The past Mayor for 2017-18, Cllr Rachael I Lake, chose to support Oasis Childcare during her Mayoral Year. She was delighted to present them with a cheque for the magnificent amount of £49,522.30. The funds had been raised during her year in office by holding many events including a Ladies’ Luncheon, a Christmas themed Ball, a Golf Day and a Quiz evening, which may become an annual event. The local community, schools and businesses were also generous with donations.
Councillor Lake presented Caroline Edwards and Jenny Lacey from Oasis with the cheque and they were delighted with the funds raised to enable them to increase their services. Oasis has been assisting vulnerable children and families in the Elmbridge area for the last 21 years. Oasis has a very strong track record of providing services for families in crisis and for implementing preventative services to stop families going into crisis. The circumstances of many of the families are often symptomatic of years of unresolved issues for the parents and the family unit as a whole; issues such as domestic violence, drug or alcohol abuse, poor parenting or mental health. Oasis works to build a relationship of trust with these families who often feel isolated and let down. They offer them a place of safety to come to and a team of people who will listen and work with them in times of crisis. Oasis also believes that working with families long term on their resilience will assist them in averting any potential crisis as they will have the tools they have learnt to help them make positive life choices.
Councillor Rachael Lake said “I have been so privileged to support this wonderful charity. The work they carry out in the community is life-changing. The profile has been raised for this worthwhile and local charity and the Elmbridge community have been totally involved – I would like to thank everyone who helped over the past year. I have been overwhelmed with the generosity received and I am delighted to pass on this cheque.”
Caroline Edwards said ‘On behalf of all the children we support at Oasis, I would like to thank the Mayor and her Consort for all their hard work over the past year in raising such an incredible amount of funds for the Charity, as well as raising awareness of the work that Oasis undertakes in the community and the needs of the vulnerable families living within our community. Our sincere gratitude to everybody who helped and supported the Mayor in making this past year so successful.’