Calling all local businesses – batter it out on Broad Street at Launchpad’s Pancake Race!

31 January 2020

Our annual Pancake Race will take place on Shrove Tuesday, 25 February 2020 and we are inviting local businesses to batter it out at this egg-citing lunchtime event – all to raise vital funds to open the town’s first work and life skills centre.

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Launchpad calls on local community for help to raise £80,000 and open Reading’s first work and life skills centre

18 December 2019

In celebration of the Launchpad’s 40th birthday, we are asking for the local community to help raise £80,000 to open Reading’s first work and life skills centre – so vulnerable people can leave homelessness behind for good.

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A record amount raised at Carols by Candlelight 2019

10 December 2019

A total of 700 people attended Launchpad’s sold-out annual carol service, Carols by Candlelight, at the Reading Minster on Thursday 5 December 2019 – and the event raised a record £10,800 for the homelessness prevention charity.

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“More rain, heavier this time. It sounds very loudly in my ear as it falls on the tarpaulin which I’ve pulled over my head.”

06 November 2019

Big Sleep Out participant, Michele, gives an honest account of a night spent sleeping in the grounds of Reading Abbey Ruins last month. 

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A record £60k raised at Big Sleep Out

15 October 2019

A total of 150 people took part in our Big Sleep Out at Reading Abbey Ruins on World Homeless Day (Thursday 10 October) and raised a huge £60,000 – a record fundraising total for the event.

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Brave souls take the leap for Launchpad

19 September 2019

A team of brave souls took the leap to freefall from 10,000ft in August and September and raised a huge £5,853 for Launchpad.

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Launchpad receives £2,500 as Mayor’s Charity of the Year

18 September 2019

Cllr Debs Edwards, Reading’s Mayor during 2018-19, presented cheques to her chosen charities on Tuesday 10 September – and Launchpad received almost £2,500. During her Mayoral year, Cllr Debs Edwards fundraised £9,861.82  which was equally split between her chosen charities – Launchpad Reading, YMCA Reading, Berkshire West Your Way and Berkshire Womens’ Aid.

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