Hidden Needs Trust 2020

Exciting news – As of January 7th 2020 Hidden Needs Trust is a registered charity.

Since 2015 HNT has been working under the Somerset Community Foundation banner but, as HNT moves forward becoming a charity in it’s own right was a natural step.

HNT wishes to thank Somerset Community Foundation for their help and support over recent years.

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Eric’s 50km Run in the Netherlands

November Update on Eric Jager’s “Run Van Winschoten”: Eric donated a brilliant £481 to HNT as well as another brilliant  donation to the Ruach Foundation in Nicaragua which he and wife Rosaleen support.  Amazing work Eric. Thank you so much.  Guess what? Eric aims to go one better next year…Look out for news on this next summer.

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Eric presenting cheque to Rachel

Sherborne based Fund Raiser and HNT supporter Eric Jager returned to his home town in the Netherlands on Sept 14th to take part in the 50km “Run van Winschoten”. “Stats”

Below is his brief report but, do see his full story and photos “Here”

Please do help Eric support his excellent cause by going to “Global Giving” and Donating.


Dear everybody,
Attached is a ‘picturesque’ brief report of my 50 km in the Run van Winschoten, officially my 3rd run in support of the Ruach Foundation in Nicaragua. My wife Rosaleen and I have been supporting this community home for intellectually disabled adults ever since its start at the end of 2015.
It was a great event and for me personally extra special as I ran in my town of birth cheered on by many relatives from 3 generations who were standing in front of my former parental home. It was a long slog, I was the oldest person running the 50 km, and I finished in 4 hours and 47 minutes.
To reassure you(!) the attached story of the day in English has many pictures and very short texts.

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Waitrose Community Matters

HNT is thrilled to be supported again this year by the “Waitrose Community Matters” program, especially during this year as Waitrose celebrates 10 years of supporting local communities.  Following support earlier this from the Dorchester and Poundbury stores, this month HNT will be included in the Community Matters program at the Sherborne store.

Throughout June when shopping at Waitrose Sherborne please remember to pick up the green tokens and drop them in HNT bin!  This will help HNT continue supporting SEN children, all funds raised will go to help SEN children and their families.



News Round Up

Just prior to the end of my time in the HNT shop at The Quedam, Yeovil, I decided to do another physical challenge…this time outside the shop supported by Abbey 104 who came along doing a show live. I was so grateful as I certainly needed music to get me through 4 hours in my sports wheelchair!

People passing were so kind…over £270 was collected and there was much interest in HNT. A huge thank you to all! People were guessing how, any miles I would do in the time…the winner from Dorchester who now has a fantastic meal for two at The Grange, Oborne. I gather she is staying with her husband for a treat too!

144.05 miles completed in 4 hours and far harder than I had expected, but well worth doing.

The presentation to the winner of the painting was also done…the winner being a young lad from Yeovil! Well done Max…I gather it is on your bedroom wall!

The end of the shop…so sad to go as I made such great friends….a massive thank you to The Quedam staff who were so lovely, helpful and great fun to work with. I do hope to be asked back later in the year to have a hub/drop in centre for people to access, and to put on workshops for anyone with an SEN connection. Already I have a number of workshops in mind, drawing in my years of training as a therapist and tutor but now voluntarily using skills for the benefit of HNT.
I also hope to bring along students for work experience so do get in touch if you know of anyone who may be interested…mainstream or SEN.

The very latest event…Pete and I had a stand at The Dorset Knob Festival…typically another great day as always there. Lovely to meet stallholders that I know now for other events. A massive Tombola was set up with a prize every time so that lots of children in particular went away with some lovely prizes.
Again, great connections made and I have another invite to attend an event in Weymouth in July with a stand etc to raise funds for HNT

So…a few days to catch up with website pages…particularly the front page!

Lots of photos coming from The Quedam shop, the wheelchair challenge and more so keep a look out.