The Maidenhead Zombie Walk and Ball in October was hugely successful, so much so the organisers handed over
£1000 to local charity Number 22 Counselling Services on Sunday.
The not-for-profit event was run entirely by community based volunteers from the Rotary Club of Maidenhead Bridge, Maidenhead Live, and Maidenhead Round Table. It saw more than 200 zombies, with their clothes ripped and blood dripping from their rotting faces, limp and groan their way to the Town Hall through the Nicholsons Centre!
Shula Tajima, from Number 22 Counselling, joined members of Maidenhead Bridge Rotary Club and Vicky Lunt, Chief Zombie, at their club meeting to tell them more about how the money they raised would be used.
The charity, which has been running for 40 years, supports many local people by providing free counselling services. Since the charity was formed they have supported more than 18,000 people, volunteers have given up more than 70,000 hours of their time and they have worked with 318 counsellors.
Currently they have 110 counsellors that give up 6 hours of their time per week completely free of charge to support people who need their help in the Windsor, Maidenhead and Slough areas.
Shula spoke with passion and thanked the club and Zombie Team, commenting “this money is going to make such a difference to us. A thousand pounds doesn’t seem much but to us that can support the work of 10 counsellors for a whole year; as well as enable us to train new counsellors so we can increase our services!”
Victoria Williams, President at Maidenhead Bridge Rotary Club member, commented “we are thrilled to be involved in this unique, quirky and fabulously fun event for the whole family. To be able to support such a great charity in Number 22 Counselling is amazing as they provide such incredibly important services in Maidenhead and the surrounding areas.”
Vicky Lunt, Zombie Walk organiser commented "'it was such a pleasure to meet Shula and hear about all the great counselling help Number 22 have been able to provide to young people in the area. It's amazing to think that thanks to the people who attended and helped put on the zombie walk last year, we've been able to help this great charity to support people this coming year!"