Building Fund Update

It’s been a while since I posted an update on fund-raising, so below is a chart showing our progress up to May. The fund to May stands at a fantastic £46,607 – almost half-way to our target. The last six months alone have brought in nearly £13,000.

Thanks to everyone for their fantastic support. We’ll be taking a break over the summer, but will be planning more activity for the Autumn term.

Building Fund May 2009


Ferret Racing: Friday 27th March

FerretJust a reminder that our Ferret Racing evening takes place this Friday, 27th March.

The evening will take place in the school hall in Thame, commencing at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10, and include the price of a fish and chip supper. If you need a ticket then drop us an e-mail:

The last time we ran this event we raised £2000 for St Joseph’s Building Fund and we have high hopes for a similar total this year.

We have some fantastic prizes for race sponsors and winners, including two tickets for an executive box at Wasps Rugby Club, kindly donated by RB Dymott’s Builders.

Booker Tate: Local business makes donation

Sugar CubesThanks very much to Booker Tate for their recent generous donation to St Joseph’s Thame Building Fund.

The business is “a global leader in the provision of investment, management and development services to the world of sugar, ethanol, bio-energy and other agribusiness projects”.

They are based in Church Road in Thame, and it’s great to have support from a local business.

Waitrose Thame Community Matters

waitroseI blogged a few weeks ago about the Waitrose Community Matters scheme, which is now running in the Thame store.

I’m very pleased to say that, thanks to everyone’s support (and their green tokens), Waitrose has made a donation of £320 to St Joseph’s Building Fund.

Thanks to Waitrose in Thame for selecting us to be one of the beneficiaries.

Upcoming dates for your diary

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Friday March 27th: Ferret Racing

Place your bets on the feistiest ferret! A very popular evening when we’ve run this in the past (the last event raised £2000). Includes a tote betting service, fish and chip supper (and a bar!)

Saturday 18th April:  Easter Fun Day

A fun day out for all the family, including games, children’s tea party and an Easter Egg hunt.

11th February and 11th March: Coffee Mornings

Coffee mornings in support of St Joseph’s Building Fund have now been organised to take place once a month. Please come along for a chat, a coffee and a cake!

Coming soon… Gourmet Cookery Demonstration

Back by popular demand-an evening hosted by Mark Peregrine. Mark has worked for many talented chefs, including Raymond Blanc, at exquisite restaurants including L’Esperance (3 Michelin stars) and L’Oasis (3 Michelin stars) in France. The last time we ran an event with Mark tickets sold out within days.

Watch this space for details.

2008 Fundraising Update

2008 was an excellent year for St Joseph’s Building Fund. Thanks so much to everyone who has shown the support—whether through the direct debit scheme, attending our events, sponsoring us, or through the Easyfundraising service.

The Building Fund total to the end of December now stands at an incredible £41,196.

During 2008 we raised a total of £22,393, which was a fantastic return-an increase of 48% compared with 2007. The Building Fund average monthly income is now nearly £1400. We’re planning to set ourselves a similar target for 2009 and hope we can count on your continued support.

Waitrose Community Matters

I blogged a few weeks ago about the Waitrose Community Matters scheme.  I’m very pleased to say that St Joseph’s Building Fund has ben chosen this month as one of the beneficiaries.

As you may remember, each month the Thame Waitrose chooses three local causes to support. Each time you shop you get a small green token, which you can put in the box to support your chosen cause. At the end of the month Waitrose divide £1000 between the three causes – proportionate to the number of tokens they each receive.

So, every time you shop in Waitrose this month, remember to get a token and remember to support St Joseph’s Thame!