Our aim:

Our aim is to raise funds to allow for provision of specialist items, equipment, resource and support which may be required by children with complex needs in areas covered by a "PL" postcode. Please join us on a journey to help make significant difference to the lives of those children.

E-mail : admin@pl-ease.org.uk

Tuesday, 23 December 2008

Last post before Christmas

Wishing all of our followers and readers a happy Christmas. I hope that Christmas and the New Year bring the things you are looking for.

The charity has certainly reached a good point in its development. We now have agreed "objects" with HMRC, we have organised a few fundraising activities in 2008 to get the ball rolling, and we have developed a programme of events for 2009.

Main events for early 2009 include a 2-day bucket collection at Waitrose, a charity acoustic night at Devonport Playhouse, and the Dartmoor Jailbreak...

The acoustic night features 5 local artists: Sam Ho, Josie Newton, Jenny Keegan, Katie Marie and Steve Osman. See www.myspace.com/plymouthplease. Tickets for the event are currently on sale at £5 : e-mail admin@pl-ease.org.uk to order some! This event will be held on March 28th - our 1st birthday! Help us celebrate in style and reach our aim to become registered in 2009!

Plans for the jailbreak are still being made. We are looking for team members if anyone wants to join us. Not sure where we will end up yet...it's all part of the fun!

Anyway, thank you all for your support to date. Have a great Christmas!


Monday, 15 December 2008

Santa Run

In preparation for Christmas, 300+ wannerbie Santas completed the Santa Run around Saltram on Sunday 14th of December.

The event was organised by Plymouth Coasters to raise money for their chosen charity for 2008 - the Daisy Garland charity (http://www.thedaisygarland.org.uk/)

By some stroke of luck, the weather took a turn for the better, and glorious sunshine and a crisp morning made the 5km trip somewhat pleasurable!

Plymouth Coasters running club (http://www.dmlrunningclub.co.uk/) have chosen PL-ease as their charity for 2009. We look forward to working with them to help raise funds and the profile of our charity.


Friday, 12 December 2008

MySpace & Facebook

MySpace and Facebook "Friends" wanted!!!

We have a MySpace account set up - see www.myspace.com/plymouthplease - with 300+ friends. Please help us to increase this number and keep in touch regarding future events by adding us to your "friends" list.

We also have an account on Facebook - search for "PL-ease". Again, feel free to add us as a friend to enable us to keep up to date, and to increase awareness and publicity for the work we are doing.

Also, you can become a "Follower" to this blog by clicking on "Follow this Blog" at the bottom of this page.

Please feed back any comments to help us improve the information we are providing.

Many thanks


Sunday, 7 December 2008

Father Christmas

We took our children to see Father Christmas at the Plym Valley railway today. Our children have never been too keen on meeting the bearded man in red, but today was different. The man himself made a fuss of children (and adults!). We have a great photo of our kids - actually smiling with him! A first!

Father Christmas will be visiting the CoyPool based railway again on Sunday 14th and 21st. See http://www.plymrail.co.uk/ for more details.

The railway is run by volunteers, and the association is aiming to extend the track up to Plym Bridge. This will offer families an excellent way of getting to Plym Bridge and back. Please visit and support them in their journey!


Saturday, 6 December 2008

Agreement on charitable objects

At last..,

HMRC have provided us with alternative words for our "charity objects". If you have been following this blog you may recall they had an issue back in April/May time. This centred on our trust deed and the objects (objectives) of the charity. We had used the phrase "to raise funds for...". HMRC said that raising funds was not in itself a charitable objective, and we offered to remove this phrase leaving " provision of specialist equipment, support and resource....".

They have just come back with alternative words, which although a bit long-winded, I think we should accept. The new wording is:

"To relieve children of all ages with complex needs (that is suffering from two or more special needs) arising from mental, physical, behavioural or educational difficulties residing within the "PL" postcode through the provision of specialist items, equipment, resource and support which may be required".


We will look to incorporate this into our trust deed at the next update, and continue to pursue a gift aid reference number.

Although this is a bit frustrating in the time taken to resolve, it should make life easier when we come to register the charity with the charity commission in 2009. We are preparing paperwork for submission which will show that we believe our income for the year April '09 - March 2010 will exceed £5k. This is the level at which a charity needs to become formally registered with the charity commission.

Finally, what a great piece of negotiation by all involved at Princess yachts this week. Rather than make people redundant and face losing everything, the employer, unions and employees have agreed a reduction in hours across the board. A great example of people working together to make the best out of the current economic situation.