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Local Businesses Support Nasio Trust

Five local businesses have rallied round to support the Nasio Trust by sponsoring Sculpture in the Vineyard
The success of the Trust has not gone unnoticed...

The strap line of Oxfordshire-based Nasio Trust, “changing lives for good”, reflects the way it transforms the prospects of countless individuals – both in Kenya and the UK.


In Kenya, the charity supports orphaned and vulnerable children with daily meals, education, medical care and support, while in the UK it runs a volunteer programme offering life-changing opportunities to young people.

Sculpture in the Vineyard, based at Bothy Vineyard, Frilford Heath OX13 6QW, will raise funds for the Nasio Trust UK Exit 7 programme.

UK Exit 7 young people’s programme was originally developed to help young people who were drifting into antisocial behaviour.

Having seen the transformative effect of volunteering at its day centres Oxfordshire police, the army and schools now work with the charity. UK Exit 7 offers young people the opportunity to turn their lives around through positive activities and fundraising, culminating in volunteering in Kenya.

“This is life-changing for them as well, and the experience shapes their futures positively,” says Nancy Hunt, Director of the Nasio Trust. A key aspect of the Nasio Trust, she points out, is that it interweaves its work in improving people’s prospects at home and abroad. The two-way relationship enhances both communities.

The success of the Trust has not gone unnoticed – Nancy Hunt, was recently voted Inspirational Woman of the Year at the national Venus awards.

By sponsoring Sculpture in the Vineyard, Expert Wealth Management, Slade Legal, Ridgeway Land Rover, David Carden Interior Design and Susan Dunstall Landscape Design are playing a key role in this ambitious artistic social enterprise.

Sculpture in the Vineyard kicks off on the 23 May and will run for two weeks till 7 June. The 250 pieces of art on display in the vineyard and winery are produced by over 35 highly professional UK artists.

However, the running of the exhibition is heavily dependant on volunteers drawn from the local community. Bothy Vineyard’s owners and volunteers, normally more used pruning and harvesting grapes, will be baking and serving refreshments, as will supporters of the Nasio Trust. Nasio Trust teenagers will also be helping with car-parking and welcoming the public.

Nancy Hunt says, “The Nasio Trust is delighted to be part of this artistic venture, right on our doorstep here in Abingdon”.


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