Thursday’s meeting was great – back to form with great attendance and lots of ideas. One of the things we touched on is the website design – we need to move our paypal donate button to the front page at the very least (hmmm – this of course sets in motion a whole ton of thoughts about what is possible, so watch this space).

We’re still plugging away with the old funding bids – there are a couple of deadlines looming and we also wait with baited breath to hear about our local application. We had loads of discussion about our priorities and realise that we have no future if we cannot put some money in the bank – everything we do will just collapse and be totally unsustainable.

Well 1In response, we are preparing to push our Well-Wishers scheme – we have TWO lovely WWs signed up so far, and we had hoped to have NINETEEN by this stage. Anyone can become a SAND Well-Wisher – it’s easy and we have a straightforward form to help it happen – click  here. Well-Wishers can donate as little or as much as they like each month.

It is also all hands on deck for the 70’s disco and fundraising auction  … wow, what a night that is going to be. It was such good fun last year that it is a bit scary to do it all again with raised expectations – but hey, when has SAND ever turned down a challenge like this? Disco Mike is on form with his facebook postings, offering snippets of the music we can all look forward to dancing to. We have started listing the auction items as they come in – and are humungously grateful to the generous folk who have offered these – have a look at them in more detail here: auction list. In short we currently have:

  • 2 nights in a chalet near Aberdovey
  • an Appleyards Christmas Hamper
  • tickets for a Jailhouse Tour of the Shrewsbury Dana Prison
  • Terry Jones Solicitors voucher for a single basic Will
  • afternoon tea for two, at the Two Fat Racsals
  • art work by Giselle Lousie Ryan
  • a 90 minute horticultural consultation
  • a Christmas cake
  • 1 hour hypnotherapy
  • a hand-carved house sign
  • a ride in a classic car
  • a boat trip
  • 2 nights in a cottage in the Peak District

Still on the disco – tickets are now on sale at Pengwern Books (Fish Street, Shrewsbury) and the TShirtTwo Fat Racsals Coffee Shop (Riverside Precinct, Shrewsbury) as well as via Eventbrite. SAND Members will also be out and about in brand new T-shirts at the Rainbow Film Festival this weekend (16 – 18 Oct 2015) – and they’ll have tickets for sale tucked in their back pockets.

As to the point of it all – even with less than a shoestring to work on, SAND Members have been talking to staff at Alzheimer’s Society; Help2Change and local GPs over the last month or so and are still following up on health and social care providers.

‘BOOM’ indeed!

This Blog records what is happening at which point of SAND’s development.


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