The Hollytree Foundation Charity Ball

We support a number of different charities and are often asked to cater for Charity Balls which are always such a fabulous way to raise much needed funds. We recently met Zoe and Olivia from The Hollytree Foundation who are organising a Ball at Scampston Hall (a venue that we love!) and we’re delighted that we will be providing the catering for this event. The Hollytree Foundation is such a fabulous charity and we wanted to share a little about them…

‘The Hollytree Foundation Charity supports parents and carers with the emotional, logistical and financial difficulties, that caring for a child in a mental health unit brings.
Children’s mental health units are far and few between and are spread around the United Kingdom. Quite often families have to travel hundreds of miles to visit their children in order to maintain essential contact. Children’s regular contact with family members supports the rocky road to recovery. Many parents and carers find financially maintaining this contact challenging.
The charity aims to support these parents and carers through small grants towards their travel and accommodation costs when visiting their children.
We raise money by fundraising and donations.

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The Story so far…

The Hollytree Foundation was born out of personal experience. Zoe’s daughter Holly has been in several mental health units over the last 18 months: in Liverpool, Manchester and currently Norwich. Zoe soon realised that there was no help with funding for parents and carers like herself unless they are on benefits. So far to date, Zoe has travelled 15,000 miles and spent in excess of £5,000 on fuel alone, currently driving a weekly 440 mile round trip to see her daughter. Hearing stories in the media of families having to travel hundreds of miles with all the expense that that brings, Zoe decided to do something about it and started, with the help of the charity’s Trustees, to set up a charity.
We chose the name ‘Hollytree’ after Zoe’s daughter, Holly, and also that mental health is often a ‘prickly’ subject that is not easily talked about.
Zoe continually tries to raise the Charity’s profile and campaigns for funding for parents and carers.

If you’d like to support The Hollytree Foundation you can contact them via their Facebook page here The Hollytree Foundation and if you would like to attend the Ball please do contact them directly for tickets. It’s sure to be a sell out event so don’t hang around!

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