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Giving Something Back games room, which is the home to the marvellous Mike’s Den – a friendly and fun hang-out for adults, including those with disabilities.

Tucked away on the south side of Potter Street is the rather grand David Livingstone House. This is owned by Sanctuary Supported Living and provides housing and support for 19 adults with mild to moderate learning disabilities. To its rear is the David Livingstone Club, consisting of a hall, kitchen and

(Reg No: 1108811)

Started in 2005, BuildAid is a Harlowbased charity founded by a father and son team of Chartered Surveyors. It was set up with a very simple mission: to provide professional, permanent construction aid for people in need. In the 11 years since the founding of BuildAid, the impact of this work has reached over 400,000 aid recipients. In the aftermath of the Boxing Day Tsunami of 2004, Robert Muir and his son Ben were moved to use their construction

(Reg No: 2951374)

St Clare Hospice (Hastingwood) provides specialist palliative care for people living with terminal or life-limiting illnesses across the West Essex and East Herts border. It provides care for patients and their families, including physical, emotional, social, psychological and spiritual support, ensuring they have timely access to skilled, compassionate and sensitive care in a place of their choice.



Mike’s Den was founded by Harlow resident Neil Crouch and named after his good friend Mike Jackson – a teacher for children with learning disabilities, who sadly passed away in 2003. It is run entirely by Neil (who has physical limitations) and a loyal band of volunteers who give up their evenings, and often weekends, to help those less fortunate in the community. It is affiliated with PHAB England, a National charity which aims to integrate people with physical disabilities in the community.

experience to assist with the relief effort. After running a fundraising appeal they travelled to Sri Lanka where, over the next 2 years they helped to rebuild a devastated village and reconstruct 6 schools, benefiting the education of 8000 school children in the region. Using their design and construction knowledge, and using a volunteer network of built environment professionals, they were able to deliver buildings that maximised usefulness to the affected communities and made the best use of their supporters’ donations. This successful model was extended into ambitious projects in Nepal and Haiti – including the construction of schools, hospitals, orphanages and a comprehensive medical

The Hospices services are free of charge to those who need care but cost over £4million a year to run. With limited NHS funding, it need to fundraise the majority of this enormous amount through donations and other voluntary sources. The Hospice is very active in this area, organising a great many local fundraising events from coffee mornings and cycle rides, to black tie balls and bungee jumps.

Mike’s Den regularly hosts BBQs, Zumba evenings, Tribute acts, Discos, Quizzes and Bingo nights. It meets on a Wednesday evening, 7:30 to 9:30, and is open to everyone over the age of 16! If you’d like to find out more or are interested in visiting the Den contact Neil via the Facebook Page.

mikesdenharlow facility serving 10,000 people. Currently, BuildAid is reconstructing typhoondamaged classrooms and building a new orphanage facility for abandoned infants in the Philippines. Founding Trustee and Technical Director Robert Muir is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. He has extensive experience in development projects from Russia, through to Ethiopia and has delivered presentations to the UN on sustainable urbanisation. If you would like to find out more please visit, or contact them on

01279 443111

helping businesses to succeed over a sustainable period of time through dedicated partnership management.

It is also very pro-active with corporate partnership initiatives and has a Business Club, away from philanthropy and non-strategic donations.

For more information, contact our Communications Officer Rebecca Hedges on

This club is designed to bring vital annual funding for St Clare while also

01279 773752 or

07723 024865


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