At our meeting last week, as we are now into a new financial year it was time to report about the last 12 months. It is a time to reflect and to think about the next 12 months, how will BGSG reach out to any grandparent who needs help and support. Her is a quick run down on the report.
: Interview with Dame Esther Rantzen, for The One Show.
: Interview with North Manchester Radio.
:Letters to all political parties.
: Interview with BBC Merseyside.
:BGSG was one of the charities in Waitress Community Matters for March, £450 was raised.
: Linked up several grandparents in Edinburgh.
: Questionnaire sent out by Esther.
: Article for USA website.
: Meetings with Veale,Vizard and Wasborough re charitable status. Many thanks for all of their help and support.
: Article for Mature Times.
: Applied for funding from various grant funders.
: Arranged a lunch for grandparents.
: Collection at Asda, and part of their community links, raised £250.
: Badges and car stickers designed and produced.
: One Show requested a follow up programme.
: Wrote to 100 local businesses to apply for funding, no responses.
: Articles in Daily Mail and Bristol Post.
: Australian grandparents link up.
: Collated link up list.
: Cream Tea in August, raised over £600, to become an annual event.
: Interview with Radio Bristol.
: New website design and launched. Thanks to http://www.hellomynameispaul.co.uk
:Visit to meeting from two CAFCASS officer, thanks to them.
: Due to the amazing donations from Friends of BGSG we reached our £5,000 target required to obtain registration.
: Talk to Little Stoke Ladies Group.
: Launched, much needed, befriending service.
: Christmas cards designed.
: Words and Music concert, raised over £1,400. Thanks to everyone who made it possible.
: Tesco donated Christmas Tree for our Tree of Hope.
: Dame Esther Rantzen agreed to be patron.
: Christmas mainshot, responses of several grandparents who have been reunited with their grandchildren.
: Article in the Sunday Mirror.
: Radio Bristol interview.
: Launch of Devon Group,many thanks to Gloria and Bernie for the time and enthusiasm.
: Daily Mail request for grandparents to share their stories.
: Possible group to be set up in Northern Ireland.
: Arranged 2nd lunch for grandparents.
I hope you can see that everyone involved in BGSG are working hard voluntarily to raise public awareness on the terrible heartbreak of being denied contact. Many members are working with other grandparents by befriending them and making a commitment to contact them on a regular basis. People who are making an enormous difference, in showing their care and empathy, they stop the isolation and loneliness that we can all feel.
I will never be able to thank all of the people who have given Marc and I support and help in so many ways. People who want to remain anonymous, but who continue to always be there for us.
Those who are giving us legal support as and when it is required, pro bono, professionals with their vast expertise and knowledge, who have now become life long friends.
Without these wonderful people BGSG would not be where it is today, so thank you all.
Jane and Marc.