Our Charity of the Year for 2018/19 is Hornchurch-based Tapestry.
In May of every year, we consult with our staff in order to choose a charity to support for the financial year ahead.
Tapestry have two bases in Havering and their teams support adults to lead a positive and fulfilling life with a particular focus on assisting people living with dementia. Tapestry were nominated as our Charity of the Year by our Private Client department after our team members witnessed the incredible work they do with a number of our elderly clients.
Tapestry (originally The Havering Older Peoples Welfare Association) has been around for almost 70 years. The group were donated a building and HOPWA House opened in 1965. In 1973 they became Age Concern Havering and the Havering based unit became Tapestry in 2014.
Since the charity was formed, they have helped over 350,000 people and they continue their focus on care in the local community to this day. Their ethos has always remained the same; to ensure that local people and their families have the care and support they need, as and when they need it.
The services of Tapestry are a lifeline to many elderly people in community. They offer a range of services in their centres as well as help at home including:
Tapestry are looking to raise around £90,000 to create a sensory garden at HOPWA House in 2019 and also improve the services on offer in the borough for people living with dementia.
Tapestry will also be launching new respite opportunities for carers that offer support and advice and opportunities for interaction with others in a similar situation to themselves.
These innovative and unique services will include the establishment of the first sensory rooms for people living with dementia in the borough.
Tapestry is a registered charity (No.1079969).
We are planning to hold a number of fundraising events throughout the year to raise funds for Tapestry, including charity runs, dress down days, bake sales and evening fund raising events. Each year the firm works with the Queens Theatre, Hornchurch to host 'Christmas at the Queen's'.
We raised over £2,500 - our best ever year - in December 2018. Half of the proceeds went to Tapestry (the other half to The Queens Theatre Charitable Trust).
We will be revealing our plans on our events page as and when they happen.
At the end of each client matter we send a Client Questionnaire in order to understand our clients’ experience with the firm. For each Client Questionnaire returned to us, we donate £1 to Tapestry so we would encourage all of our clients to please take a moment to return the Questionnaire to us at the end of their matter.
If you would like to get involved in any of our fundraising events or have any ideas as to how we could raise funds then please do get in touch.
We have raised the following amount for our Charity of the Year, Tapestry so far: