Essex branch of the Foresters Friendly Society drives to attract the Young at Heart

Monday, August 17, 2009

Local event raises over £500 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association

An Essex-branch based in Warley of the Foresters Friendly Society has raised over £500 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA) by organising a successful entertainment festival.

Branch secretary, Lucy Clements (aged 21) arranged 'The Young at Heart Festival' which took place on Saturday 13th June at the IRDSA Hall in Barkingside. She was supported by fellow young members of the Foresters Friendly Society in the area to provide entertainment throughout the day for over 100 children and young adults who attended the event.

The attractions included an athletic acrobatics show and evening performances by several local bands entertaining the crowds with rock, punk and acoustic music. The musical entertainment was opened by with a special appearance and performance by local rapper, Graham Martin, known as 'GFB'.

All performers gave their time for free and the event raised over £500 for the MNDA, the Foresters Friendly Society's nominated charity during 2009.

Foresters Friendly Society branch secretary Lucy Clementssaid: "This is the first time we've taken the initiative to reach out to young members of our local community and we are truly delighted with the response. The children had a great time having their faces painted, making dream catchers and playing with poi and hoops."

The Foresters Friendly Society, which celebrates its 175th anniversary this year, has a long history of supporting charities in the UK. Last year also saw Society members raise more than £45,000 for CLIC Sargent, a children's cancer charity.

Lucy Clements continued: "Foresters Friendly Society branches support a wide range of charitable causes across the UK as well as looking after the interests and well-being of its members. Besides raising valuable funds for the Motor Neurone Disease Association we've also seen several new members join the Society as a direct result of attending on the day."

"I am grateful for the support of all our local Society members who helped to make this event a great success and something we're now looking forward to repeating in the future."