Planning for the future at First Friday Club

Published: 14 Mar 2014 08:000 comments

GUESTS at last week’s First Friday Club were asked to plan for the future

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Business leaders attending the monthly networking event at the Novotel in Reading’s Friar Street heard how they and their employees and families can take advantage of a free will scheme thanks to the Marie Curie charity.

Three Reading solicitors – Boyes Turner, Clifton Ingram, and Setfords Solictors – have teamed up with the cancer nursing charity to offer anyone over 55 a free written will.

Toni Denyer, the charity’s legacy adviser for the south east and London, told guests about the cause’s history and future fundraising campaigns.

She said: “This month is our Great Daffodil Appeal, so there will be lots of volunteers handing daffodils out to raise money. We are looking to raise £45,000 from Berkshire alone and £7m nationally.

“We are looking for the three Ts – your time, your talent, and your treasure. If you can bring any of your skills to help us you are always welcome.

“If you’d like to host a Blooming Great Tea Party, that is a great way of getting more people involved.

“You can also leave a gift to us in a will, and that is the main way we collect money. Annually we receive between £20-25m.”

The raffle was won by Bernadette Varilone, owner of Unique Gardens, a specialist garden designer based in Woodley, who won a bed and breakfast stay for two at Novotel.

She said: “I will definitely enjoy that - I’m looking forward to it!”

The hotel’s general manager, Jacqui McMillan, was hosting her final First Friday Club before going on to take the reins of a new Novotel in Brentford and said: “It’s been amazing being part of Reading.

“There’s been lots of great change in the town since I’ve been here and the recently approved BID (Business Improvement District) will help that continue.”

l Next month’s First Friday Club is at the Penta Hotel, Oxford Road, on April 4 from, 4-5.30pm.

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