayors, an ex-Mayor, and representatives of the many kind organisations and groups who have supported us so well in recent years. Some 50 of our own members attended and had the chance to meet and talk to guests, and also to enjoy this very special social occasion.
Before a very splendid five-finger buffet, Simon gave a super introductory presentation. He covered what Acorn does to help local cancer patients and carers, and our recent activities.
This also included a grateful thanks to guests and encouragement to continue to think of us in the future. Our own ex-Mayor member Colin presented flowers to our founder Judy York.
He then surprised Jan with a similar bunch of flowers. Simon then presented Jan and Gordon with a members’ collection of £240 in John Lewis vouchers, a thank-you card signed by many, and a carved wooden bowl and wooden door-knocker (made by Douglas Dawson).
These, Simon said were presented to them on behalf of members, in recognition of 10 years volunteer service as Treasurer/Secretary and in recognition of their wish to gradually hand over their reins to others.
The presentations were captured by a Hunts Post reporter and photographer, leading to the expectation that an article on the event will appear in a near future edition of the paper. Photos were also taken of the presentation of a £500 cheque by Captain Andy Sargeant on behalf of the RAF Wyton Charity Committee.
Gordon thanked both RAF Wyton for their generosity and also Hilary Roofe of the St Ives helpers Coffee Club who had a few minutes earlier given him an Acorn £1000 donation cheque.
With such an enjoyable social outing for members, a chance to thank supporters, more donations and great publicity, we can really say this was a successful occasion.