18 inspirational Oxfordshire charities get a free ‘night out on the town’ funded by 21 ethical Oxfordshire businesses.

By Sarah Edwards

Giving something back took on a truly grand-scale at the Hollywood Bowl in Oxford last Thursday night, when the venue as taken over by 18 local Oxfordshire charities. Charity service users, volunteers, workers and trustees were all able to let their hair down and have a free night of fun and laughter, as a treat and thank you for all their hard work.

This unique event was made possible by the kindness and generosity of 21 local businesses. They clubbed together and reached out to the voluntary sector, to show their support for the exceptional charity organisations in our area.
The night was a hit with everyone involved. Warren Koehler, from the charity Thomley, said “It’s so nice to be a part of this, have a chance to relax outside of the working day and enjoy yourselves”. Sue Hitchcox, representing the business sponsor Richard Riley Associates, said “It’s just great to be able to support so many worthwhile causes and give back to the community”.

The night was filled with much laughter and merriment. You could feel the tension in the room as Keith from Thomley lined up to take-out the MCT magic pin. If he knocked it down, the charity won £250. Keith delighted everyone by doing just that. Ark-T won the ‘team having the most fun’ award with their mischief and mayhem, whilst Balsam Family Project took the prize for the top score of the evening.

Ultimately everyone won on the night – a true show of positive community spirit. Some of the many charities that took part included Aspire Oxford, Ark T, EMBS, My Life My Choice and Yellow Submarine.

Monument Community Trust (MCT) provides help and support to local charities and community groups in Oxfordshire. Since 2010 it has helped more than 100 voluntary organisations. MCT was founded by Jennings – a home for your business

Photos Credit: Jacqueline Cross