2021 review: good news from Berkshire in June


After a year marked by the coronavirus pandemic, many were hoping that 2021 would be a new beginning for all of us.

The year began with England entering its third national lockdown and legal limits on social contact were not lifted until June 21.

At the local level, people took up the challenges and continued to support their communities.

From fantastic fundraising and fabulous volunteers to achieving milestones and launching community initiatives, there has been a lot to celebrate in Berkshire this year.

Today we take a look at some of the great news featured on InYourArea throughout the month of June.

Smart Works Reading received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

Volunteers at Forbury Gardens for Smart Works Reading. Image: Steven Parker

Smart Works Reading, an organization supporting women’s employment, received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in June, the highest honor a group of volunteers can receive in the UK.

Smart Works Reading tackles a root cause of poverty by helping disadvantaged women in the Thames Valley find work. Since the association opened in 2015, she has helped more than 700 clients find employment.

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The brother and sister duo traveled 90 miles along the Kennet and Avon Canals from Reading to Bristol in charity

Brother and Sister Team Pippa Barrett and Ed Barber

The sibling team Ed Barber and Pippa Barrett turned to running during the lockdown to get in shape and fill their free time. The couple decided to use their new hobbies to do something for charity in June.

Raising funds for CALM, Mane Chance Sanctuary and Weston Hospice, the couple ran from Reading, Berkshire, to Bristol, a total of 90 miles, over five days, following the Kennet and Avon Canal and camping along the way.

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Bracknell’s care home helped a charity garden to bloom

Volunteer (left), Tracey Van Zyl Community Relations Manager at Mountbatten Grange (center), Joanna Anderson Community Relations Manager at Bickerton House. Image: Care UK

A care home in Bracknell, Berkshire was delighted to help a local charity redesign its outdoor space before it reopens to the public in June.

Members of the green-fingered team from Bickerton House, on Warfield Road, and Mountbatten Grange, another Care UK home in the area, joined the Age Concern team to help paint the outdoor furniture , plant flowers and beautify the garden of its day center before it reopens.

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The Royal Berkshire Fire Authority donated equipment to the Gambia Fire and Ambulance Service

Left to Right: Adviser Angus Ross, Senior Fellow for Strategic Assets, Royal Berkshire Fire Authority; Councilor Colin Dudley, Chairman, Royal Berkshire Fire Authority; Simon Shilton, Deputy Fire Chief, Avon Fire and Rescue Service and Paul Kirk, GAFSIP Trustee, Avon Fire and Rescue Service.

The Royal Berkshire Fire Authority based in Reading, Berkshire, has donated a vehicle and a range of firefighting equipment to a charitable partnership that works to help the service’s emergency response Gambia fire and ambulance.

The Gambia and Avon Fire Services in Partnership (GAFSIP) is a charitable trust between Avon Fire and Rescue Service and The Gambia Fire and Ambulance Service which has been in existence since 1991.

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BBC sheds light on the plight of Newbury College student Tofe

Tofe Mohummed, was interviewed by BBC South Today about his experience as an unaccompanied asylum seeker

Newbury College motor vehicle student Tofe Mohummed made headlines in June after BBC South Today visited the Monks Lane campus to interview the aspiring mechanic about his experience as an unaccompanied asylum seeker.

Tofe arrived in West Berkshire as a 15-year-old unaccompanied asylum-seeker (UASC) in 2016, after fleeing unrest in his home country of Ethiopia. He made the treacherous journey hidden in the back of a truck, frozen and frightened.

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