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The Crumbs project turns 20!

We celebrated our 20th anniversary in style. Cake galore and a well attended VIP party

Photo from left to right: Mayor of Bournemouth Councillor Edward Jesser Coope, Mayoress Janet Coope, Crumbs Chairman Douglas Eyre, Intern Dale Dolphin, Lord-Lieutenant of Dorset Angus Campbell, Intern Laura Hurst, Life President & Founder Anne Gardner, Trainee George Chislett

On Monday 24th April 2017 the celebrations began with our annual AGM followed by a presentation ‘Towards Independence’ by our chairman, Douglas Eyre. Local businesses Sturtons & Tappers, Domestic Angels and Anglo Continental kindly gave speeches and described the benefits of supporting us through either our catering services or with work experience and employment placements.

Cake and canapes were enjoyed by over 30 attendees, including trainees, employees, board members and special guests. Ursula Boardman, Training & Development Manager comments, “It was a great turn out and our interns and trainees did a fantastic job catering for the event – everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves.”

The event also saw Kate Holliday, Anne Gardner’s niece and former Board member named as latest patron of the charity.

Did you know? The Crumbs Project was founded in 1997 by Anne Gardner MBE and sprang from the need for adults in long-stay care to have a pattern to their day, a skill at their fingertips and something to talk about. Anne Gardner comments:

“At 17 our daughter Liz started to hear the voices which were to torment her for most of her adult life. In a bid to help I became involved in projects to help those with enduring mental illness and that’s when I came up with The Crumbs Project. In the days when long-term stay in a mental hospital was often normal, I wanted to create a social, safe place for adults suffering with mental health, and later learning disabilities and stabilised addiction problems, to thrive.”

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