Sharma attends Christmas Fayre at Alana House

Alok Sharma, the Member of Parliament for Reading West, and his younger daughter Charlotta, on Saturday 8th December 2012, attended a Christmas Fayre organised by charity, Parents and Children Together (PACT) at Alana House.

Alana House is a PACT-run community project that addresses the needs of women already involved, or at risk of becoming involved, with the criminal justice system. PACT’s Alana House in Reading works with the Ministry of Justice to help identify vulnerable women across the town and in particular, works to address issues that can lead to re-offending.

On offer at the fayre were a number of craft stalls selling festive homemade gifts and cards, a bake sale, a raffle and there was an opportunity to meet Father Christmas.

Alok Sharma said: “Alana House, run by the Parents and Children Together charity, does some very important work to help turn around the lives of vulnerable women living in Reading. I was very pleased to turn out to support the charity at their Christmas fayre and look forward to seeing how I can work with them again in the future.”

Alana House Manager Francine Asonibare said: “At Alana House we provide vulnerable women with motivation, support and encouragement to turn around their lives that typically involve multiple social problems including a cycle of low level criminal behaviour. Our Christmas Fair was a great success and we are delighted that Alok and Charlotta were able to join in the fun and support our work.”

Francine Asonibare continued: “We work with 19 other agencies in Reading and West Berkshire to help more than 300 women a year. To enable us to continue our vital work we need to attract funding for April 2013 onwards and would urge any organisations who can help us achieve this to get in touch.”

Photo: Charlotta Sharma making her Christmas wish, Santa, Alok Sharma, Emma Beischer (Support Worker at Alana House), Francine Asonibare (Alana House Manager)

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