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All Aboard for Basepoint Luton’s nominated charity ReachOutPlus


The management team from Basepoint’s Business and Innovation Centre in Luton were invited by ReachOutPlus to the Launch of their new canal boat at the Nash Mills recreation centre in Hemel Hempstead, on Thursday 5th September.

ReachOutPlus are Basepoint Luton’s nominated charity for 2013 and the centre helps to raise money for the charity, which provides ‘experiences’ for young people aged between 11 and 25 years who have a disability, or are from a disadvantaged background.
The charity hosted the event for sponsors to showcase their new boat and talk about what the funds they receive are used for.  Whilst all attendees enjoyed a round-trip journey on the Grand Union Canal, Pauline Mitchelmore from ReachOutPlus spoke about her new role as Corporate Fundraiser, giving examples of how money raised is put to good use; such as £50 providing a Circle of Support for one week, £300 covering the cost of sensory toys, and £750 being a weekend away for 25 young people at a specialist centre.
Basepoint’s Assistant Centre Manager Lorraine Smith and Centre Manager Fiona McDermott both enjoyed the trip, especially helping with opening and closing of a lock!  Fiona commented that “the work ReachOutPlus do is extremely worthwhile, and their lovely new canal boat will, I’m sure, be well used to provide experiences for the young people they support.  We are very proud to be associated with them as one of their sponsors.”
Assistant Centre Manager Lorraine Smith did a tandem Sky Dive earlier this year, raising £1000 for the charity.  Further fundraising has been carried out at Basepoint’s centre in Luton with local businesses and Licensees taking part in raffles at internal networking coffee mornings.  The funds raised by Basepoint will be matched by The Act Foundation for ReachOutPlus.