From the 6th – 13th of June, the Community in the North West came together to take part in ‘A Week for Chai’, an annual week-long fundraising initiative asking people to host an event in aid of Chai.

Throughout the week, Chai supporters took part in a range of innovative and creative activities which raised much needed awareness and funds for Chai’s northern hub.

The Forever Chai Committee kick started the week with a Kids Artisan Market at Bury and Whitefield Jewish Primary School on Sunday 6th June. The market, which raised £2,000, featured more than 20 stalls run entirely by young entrepreneurs who sold handmade jewellery, personalised art, cakes, cookies and so much more!

Chai’s Community Fundraiser, Jilly Berens said: “We had around 350 visitors in total. Everyone had smiles on their faces and the feedback has been incredible – it was fantastic to see such a brilliant turnout!”

The Whitefield Hebrew Congregation ‘Community Quiz Night’ raised much needed awareness of Chai as 43 households tuned in to Zoom for a quiz dedicated to Mark Saunders z’l. During the evening, Rachel Harris, a Chai client, spoke beautifully about how special Chai was to her when she went through her cancer treatment. The event hosted by Michal Balshine raised £1,064.

On Sunday the 13th June, nine children attended a painting class led by Sherry Marks of ‘Doodles Art & Craft Club’ in her garden in Prestwich. They created eye catching ice cream canvasses and raised £36.

On Sunday evening, Debra Kay hosted ‘In the kitchen with Debra’, a virtual baking class for eight children. Debra guided everyone step by step to bake delicious brownies and scones. The event raised £25.

Chai’s Chairman, Louise Hager, said: “Well done everyone! Each and every event is an opportunity to learn about Chai’s specialised services. A heartfelt thanks to everyone for all their generosity which helps ensure that Chai’s Bic C of Care can continue to make a tangible difference to all those who turn to us.”