Christmas message from the CEO

Thursday 3rd December

As we draw towards the end of yet another year it's so rewarding to look back and see, once again, just how much we've achieved. The last twelve months seem to have flown by in a whirl of good outcomes and I'm both proud and privileged to have played a part in a charity which continues to go from strength to strength. 

Great start…
The year began exceptionally well when we were honoured to have The High Sheriff of Greater London, Kevin McGrath, make a dedicated visit to The Nehemiah Project to hear about what we do and discuss ways in which we can work together. Kevin brought with him a host of like-minded individuals from the local council, the police, other charities, and a number of churches. The day was a great success putting The Nehemiah Project onto the radar and raising our profile significantly.

Hello Goodbye…
This year we've been fortunate to have employed a number of additional new staff and volunteers and we extend a warm welcome to them all. We're especially excited that our mentoring scheme is now up and running. In November we, sadly, said goodbye to Olivia Kilbee our amazing fundraising manager for the past five years. We wish her every success in her new role. We have been fortunate to recruit Lauren Sullivan in Olivia's place. Lauren brings with her a wealth of experience and we're excited and looking forward to the contribution she will bring to Nehemiah.

Your support…
On the subject of fundraising this year has been an exceptionally good one with many of you committing yourselves to activities to support our work. I have been touched by your enthusiasm and continued interest in helping us to work with men who have a genuine desire to turn their lives around. Some of the accounts of where our residents were before joining us are tragic even harrowing but our two-step programme continues to produce results way over the national average for successful recovery. You can read more about our residents’ stories here

Charity Ball…
Meanwhile, we ended the year on a great high with a fantastic charity ball and auction. Our guest speaker was Olympian Sir Steve Redgrave who spoke movingly of the need for teamwork and winning in life. His words were an inspiration to our residents for whom motivation plays such an important role. The evening was a resounding success securing us a fantastic £25,000 which will make a valued contribution towards our work.

Ongoing success…
Throughout the busy year our work, as ever, has continued inspiring, supporting, guiding and transforming the lives of men who have made a commitment to break free from substance abuse. Our Supported Housing Team have all worked tirelessly to ensure the success of individual men. We know that none of it would be possible without their dedication - so much of the work needed to make the charity a success is done behind the scenes. We are grateful, too, to our small but hugely efficient team of office staff without whom our charity could not exist.

And finally…
I cannot end this letter without saying our final thanks to you for your continued support. Your commitment to The Nehemiah Project both in your donations as well as your good wishes has helped us to transform lives. We could not achieve our amazing results without you. Please continue to support our critical work and thank you for being a life changer!

Wishing you a peaceful Christmas
and a prosperous New Year