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Good afternoon readers

I hope this email finds you all well with plans for a nice weekend!

In today's newsletter we share feedback on the Memorial Walk for a Better Future and more information about our forthcoming events including an incredible challenge one man has set himself to raise funds for The Matthew Project. Enjoy!

The highlights...
FREEDOM IN REMEMBRANCE SERVICE: On Thursday 24th September, The Matthew Project will be hosting our annual service in the Nave of Norwich Cathedral to remember those lost and suffering due to addiction. This event offers time for reflection to anyone struggling or grieving as a result of drug and alcohol addiction and is free to attend. Wherever you are on this journey you are welcome to join us. Entry is from 7.10pm with the service commencing at 7.30pm. Further information and ticket reservations can be found here. For those that cannot attend, the service will be streamed live to Facebook. We hope to see you there
Reserve your free place
#GETJACKTO10K: This week saw the launch of our campaign for Jack who is taking on an incredible ultra marathon to raise funds for The Matthew Project! Jack has been training since June, with a goal of running 134km along the Norfolk Coastal Path
We are looking for donations, runners to join him on 5k portions of the route and plenty of sharing to get the word out! You can find more information about this awesome event on our website here 
Donate to this campaign
FREE PARENTING GROUP: Starting on Friday 11th of September at 12pm – 1:30pm we are running a new online support group via Microsoft Teams for parents of young people that are using substances but do not wish to stop using them.This will be small, closed  group of up to 9 parents. The office camera’s will be switched off and parents are welcome to use their first name or nickname only, to protect their identity
All we ask is that you need to be able to commit to six Fridays to attend
Parenting a child that uses drugs can be troubling, cause sleepless nights, anxiety and pressure within a family. The purpose of this group is to learn from each other and to look into different situations and behaviours, to help teenagers using substances and navigate a way through a difficult time.
If you're interested please email donna.batty@matthewproject.org to find out more and sign up
Sign up now
More news for this week...
Memorial Walk for a Better Future
What an absolute success this event became. Gathering interest from local press, radio and on social media meant this brilliant young man smashed his fundraising target with a whopping £1,107! Those that walked with him told us it went really well and even the rain held off. In fact it went so well that he's now considering a sponsored swim. Much respect to this star of the future and a massive thankyou to all those that took part and donated

National Fitness Day
On Wednesday 23rd September, The Matthew Project are going to deliver a Basketball/Football drop In at Jenny Lind Park from 1pm to 5pm alongside Active Norfolk. The Matthew Project will head to the park along with current members from our recovery support programme to meet locals, play some sports and talk about what The Matthew Project is currently doing. Do come and join us if you're in the area

Back to School
After what has been the longest summer holiday in history, the gates are finally open for a return to school. It's going to have a very different feel for children with new procedures in place. After so much time away, there will be lots of anxieties to deal with. Some families have really enjoyed the time together and there may be nerves about changing the routine. For some, a return to school may even be welcome if there are difficulties in their household. Whatever the circumstances, we are preparing increased support to be available to every child and family that need us. We'll be sharing information in our next newsletter about the launch of our new programme so watch this space...
To finish...

Thanks for your time in reading this and for your support of The Matthew Project. Thankyou in particular for those that share, like, comment and follow us on social media and for those who donate to our campaigns. It's this support that allows us to continue what we do

Have a lovely weekend and stay safe

Best wishes from all the team at The Matthew Project x
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