Earlier this week Bournemouth based charity, The Crumbs Project hosted a ceremony to rename its training facility in honour of the charities late founder Ann Gardner MBE. Loyal supporters, Trustees and close relatives of Anne joined the Crumbs Team as they celebrated her life by naming the central training room The Anne Gardner Suite.
Ann Gardner MBE, who died late last year, was instrumental in the founding of The Crumbs Project in 1997 and remained actively involved with the charity for the following 20 years. Anne was the driving force in establishing the charity which seeks to provide supported training services for adults with learning disabilities, mental health issues and stabilised addictions.
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With the generous support of Marks & Spencer’s outreach programme, the newly named Anne Gardner Suite has been transformed to create a welcoming, multi-functional space for trainees to learn new skills. The redecoration sensitively incorporates the journey of Crumbs from its modest beginnings, to the outstanding training centre it is today and depicts Anne’s infamous saying “from small acorns, mighty oaks grow.”
The Anne Gardner Suite will be a lasting memorial to her remarkable foresight and outstanding contribution to the charity. The suite provides a central space for Crumbs trainees and is also available to hire for multiple uses.
The Crumbs Project Chairman, Douglas Eyre said; “Anne was a truly inspirational woman whose vision and drive created a place for vulnerable adults to learn new skills and change their lives in a positive way. Her legacy continues to thrive, as we seek to enrol more trainees than ever before and whom will directly benefit from The Anne Gardner Suite.”