Rain doesn't stop play for our July Sunday Café

25 Jul 2016
By Clare Ereira

The third of our Sunday Cafés was held on July 3rd , neatly avoiding the Wimbledon Tennis final the following week. Although the weather forecast was unpromising, Barbara waved her magic wand once again and the sun came out, making for another beautiful afternoon. We were delighted to welcome a steady stream of customers to the café and the good weather encouraged many to while away some time in the lovely Reading Room garden.

 
The final profit this month was a staggering £345.31, including proceeds from the sale of David Todd’s bike, (which found a proud new owner in Terry Ereira) as well as book and produce sales and, of course, our fabulous cream teas and cakes.
 
Takings were donated to Remap Wessex, and local contact Cliff Leach attended the café to talk about where the money will be spent. Remap is run by volunteers who are skilled engineers and craftspeople in the local area. They work with individuals with disabilities, providing equipment adapted or made for their personal use to allow them to participate fully in activities that able-bodied people take for granted. The charity helps around 4000 people each year across the UK and about 20% of these are children under 10 years old. Recent projects include making longer walking sticks for someone too tall to use standard ones, adapting cycling machines, bicycles and wheelbarrows to make them easier to use, and providing mounts and holders to enable wheelchair users to use computer and leisure equipment. All of their work makes a huge difference to those they help, especially as it is provided completely free of charge. If you have skills that you think could be of use to Remap they are always looking for volunteers, and they are also keen to hear of anyone who could benefit from their services. The charity is based in the centre of Salisbury, and you can contact Cliff on 07785 792414.
 
Many thanks to all those who helped to make July’s café another roaring success.
 
Our next café will take place on Sunday 7th August. Come along and bring the sunshine with you!
 
Clare Ereira