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Royal recognition for St Mary's charities
From L-R, Sue Oldham, Tom Guest, Rebecca Mitchell & Darren Mitchell

On Wednesday 15th May, two charity workers from St Mary’s Church in Leamington Spa attended a Queen’s Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in recognition for their outstanding commitment to the community projects which they manage.

Sue Oldham and Darren Mitchell manage separate charities at St Mary’s Church as well as being active members of the church community. Sue is the manager of Pathway Ministries. Pathway is a one-to-one mentoring programme that helps people with unstable lifestyles, primarily but not exclusively related to drug & alcohol abuse and/or offending behaviour, to overcome the difficulties from their past and begin a new life. The programme offers highly personalised support through mentoring over a period of 12 to 18 months, with the aim of a full recovery and a move to a stable lifestyle. Pathway also runs ‘Celebrate Recovery’, an international 12 step programme for those struggling with hurts, hang-ups and habits. A Community Café with free food and company for all is held every Wednesday from 1 to 3pm.

Commenting on her time at the Queen’s Garden Party, Sue said:

“It was such a great honour to be invited and to be able to take one of our Pathway graduates with us”

Darren Mitchell is St Mary’s Christians Against Poverty centre manager. Christians Against Poverty (CAP) is an award winning international debt counselling charity that delivers high quality debt advice and support for anyone who is in debt. CAP is free and aims to help anyone regardless of their religious beliefs. They offer a wide range of services, releasing clients from the pressure of debt through a combination of advice, financial education, budgeting and insolvency services.

Darren was surprised to be invited to the Queen’s Garden Party, he said:

“This is not the sort of thing you plan to do in your life, so it came as a privilege and a great blessing”

For more information about the projects contact St Mary’s Church on 01926 778505.

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