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Fundraising ball for Switch Café

A number of the Gullands’ team attended the Switch Café Fundraising Ball at the Village Hotel, Maidstone, helping to raise over £13,000 for this important local charity. The funds will be spent on continuing to support young people in Maidstone. 

Switch is a youth charity and organisation for young people. Located in Maidstone High Street, it is there as a safe haven for those who come from troubled backgrounds or those who are going through difficult adolescent periods. Switch has a dedicated and hardworking team who are always around to help young people develop their personal, social and emotional skills. 

Their motto is to “Spread love as thick as you would Nutella”. There’s always something going on for young people, whether that’s free pool, free entry to win an iPad Air or free food. Young people can pop in and hang out, or get involved with something that makes a difference.

It is a free service and wholly funded by generous donations from the local community who came out in full support at the charity ball. More than 120 people attended including the Mayor of Maidstone, the Mayoress, Helen Grant MP with Clive Emson conducting the auction. There were some attractive prizes and competitive bidding that evening! 

Marianne Webb, Associate at Gullands and Trustee of Switch Café comments: “We were delighted to help raise funds for this fantastic local charity which is making a huge difference to young people in Maidstone. The purpose of the evening was not only to raise funds but also to raise awareness of the work of the charity. We achieved both and also took the opportunity to present the staff and young people with token gifts to thank them for their hard work”.

Switch Café can be found on Facebook @switchcafe