From time to time, generous people take part in fundraising events to help boost our funds. Find out more below.
Soirée at Stefano’s
A fund-raising evening of opera, held in the beautiful home of a YHT supporter
Stefano Nappo is an opera lover; he is also a friend of our Director, Philip Robinson. Aware that Philip has a fine voice, and interested in our work at Yellow Heart, Stefano decided to hold a fund-raising evening at his home and invited his music-loving friends to an Operatic Soirée, followed by a light supper.
Stefano’s home is an exquisite sanctuary for modern art, which lends itself to an occasion such as this. As people began to arrive there was lively conversation and appreciation of the wines and canapés being served. There was also a sharing of life’s vicissitudes, as often happens when people know that the Yellow Heart Trust helps those with trauma and/or addiction issues.
You know when an audience is rapt because there’s no fidgeting, coughing or whispering. This is how it was when Helen Hardwick (soprano), Philip Robinson (tenor), and Warren Shattles (pianist) entertained us. Their programme included arias by composers across three centuries, including Verdi, Puccini, Handel and Strauss.
Our ‘light supper’ was taste bud heaven.
Stefano had asked his friends to ‘dig deep’, and a total of £715 was raised.
So, the rest of us at Yellow Heart say, “Bravo and a Huge Thank You” to Stefano, Helen, Philip, Warren, and friends.
Helen runs in memory of her cousin, Rob
During a visit with my niece and newly-born grand-niece, Helen casually mentioned that she was thinking of getting back in trim by running the Bournemouth half marathon. Oh, and it would be on behalf of the Yellow Heart Trust and in memory of her cousin (see Rob’s Wish Fund). I was ecstatic!
During the months that followed, Helen texted regular updates. “I’m following the Hanson’s half marathon plan because I’m really interested in the physiology of the process. It’s the same principles I followed for the London marathon. Gruelling but effective!”
A later one had me in tears: “Not long in from a 12-mile jog. Part of it is a mile uphill and it’s steep. And gets steeper. For the last stretch I imagined Rob was at the top, calling me, pulling me up! It really helped. I will think of him all the way on 7 October.”
Helen’s run - including Gift Aid - has raised more than £2,600 for YHT, and her JustGiving total was in the top 3% of fundraisers for October (that’s out of 54,670 fundraisers!). It’s a tremendous feat, which will help people who would not otherwise receive therapy when they desperately need it.
Dee Bixley, October 2018