A happy new year for CHAC

It’s a happy new year at CHAC as we’re delighted to announce that RG Hills Charitable Trust has very generously donated £2,500 to allow CHAC to continue offering our services in the Canterbury district.

But if that wasn’t enough good news, we also received news that the Access to Justice Foundation has granted us £10,000 starting from January 2019 to help local people threatened with homelessness.

This funding is crucial to keeping CHAC open and providing advice to some of the most vulnerable in the Canterbury district. We’ve very grateful to both organisations.

Charity wine tasting raises £565 for CHAC

A charity wine tasting event held at Whitstable Castle on 6 December raised £565 for CHAC. The event was organised by CHAC trustee Peter Ash and was hosted by Henry Rymill, formerly of Tankerton Wine Room and now of ‘Wine Underground’.


Tasters tried 8 different wines from around the world, including a sparkling wine from Haywards Heath, a Chablis and a New Zealand pinot noir. The generous tasters also bought up raffle tickets, prizes for which included £150 of high street vouchers, kindly donated by Martin Blackley; a beautiful print of Whitstable beach huts from Light & Imagination, specialists in photography; a voucher from Annie’s Bistro, a new bistro in Whitstable; a back massage from Pure; cocktails from Rock Lodge; bottled cider from Biddendens; and donations from trustees of CHAC.

The evening also included a ‘mystery wine’ round where tasters were invited to ‘pay to play’ a game of blind tasting, which CHAC chair Nick Piška won by identifying the Australian Shiraz from South Australia. This was the second wine tasting hosted by Henry for the benefit of CHAC, following a great event in May 2018.

Organiser Peter Ash said:

Christmas is a busy and expensive time for most people so it was really good of everyone who turned up to support the event. We also had great support for the raffle from individuals and local businesses. Henry hosted an evening that everyone really enjoyed with some great wines and fabulous English cheeses and even more important than the fun we had was that we raised £565 for CHAC, thanks again for all those who supported the event.

CHAC would like to thank all those who attended and those who donated prizes to the raffle, and especially Henry for hosting another great night. The money raised contributes to CHAC’s work preventing homelessness.

If you’d like to know more about Wine Underground or be added to its mailing list, please contact Henry Rymill on henry@hlrymill.co.uk.

Annual Report 2017-18 published

On Monday our AGM approved the annual report for financial year 2017-2018, which is now available here.

While it was a tough year financially, it ended with the start of a new partnership with Canterbury Citizens Advice. However, despite an excellent year of fundraising, exceeding our target, we again entered the next financial year needing to raise a significant sum in order to continue providing increasingly needed housing advice in the Canterbury area.

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New CHAC website launched!


We’re delighted to welcome you to our new website. It provides information for clients on how, where and when they can get our help, and information for funders and the general public on the work we do and how to support CHAC. It includes information on the trustees and pages of ‘case studies’ which are indicative of the work CHAC does. We’re now working on a new ‘facts and figures’ page which will provide information on the housing and homelessness situation in Canterbury, which we intend to update at regular intervals and hope it will become an essential resource for understanding housing and homelessness in the area.

We’d like to thank Kent IT Consultancy (KITC) for their work, support and training in designing the new website and getting it launched - in particular Ben Williams, Hubert Dziedziczak, Sean Patterson, James Gander and Jason Marshall. This work was provided pro-bono, for which we are extremely grateful.

Nick Jackson and the 50km bike ride

Well done to Nick Jackson on cycling from Whitstable to Ramsgate. Nick was joined by Richard and Peter and the cyclists enjoyed marvellous weather for the bike ride along the wonderful North Kent Coast. Nick ‘pre-loaded’ with 8km of cycling around Whitstable to ensure he topped the 50km mark. Well done!

Nick has so far raised £250 - and if you haven’t donated yet, it’s not too late - you can still donate here: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/NickJackson15 (Don’t forget you can Gift Aid your donation too!)