Ambassadors appointed at charity’s 4th birthday celebrations

The Cascade Foundation, has celebrated its fourth anniversary of relocating to Doncaster from Essex by launching the ‘Cascade Ambassadors’ project and appointing its first four ambassadors.

Dale Easter, Sandra Zambelli, Molly Stretton and Ian Curry received huge amounts of praise of charity’s founder, Jackie Hewitt-Main for their myriad achievements over the last few months. The four were presented with their official ‘Cascade Ambassador’ certificates by the Civic Mayor, Cllr George Derx at a special birthday anniversary event held at The Cascade Health & Learning Hub on Marshgate in Doncaster town centre.

Comments Jackie: “Our ‘Cascade Ambassadors’ project focuses on recruiting local people to sign up as ambassadors or volunteers for the charity. By working together and encouraging others to find out more, our ambassadors are sharing their own experience of The Cascade Foundation with everyone they meet and spreading the word so we can help to transform the lives of more and more people with learning difficulties or head injury.”

During the celebrations, special mention was given to Sheila Bailey who has attended the Hub every day, without fail, for the last four weeks. Sheila, who lives in Edlington and has a number of learning difficulties including dyslexia, has never been able to hold down a job for longer than a few days.

“The Hub has given Sheila a new lease of life,” explains Jackie. “She is such a bubbly and vivacious lady, being here with the team is really helping her to understand more about her learning difficulties and how they can be overcome with our unique, sensory learning approach and by learning from her peers. She has a newfound purpose and a reason to get up every morning. Give it a few months and Sheila will have some valuable qualifications under her belt, her confidence will improve and the ultimate goal will be to support her into employment; that’s why she was chosen as our ‘Employee of the Month’ for September.”

Concludes Cllr George Derx: “It was wonderful to meet Dale, Sandra, Molly and Ian and present them with their Cascade Ambassador certificates. The work that they, and all the volunteers at the Cascade Foundation do supporting people with dyslexia, head-injury and other learning difficulties is truly inspiring and makes a real difference in improving the quality of life for some of the most vulnerable people in our community.

“I would like to thank them for inviting me to share in their fourth birthday celebrations and wish them continued success for the future.”

Charity goes to market

Award-winning charity, The Cascade Foundation, has taken a stall at Doncaster Market as part of a brand new learning and fundraising experience for its clients and volunteers.

CEO and founder of The Cascade Foundation, Jackie Hewitt-Main came up with the idea after she first discovered the market when she arrived in Doncaster from Benfleet in Essex.

Says Jackie: “I love markets, I always have, so to find such a thriving and busy market here in Doncaster was a big bonus for me – I’ve visited the market most weeks for the last three years, it’s such an asset for the town.

“Like most people, my colleagues and I have lots of clothes, books, toys and bric-a-brac we don’t actually wear or use anymore so we decided to set up a ‘Cascade Foundation Vintage Stall’ and sell them at Doncaster Market to raise funds for the charity.”

Continues Jackie: “This latest project also represents an excellent, hands-on learning opportunity for some of our clients to put some of their newly acquired reading, writing and interpersonal skills to the test by actually working in the local community and meeting new people.

“The team – Sheila Bailey, Karen West, Brenda Lonsdale and Michael Lowth and Cascade Foundation Ambassadors, Dale Easter, Molly Stretton and Ian Curry – organised everything from booking the pitch, gathering all the items we wanted to sell and transporting them to the market, to staffing the stall, marketing it and telling as many people as possible about the charity throughout the day.

“Everyone had a specific job on market day such as Dale who built up his confidence and handed out hundreds of leaflets to other stallholders and the general public and Sheila, who has a number of learning difficulties including dyslexia, and overcame them to deal directly with customers and sell lots of make-up bags!”

Concludes Jackie: “The ‘Cascade Foundation Vintage Stall’ generated lots of interest, raised funds of £115 for the charity and everyone had a fantastic day out – we can’t wait to go back!”

The ‘Cascade Foundation Vintage Stall’ will be at Doncaster Market again on 3rd November.