They say that good things come to those who wait and, on this occasion, I have to agree!
Last Tuesday One25 hosted our first big event since 2018. It wasn’t until I was stood in the space that it really struck me how long we’ve been waiting to gather together again. The room was set with twinkling lights, discovery stalls and speeches at the ready. Then we were off…
It was amazing to see so many people. As I looked around the room, I saw eager faces and lots of hugs. The bubble of conversations as people enjoyed a drink and some tasty treats with a lot of homemade cake. So many smiles.
It was an honour to listen to our Founder Val speak about ‘Becoming One25’ and read from her book, Broken By Love. Our CEO Jen shared thoughts on the past year and a little about our plans for the future. I was struck by the central themes of love and hope, so key to making One25 what it is.
Julia Loveless performed the beautiful song ‘Rise Up’ and later we had our own chance to sing our hearts out as Lu Cook led us in an acapella medley of ‘Lean On Me’ and ‘(Something Inside) So Strong’ – two songs that were special to women who used our Peony service. We were in good voice!
We launched our Christmas appeal and were delighted to see so many people busy donating on their phones throughout the night – thank you one and all.
As the evening drew to a close, people headed into the night holding origami hearts made by One25 staff. They were inspired by a woman who used our services years ago and got back in touch last month. She wrote:
"I will always be grateful to One25 in my worst time. I hold you all close to my heart."- Frances
We could think of no better way to remember the evening, and the women we exist for, than a heart.
I was once again overwhelmed by the love and support of the One25 community. Whether you’ve supported since the very beginning or heard about One25 for the first time, you all made it a very special night. Thank you.
One25 only exists because of the incredible supporters who give their time, skills and money to make this work possible.
Images by Sam Cavender (@samsnapsalot)