Thank you to the community

We would love to say a massive thank you from all of us at YMCA Basingstoke for the continued support from our communities.

Thank you so much to Inspero Passion for People for the lovely bakery donations we have been receiving!

A massive thank you to Basingstoke Foodbank and St Mary’s Church for the amazing Christmas boxes full of goodies for all our residents!

Thank you also to Rapid Relief Team for the Christmas food boxes!

A special thank you to the Hygiene Bank Basingstoke for the massive donation of hygiene products for all our residents!

A huge thank you to Nando’s Basingstoke for providing food for our residents in self-isolation on numerous occasions and throughout the year!

Nando’s lifting the teams spirits with a delicious lunch!

A special thank you FareShare Basingstoke for continuously providing us plenty of food supplies!

Thank you to @boundarylakespt for providing us with home workout tips and exercise programmes. See the programmes below!

Homebase Basingstoke were kind enough to give us a few pallets-worth of plants, some tenants have taken the potted flowers for their rooms and we are planting the others in our bed by the front door.

All of us at YMCA Basingstoke would like to say a huge thank you to for the grant that they have supported us with. This means we are able to invest in another fridge and freezer, something that will benefit our endeavours of ensuring we can provide a hot meal each day for our residents during this time. We are also in the process of turning our kitchen into a café and once we are up and running again this will be a space to run our cooking programmes and internet café to residents and also the wider community, meaning this grant is very beneficial in stocking our kitchen-soon to be café!

Thank you so much to Playmakers and Hat Hair Festival, part of Play To The Crowd Theatre Royal Winchester for the huge bag of wool, along with the Knitted King Alf pattern they have very kindly donated for our residents.

Playmakers started this scheme as part of their Knit and Knatter sessions at the theatre and Wickham Community Centre to create knits of the King Alf which were going to be hidden around Winchester city as part of the annual Hat Fair Festival. Unfortunately the festival has been cancelled however they still plan to hide to the knitted King Alfs in a festival later on in the year.

We have created packs down at reception so come and pick one up if you would like to give it a try! We also have lots of spare wool and needles if you would like to give knitting a go but might find this difficult if you are a beginner- Why not try starting with something simpler like a scarf or blanket?

The pattern is below for anyone in the community to get involved! We would love to see your King Alfs and the details are on the images of how to send them to The Theatre Royal, Winchester!

@bfitbethany_ has vey kindly offered our residents and other people in the community spaces on her personal training app which includes many varied at home-workouts for 12 weeks, with a new daily exercise launching live each day. The app is personal for your own progression so if you would like to get involved and set up an account, contact @bfitbethany_ (Instagram) BFIT (Facebook) or with your name and email or contact us with your details to pass on!

Thank you to Southampton FC for providing lunch for our residents! A delicious cottage pie and chicken and black bean sauce with rice!

Thank you to our anonymous donor for this huge donation of orange juice! It’s a good time for a vitamin C boost and we’ll be well stocked for a while now!

A massive thank you to Move Momentum for providing a brilliant virtual street dance workshop to our residents, they loved it!

Thank you to Metro Bank for coming to volunteer with us for the day. Our garden is looking fantastic!

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