Transform Housing & Support’s event ‘Transform on the Fourth of July’ has raised more than £10,000 in support of homeless and vulnerable people.
The event took place at Loseley Park on Wednesday 4 July and was hosted by our patron Sir Richard Stilgoe OBE DL.
The evening started with a drinks reception in the Great Hall of Loseley House. Guests enjoyed a talk about the history of Loseley Park by Michael More-Molyneux DL, whose family have lived at the estate since 1508. This was followed by dinner in the Tithe Barn hosted by Sir Richard Stilgoe. Sir Richard, who was recently knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, provided musical entertainment and conducted a charity auction and raffle.
Sir Richard Stilgoe said:
“236 years ago today, American gained its independence. And over the last 40 years in Surrey, an awful lot of people have gained their independence thanks to Transform Housing & Support.
“There are so many people in Surrey who fall through the cracks and need a helping hand to get back on their feet. Having been a patron of Transform Housing & Support for ten years, I have seen first-hand that they really do transform lives. Thank you to everyone who has supported this wonderful event for such an important cause.”
Elizabeth Kennedy, Chair of Transform, said:
“Transform Housing & Support was founded in 1972, as Surrey Community Development Trust. Four decades later, Transform helps 1,100 people each year with a range of needs, including homelessness, mental health issues, drug and alcohol dependency, and learning disabilities.
“We are very grateful to all those who have supported us so generously over the years and continue to do so. I would particularly like to thank Mr and Mrs Michael More-Molyneux for generously allowing us to hold this event at Loseley, and our Patron Sir Richard Stilgoe for kindly compering the evening.”
Over the past four decades, Transform Housing & Support has given independence to 15,000 people. The charity provides housing and support to homeless, vulnerable and excluded people across Surrey and beyond.
Transform is celebrating 40 years transforming lives during 2012. The charity is raising funds for its Transform a life appeal, which will help homeless and vulnerable people to access opportunities that would otherwise be out of their reach.