Viv Carter, Fundraising Coordinator for the Honeypot Charity gave a talk explaining their work which supports young carers and vulnerable children, providing residential respite breaks and also outreach support and play sessions. Honeypot House (situated near Exbury) has grounds of some 7 acres with a swimming pool, adventure playground, boating lake, go kart track and other activity facilities. Twelve children can be hosted at a time for 4 day holidays; they are picked up by minibus and provided with whatever assistance and kit they need to have fun. There is ongoing contact, play dates and support throughout the year with each child receiving Xmas gifts and birthday cards. There are currently 24 children (and their families) from New Milton who are benefiting from this brilliant support.
The charity does not receive any direct government funding and needs to raise £1.5 million annually to be able to continue its work. They currently have a project to develop a curriculum based educational programme, which would mean that the facilities could be utilised throughout the week instead of just in school holidays and weekends. The cost of supporting one child for a whole year is currently £525.
Honeypot were extremely pleased that the recent collection at Tesco New Milton, in which several BB members took part, had raised £823.
Sonia proposed a vote of thanks to Viv for her presentation – members were moved and inspired by her obvious passion and dedication to such a worthwhile enterprise. Jacquie was pleased to hand her the raffle proceeds of £110 plus a donation of £50.