BOYLESTONE Ladies Group organised and hosted a fund-raising cheese and wine event in support of the charity Home Start – Support and Friendship for Families.
The event was supported by the Lighthouse Restaurant in Boylestone, which kindly offered its premises to host the event, for which more than 70 tickets were sold.
The evening commenced with a glass of cava on arrival.
Judy Wilkins, the ladies group chairwoman, opened the event with a message of thanks and said they were thrilled so many of those in and around the village had attended in support of such a worthy cause.
The speaker for the evening was Becky Bendall, a support worker at Home Start.
Becky explained that the role of the organisation was to help families in need of various levels of support due to the demands and pressures placed on them in a variety of circumstances.
Becky described some of the situations in which people had reached out to Home Start.
Examples included a new mother living in a remote village feeling lonely and isolated, having recently given up her job to become a mum.
Becky described other situations such as a family that had relocated to a new area, losing the support of grandparents and finding it hard to juggle childcare, new schools and the pressure of a new home and employment.
The support from Home Start can be tailored to meet individual needs such as childcare to enable a mum to go out shopping or showing a young mum with no other support how to engage in play and communication with children.
Majestic Wines of Uttoxeter and the Cheddar Gorge Cheese Shop of Ashbourne had both been generous in their support.
The event continued with a wine-tasting activity.
Majestic hosted the wine tasting, having brought along four different wines to complement four compatible cheeses.
The tasting was followed by a cheese and wine buffet, with many of the ladies having made homemade bread and chutneys.
Wine was available to purchase, with profits supporting the fund-raising.
A raffle had also been supported very generously, with some fantastic prizes.
The evening was a great success, raising £775, of which £500 will be presented to Home Start and the remainder to support the funds for Boylestone Ladies Group.