At the end of 2018, Belinda Southwell stepped down from the role of Chair after 7 successful years. Angela Hughes, who supported Belinda in founding the charity in 2011 and has been a trustees since then, was appointed Chair in November 2018. Belinda has remained on the board of Trustees.
Our most ambitious project to date, we are working to raise £500k to build an all-weather sports pitch in HMP Erlestoke. Such a facility would not only provide real benefit to the prisoners, but also to staff, especially in the building of relationships. It would provide access to a broad range of sports activities and opportunities to achieve sport/lifestyle qualifications. Over £80k had been pledged or donated so far. If you would like to support our appeal, please click [here.](https://www.friendsoferlestokeprison.com/donate.html)
Thank you to all our friends and supporters who joined us at [Fonthill House and Garden](https://www.fonthill.co.uk) on Sunday the 3rd June. The weather was fabulous and we hope that you all enjoyed the stunning gardens, refreshments and stalls. We were delighted to raise just over £4,600!
We are pleased to announce that the Friends have been given an award from the High Sheriff of Wiltshire to recognise the services of our volunteers in the area of criminal justice. We have been awarded a grant of £500 to support our ongoing work with prisoners and their families.