Donna is delighted to be involved with a number of charities which are important to her; supporting maternal and neonatal wellbeing, social inclusion and excellence in end of life care at home. Below is a summary of both up and coming and previous events she has actively participated in.
The Community coat rack in Chichester was so successful it ran past Christmas. Supported by the Chichester Post, the coat rack held under the arches at the Assembly Rooms in the city centre has seen hundreds of coats donated and collected by those in need. Donna Ockenden, who set up the initiative said the people of Chichester had been incredibly generous and there was no sign of donations or collections slowing down.
The Four Streets Project Community Coat rack in Chichester returns for the third year running having ‘re-homed’ hundreds of coats over the last two winters. The aim is to ensure that no one in the city or surrounding areas lacks a warm coat this winter.
Founder; Donna Ockenden said “Our simple message is: If you have a spare coat in clean and good condition please leave it on the rack. If you need a coat please come and take one!” Anyone wishing to donate a coat is asked to visit the rack, which will be kept underneath the portico of the city council’s Assembly Rooms in North Street.
The annual Ockenden Award for Charitable Endeavour at the junior school of Portsmouth High School for Girls has been announced. The winner is a student who was judged to have made the most effort to support charitable causes in their time at the school. Donna made a donation to the charity of the pupil’s choice and gave a small gift to the winner in recognition of their hard work along with the stunning 1930’s antique cup.
Read the winners letter
Volunteers from the Four Streets Project were invited to an evening of singing Bernsteins music as part of a year long festival in Chichester. The event was held in the Assembly Rooms as a thank you from the community to volunteers.
Donna is delighted to work in partnership with teachers of the Junior School at Portsmouth High this summer, to present ‘The Ockenden Award for Helping Others’. The winner will be a student who is judged to have made the most effort to support charitable causes whilst at the school. Donna will also provide a donation to the charity of the pupil’s choice and a small gift to the winner in recognition of their hard work along with the engraved trophy.
Letter from the winner
Donna Ockenden’s daughter, Phoebe, has won an award for her voluntary work for the homeless charity – The Four Streets Project. Phoebe received the Young Citizen of the Year award at the Chichester City Council ceremony in March. Phoebe is one of 26 volunteers who hand out much needed food and supplies every evening to those living on the streets of the city.
Donna is delighted to have been made a trustee for MAMA Academy and says “wonderful progress is being made by the dedicated team at MAMA Academy by empowering expectant mums with pregnancy information. By helping them feel in control of their pregnancy and confident in reporting any problematic symptoms to their maternity team, this can only be a positive development”
Back in November Donna Ockenden, the founder of the Four Streets Project, approached Purchases Restaurant in North Street Chichester for help with providing nutritious, tasty and hot food for the homeless people her team work with. Those who are living on the streets are desperate for a hot evening meal and Purchases have been a huge support in creating a tasty and wholesome soup for the cold nights.
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