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.
Recent charity activity
With more and more people now living on the streets of West Sussex volunteers and charity groups are seeking more helpers to join their endeavors. The local newspaper; Chichester Observer, talks to people who are homeless and the charities who are supporting them as much as they can.
A Chichester hairdressers has been asking its clients to kindly donate any spare warm clothing which will then be distributed by The Four Streets Project to the homeless. The staff will also join the volunteers in the evening on a rota basis to help deliver food, drink and blankets to those in need.
The Chichester Observer Community Awards 2017 will be announced at a ceremony on December 4th in West Sussex and Donna Ockenden is amongst the nominees for her work with The Four Streets Project. The initiative was only set up in January of this year and has been embraced by a team of compassionate volunteers to help the homeless.
Donna is delighted to relaunch the Community Coat Rack in Chichester as part of the Four Streets Project initiative. As founder, she says: ‘If you have a spare coat please leave one and if you need a new coat, please take one’. The new location is at the Council House in North Street and the rack is co-run with the Chichester Observer.
The Four Streets Project and Chichester Observer are planning to bring the Community Coat Rack this winter. They are seeking a shop within the four streets to have it outside their store.
Donna Ockenden, founder of the Four Streets Project is urgently appealing for donations of blankets, clean and dry socks, sleeping bags and waterproof coats for those people who find themselves homeless in Chichester.
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Donna Ockenden hosted a Vintage Afternoon Tea party in celebration of her 50th Birthday at the beautiful Guildhall in Chichester. In lieu of any gifts she requested donations for charity and was delighted to raise funds for Kate’s Home Nursing, Mummy’s Star and St Pancras Church who work closely with The Four Streets Project. The dress code was Vintage Apparel from the 1960’s onwards and all who attended had a wonderful time.
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Read Mummy’s Star thank you letter
The Four Streets Project, founded by Donna Ockenden has now been running for seven months. The initiative supports people sleeping rough in central Chichester and someone from the project team looks out for those in need every night. The project provides clothes, food and friendly chat to people without a roof over their heads. The Four Streets Project ambition is to provide daytime storage for bags and possessions, support for drug and alcohol misuse and give access to a city centre night shelter.
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Donna is also delighted to present ‘The Ockenden Award for Charitable Endeavour’ to the winning pupil at Portsmouth High School along with a donation of £100 to their chosen charity, which this year, was LEPRA.
Donna presented ‘The Ockenden Award for Charitable Endeavour’ to the winning pupil at The Prebendal School along with a donation to their chosen charity. The award supports the efforts of Year 8 pupils and donations have been made to:
2017 – JDRF
2016 – Nick Webber Trust
2015 – Elifar Foundation