We are delighted to announce that we have chosen Parents And Children Together as our Charity of the Year 2013!
After a long process sifting through a record number of applications, a panel of staff members chose PACT as they are a perfect fit, not only for Reading Buses, but the town as a whole. Their projects cover the same areas as our bus network and we were struck by the enthusiasm they showed for not just the partnership, but in wanting to get their message out to the people of Reading.
Parents and Children Together (PACT) has been supporting and strengthening families since 1911. They provide community support to over 9,000 families every year through community projects across Reading and the Thames Valley such as children’s centres and other projects including supporting homeless families and those affected by domestic violence. They are also a voluntary adoption charity providing adoption and fostering services including support services provided by therapists experienced in adoption and permanence work. PACT’s Fostering and Adoption Consultation and Therapeutic Support (FACTS) team offers therapeutic services tailored to meet the needs of individual children and young adults who may have had traumatic experiences prior to their adoption or fostering placement.
It is our aim to help raise money to support PACT in all its initiatives, with a focus on raising money for theraputic sessions for children and young adults to help them integrate into their foster and adoptive families and to help them have a better overall chance in life.
For the beginning of the partnership with Reading Buses, PACT are asking people to think about what they can do to support the charity. Whether it's volunteering or fundraising, we ask you to make a 'pact for PACT'! You may have already made New Year resolutions - so why not tie them in with our charity?
You could do a sponsored run, walk, bike ride or slim if you vowed to get fit and healthy for 2013. Or if you decided that you would learn a new skill such as baking, sewing or painting, why not sell the fruits of your labour and donate the profits to PACT?
More information on PACT can be found on their website at www.pactcharity.org
For more information on how you can fundraise for PACT, contact Laura Senior firstname.lastname@example.org
2011 and 2012 Charity of the Year - Duchess of Kent House Charity
A successful partnership running for 2 years across 2011 and 2012 saw us raise over £8000 for Duchess of Kent House Charity.
For more information please visit http://www.dokhc.org.uk
2010 Charity of the Year - Help for Heroes
During 2010 we raised over £4500 for Help for Hereos
For more information please visit www.helpforhereos.org.uk
2009 Charity of the Year - Thames Valley Air Ambulance
During 2009 we raised over £3000 for the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance
For more information and help please visit: www.tvacaa.org
2008 Charity of the Year - Macmillan Cancer Support
During 2008 we raised £3008.05 for MacMillan Cancer Support.
For more information and help, please visit: www.macmillan.org.uk.