Happy Friday to one and all!

Good afternoon and thankyou for taking the time to open this newsletter - we hope it finds you well?
It's been an exciting few weeks here at The Matthew Project with positive news coming in about referrals, clients, staff, fundraising, current projects and future plans. So please grab a cuppa, find somewhere comfy and read more about it all below...

The highlights...
Please support this incredible 14 year old young man, who recently lost his mum due to substance related issues. He is showing his strength at a most difficult time, by choosing to fundraise for The Matthew Project to help others impacted by addiction.
He finds walking a real benefit as have those around him.
They will all join in a memorial walk on the 25th August 2020 at Wicken Fen National Trust and ask for your donations in a show of solidarity...
Listen to the interview above speaking on BBC Radio Norfolk about this event and the work that The Matthew Project offers to young people in similar situations
Donate here

ACTIVITY PACKS: Being at home, with fun places to go closed and a global pandemic happening, this summer holiday is any child’s nightmare. That's why we wanted to offer the children we usually work with on a 1 to 1 basis, some positive activities to do at home
Throughout August we've been distributing 800 positive activity packs to 200 young people county wide that are affected by someone else’s substance misuse. Each young person will get 4 themed packs delivered to their homes by our Unity Team. The packs include; baking ingredients, growing your own food, arts/crafts activities and a some gifts including a letter to the children from former Norwich City Captain, Russell Martin
George, our staff member in charge of the packs, has made videos to accompany each theme. You can watch them here on YouTube!
More news for this week...
UNITY: Listen to this AWESOME video with Ellie our Unity Service & Data Manager on BBC Radio Norfolk. She talks about the #YouthWestSummerFest plus the important work the The Matthew Project Unity team do with young people across our fine county of Norfolk
NEXT STEPS: Across the road from Next Steps, is the Wharf Music Academy. It is in a medieval church that has been in need of some TLC, dare I say, for a while...
Next Steps won the contract to redecorate it ahead of its relaunch as a wedding venue and music school. This has been a huge job! 
Members of Next Steps, under the leadership of our stoic and talented trustee Lorie Lain-Rogers have been hard at work. The transformation is amazing! 
We have an exciting list of events planned in the run up to the end of the year. We will be releasing further information in due course, but you can pop the dates in your diary now...

Memorial Walk For A Better Future: Tuesday 25th August, 2020
A brave 14 year old young man walks to raise funds in memory of his Mum. Donate here

Freedom in Remembrance Cathedral Service: Thursday 24th September, 2020
A time of reflection for all those struggling or grieving as a result of drug and alcohol addiction. Free tickets will be available from next week via Eventbrite/Facebook

#GetJackTo10K: Friday 23rd October, 2020
Jack Mollicone is running his first ULTRA MARATHON - an awesome 134 km's along the famous Norfolk Coastal Path. He has set himself a fundraising goal of £10,000!
#getjackto10k by donating here

The Matthew Project Charity Auction: Friday 6th November, 2020
From Friday 23rd October, 2020 a series of 10 irresistable lots will be released for auction with the final hour screened live online. With themes including 'A Wedding to Remember', 'Business As Usual' and  'To The One I Love' there's something to appeal to every bidder...

The Big Give Appeal: 1st - 8th December, 2020
Join with us for a week of fundraising as we rally to reach our goal for the Christmas season, supported by The Big Give

37 Years, 37 Stories: December, 2020
This year marks a milestone of 37 years supporting our community. Hear the stories first hand, of those that have used our service, offering hope of a future beyond addiction
To finish...

That's all for now. We hope you'll agree that despite all the gloom that surrounds us, there is always hope!

Have a lovely weekend and stay safe

Best wishes from all the team at The Matthew Project x
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