York Road Project

REPRESENTATIVES from all sections of the community gathered at the HG Wells Centre on Saturday night to raise money for a good cause.

YORK ROAD PROJECT: Mel Roth, Cath Stamper, Cherisse and Steve Dealtry

A glamourous swirl of evening dresses and dinner suits caught the eye as people attended the Mayor’s Civic Ball in support of the York Road Project, raising more than £7,254 for the Woking charity which looks after the homeless in the borough.

“It was great to welcome representatives from business, charities, community groups and political life,” said Woking Mayor Cllr Will Forster. “Many thanks to everyone who came along and donated to support the York Road Project, thank you all!”

HOSTS: The Mayor and Mayoress of Woking, Cllr Will Forster and Hannah Thompson

The black-tie event began with a drinks reception in the Griffin Lounge, before the guests enjoyed dinner, entertainment from the Crashing Waiters – which involved everyone present banging out rhythms on various kitchen utensils – and dancing. The evening also included an auction and raffle.

“It’s been a great honour for York Road Project to be the Mayor’s chosen charity during his tenure and the Civic Ball demonstrated the amazing level of support we’ve received from the Woking community,” said Cath Stamper, the charity’s chief executive.

“The Civic Ball was an excellent evening, we were delighted to be there and it helped to further raise the profile of our charity locally,” added Cherisse Dealtry, deputy chief executive.

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Chobham Business Club Members were delighted to host the Mayor of Woking Cllr Will Forster, 45th Mayor of Woking, at a business lunch on Friday 15th February at the Rosso Mazaro Italian Restaurant in Chobham attended by 22 members.

HELPING THE HOMELESS – Chobham Business Club Members Craig Bourne, Tricia Matthews, Vivian Woodruff and Richard Whittington present a cheque to Mayor of Woking Cllr Will Forster with owner Diego and Ciro from Rosso Mazara. Picture by Marilyn Taylor

The food was excellent and everyone enjoyed their lunch consisting of a variety of different food. The Mayor of Woking gave a speech regarding his chosen charity for his Mayoral year which is to support Woking’s local homeless charity, the York Road Project, which provides emergency lodging and longer term accommodation and ongoing support to help those experiencing homelessness get back on their feet.

Will explains: “My grandmother used to support this excellent charity and as a result I have grown up in Woking and supporting it too. I was surprised to hear that it has never been the Mayor’s charity before and so I am hoping that I can help raise funds for this very deserving cause, as well as raise awareness on how the people of Woking can best help people who have fallen on hard times.”

Craig Bourne Chairman and Tricia Matthews President of Chobham Business Club were delighted to hand over a cheque to the Mayor in the sum of £250.00, some of this money was raised in a raffle on the day.

WOKING’S homelessness charity would not be able to operate without help from the community, one of its leaders has said.

The deputy chief executive of the York Road Project, Cherisse Dealtry, was speaking at an open day attended by supporters and members of the public.

York Road Project chief executive Cath Stamper with the charity’s patron, sculptor Sean Henry

“We want to say a big thank you to everyone who came along,” she said. “We’re a local charity situated in the community, so having the support of Woking residents means a lot to us.

“It’s thanks to your backing and kind donations that our vital work is able to continue.”

Visitors, including the Mayor of Woking, Cllr Will Forster, and the charity’s patron, sculptor Sean Henry, had the opportunity to meet the small team which runs the charity.

They were able to learn more about the essential services provided for homeless people; including outreach to rough sleepers, an emergency night shelter in York Road, Woking, and “move on” properties providing longer-term accommodation.

Deputy chief executive Cherisse Dealtry

The open day was held at the charity’s day centre in Goldsworth Road, Woking, known as The Prop. The centre helps anyone facing homelessness find housing advice and stages creative workshops and practical skills training sessions.

York Road Project, which was formed in 2001, provides accommodation and support for those facing homelessness in Woking and the surrounding areas.

To find out more about its work or get involved, visit www.yorkroadproject.org.uk or call 01483 728739.