Our lives have changed immensely since my last post just a week ago. My regular blog schedule is out of the window so I’ll refocus my blogs on signposting help, advice and ideas to see us all through the Covid-19 epidemic. (And I hope the daffodil picture cheers you up!)
This post is the first in a series of local volunteering opportunities. This week the focus is on environmental volunteering opportunities in and around Didcot.
Mention Courtney Hughes to a Didcot resident and they’ll probably tell you she’s the driving force behind local charity Secret Santa 365. Although only 21 years old Courtney is gearing up for her ninth year delivering Christmas presents to vulnerable people. I met Courtney to find out more about her and her life in Didcot.
If you’ve got a wardrobe full of clothes you no longer wear why not swap them for something different? I recently visited a clothes swish at Cornerstone to find out more.
I’ve been away this week so didn’t get to write my usual Saturday post. However I did manage to pop along to Didcot Summer Fayre yesterday.
A few weeks back I featured Andy Baker, founder of Play2Give, on the In Didcot blog.
Play2Give raises money for local charities through a combination of events and fundraising initiatives. I’ve already featured a couple of Play2Give events on my monthly round ups but there are so many events coming up that I thought I’d dedicate a blog post. So what else is planned for the summer?
One of the great things about writing this blog is that I’ve discovered lots of new groups and organisations in Didcot.
I recently met Kara Penny, the co-ordinator of the Didcot branch of the Guide Dogs Association, for a coffee to find out about the group she helps run.
For my second ‘Meet a Didcot resident’ blog post I’d like to introduce Andy Baker. Andy is an award winning fundraiser who founded Play2Give in 2007, and has subsequently raised over £170,000 for local charities. I caught up with him in Cornerstone to find out more about him and his life in Didcot.
One of my goals for this blog is to share the stories of local people.
To kick off the first in my ‘Meet a Didcot resident’ series I’d like to introduce Jack Cummings. Jack suffered life changing injuries in Afghanistan but fought back to fitness through a series of sporting challenges. I caught up with Jack to hear more about his life and to ask him a few Didcot specific questions.