What a week it’s been for us here at the Lincolnshire Cerebral Palsy Society. Last week saw our 65th AGM which marked the long reign of our charity and all its previous guises. In turn, yesterday saw us crack open the coffee beans in celebration as we hosted our first Coffee Morning in Lincoln City Centre. We’re so proud of how far we’ve come, and we’re excited to see what the future holds.
Wednesday 24th July was the dawning of a new era for Lincolnshire Cerebral Palsy Society when we held our first AGM under the new and improved title. The charity, which had up until recently, only helped those who lived in North & North East Lincolnshire, decided to drop the tongue-twister in September 2018. In spreading our wings to incorporate the whole of Lincolnshire, we feel we are more able to reach the people at the core of what we do – those affected by Cerebral Palsy.
The Society wouldn’t have been able to survive so long without unwavering support and realised potential. However, we recognise that the needs of our clients change and evolve in accordance with the services provided across Lincolnshire. We’re also aware for the charity to evolve and develop, our relatability to the outside world is key. This is why at the recent AGM we created new roles for our members. BBC Look North’s Phillip Norton was unanimously voted into the position of PR/Communications Manager as well as being elected as Trustee.
Regardless of whether an organisation has been running for 6 years or 60, some things will always stay the same, and fundraising is every charity’s bread and butter. We’re planning a fun event for every volunteer to get involved in. Is skydiving your thing? Or perhaps a picturesque stroll as you complete the Spires and Steeples Challenge? Or do you prefer a civilised and leisurely luncheon. No matter what your cup of tea is, we’d love to have your support – just go to our ‘Get Involved’ page to find out how.
Speaking of volunteers and tea – well, coffee to be precise. We had a fantastic morning yesterday. Thanks to Lincoln Drill Hall for letting us takeover their café we were able to have a hang out with some old friends and make some new ones. From our Patron and Professional Golfer, Ashton Turner, to university students, to Healthcare professionals, they were all taking an interest in our small, but powerful cause. In the hope to connect and collaborate with as many people as possible, we’ll be arranging regular coffee mornings, so keep an eye on our website and Facebook page. Who doesn’t love a catch-up with cake?
We’re looking forward to what lies ahead and we can’t wait to take all our fantastic supporters along for the ride. 65 years ago, Lincolnshire Cerebral Palsy Society was founded to enhance the lives of people who were affected by the condition and this is something we still strive for today. With a little help from our friends, we think 2019/2020 will be our best year yet!
Photo credit: Oliver Howard
Jo is a blogger and writer who lives with Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy. She has recently become a volunteer for us and is keen to raise awareness of our work. Jo has a passion for helping anyone with the condition and has a desire to make a difference.