Dinner at the Clink, Brixton Prison
Our fundraising event on 5th July 2018 at the Clink, Brixton Prison was a brilliant success. We invited some key potential funders and everybody was surprised by the unexpected and un-prison like restaurant atmosphere, except of course for small practical restrictions with no alcohol allowed, not being able to bring anything into the restaurant and having to be escorted in and out of the prison in small groups.
Inspirational speakers and entertainment
One of the main speakers for the evening was Carl Elliott. Carl was supported in prison a number of years ago by Enterprise Exchange and is inspirational in that he left prison and is now running three very successful businesses. He illustrated to the potential funders how extremely vital a service like Restart is to someone in his position. His speech was inspirational and it was moving to see the changes somebody can make in their lives when given the right support.
The rest of the evening was filled with singing from a male acapella choir, joined by the bar tenders who clearly also had a passion and talent for singing and a quiz based on questions around the number of people in prison, how many get jobs and how many reoffend. This became quite a talking point as lots of the figures were shocking even to some in the know. Two attendees, Carl and Jason stood up and talked about how the support they had received from Enterprise Exchange had helped them in their lives and without it they would probably not be here.
The food was excellent and of a very high standard and there was a huge round of applause at the end for the ten large amount of offenders who cooked and served the meal.
At the end we were all escorted out of prison and picked up our belongings, inspired and moved to be part of a compassionate and supportive organisation where there is a place for everybody no matter what they may have been compelled to do or believe they are capable of. Those with the most challenging backgrounds in life are often the most inspirational.