Entries by Paul Luper


We have benefitted greatly from being one of Didcot Mayor Axel MacDonald’s chosen ‘Charity of the Year’.  We are grateful to both him and his wife for all their support for Balsam Family Project over the past year.


The Sponsored Swim at the Didcot Wave Leisure Pool in February raised over £650 and was a great opportunity for families to be actively involved in fundraising while having fun together.


Our volunteers raised a magnificent £655.33 by assisting customers with their bag-packing at Sainsburys, Didcot last Saturday.  Included in this total is £39.88 raised by the “Balsam Buskers”, Polly and Jesse who played and sang in the store entrance, adding a welcome musical dimension to the day.   A big THANKYOU to all our volunteers, […]

Balsam at Soul in Didcot

    Social Action Days:  during the week Christians from Churches Together Didcot and District will be working for the community on various projects: whether its painting fences, cleaning or gardening, the focus is on working together to serve the community. Community Fun Afternoon:  on Sunday 27th 2-6pm, this is a free afternoon for all ages: […]

A great day with Soul-in-Didcot

After a week of working hard in the community Didcot & district churches came together on Sunday 27th July to put on a fantastic event for all ages. There was free food, sports, drama, music, craft activities, and spaces for chatting and for prayer. We were very pleased to be a part of the day […]

Didcot Summer Fayre

      On the 19th July we joined with local charity and community groups at the Didcot Summer Fayre to raise awareness about our work and serve the local community.  We had an amazing Face-paint artist at our stall, Teresa, who worked extremely hard all day and proved very popular! We were able to […]


The National Citizen Service is a government initiative for young people aged 16 and 17 to work together on a social action project in their community and build skills for work and life. This year Didcot NCS chose to support Balsam Family Project! After a week of busily planning their activities they took to the […]

Summer Graduation

The sun came out for a wonderful summer BBQ and college graduation this year. Children had great fun on the bouncy castle, face painting and making sparkly summer pictures. There was space to play and chat outside and plenty of food to enjoy.  We were happy to welcome Mayor Scott Wilgrove to join us and […]


Balsam Family Project has won a prestigious Business & Community Award (BACAs) at  a recent gala event at Cornerstone put on by Didcot First.  Alex Walker, Roxy Thorp and Sadie Gibbons represented Balsam on the night and were presented with the “Community New Partnerships and Collaborations” Award by their category judge Peter Miller-Smith, Chair of Board at Soha […]

Balsam and a Musical Extravaganza!

Balsam was privileged to be invited to Mr. Coull’s Musical Extravaganza at the Cornerstone in Didcot on 22nd May. Phillip Coull is a local music teacher who is well loved by his pupils and puts on a yearly recital for his students to show their progress.  This year he chose to support Balsam at the […]