Tessa Munt MP’s Charity Westminster Tour

Our patron Tessa Munt MP has done her own write up in support of Somewhere House Somerset.

To read her story of our recent trip to The House of Commons click on this link to her website.

Tessa said, “Somewhere House Somerset are fantastic and I’ve seen how they work tirelessly to help many people get back on their feet. I am proud to be a patron for this local charity and it was wonderful to have them up here to visit Westminster.” Tessa Munt, 30th May 2013

Lewis’ London Experience

Just over 18 months ago I was sitting in my flat doing all in my power, and repeatedly failing, to not swallow copious amounts of vodka, wine, beer and any other form of alcohol I could afford. It is startling to think that a year and half later I am invited by our local MP to the Houses of Parliament, where I am greeted with a hug and the words ‘fabulous poetry,’ referring to the successful poetry evening held by Blue Sky Arts, the group I have set up for recovering addicts.


Tessa Munt, our patron and MP for Burnham-On-Sea, met the 7 of us at Portcullis House and we sat down for coffee and a chat, before she was whisked off to one of the many appointments in her busy day. She left us in capable hands and we were taken on a guided tour of Parliament, culminating in us sitting in the gallery in the House of Commons, listening in on a debate on petrol prices.


It was a fascinating experience and we learnt many fun facts along the way. Like, did you know our monarch is technically not allowed to wander into the Houses of Parliament due to Charles I impromptu arrival to arrest 5 MPs (one of the precursors to the Civil War)? Well, we didn’t.


Afterwards we took a pleasant stroll down the South Bank, stopping for oodles of noodles and chopstick fun at Wagamama’s, before the journey home. I felt proud to be a representative of the charity.

Westminster Visit

We have been at the Houses of Parliament today after being invited along by our patron Tessa Munt MP.


Volunteers from Somewhere House Somerset visited Westminster for the day to raise awareness for the charity.


Left to Right: Max, Ellen, Dylan, Lewis, Victoria B, Vicky, Sue

We’ll be publishing a full article about the visit very soon.

Shop through ‘Easy Fundraising’ to raise funds for Somewhere House Somerset

Somewhere House Somerset has an ‘Easy Fundraising‘ account set up and so far we’ve received £14.72 thanks to people supporting our charity.

To help raise funds for Somewhere House Somerset simply create an account (using us as your chosen charity) and then shop as usual. It works in a similar way to many other loyalty shopping sites, but instead of earning points when you shop,you raise a donation for charity instead. It’s as simple as that!

You can shop with over 2,000 well known stores and each they donate up to 20% of what you spend. For example, John Lewis will donate 1%, Amazon 1.5%, The Body Shop 6%, some insurance retailers will even donate up to £30 simply for taking out a policy with them!

They have hundreds of shops linked including, eBay, Dunelm Mill, Amazon, John Lewis, House of Fraser, Marks & Spencer, Glasses Direct, BooHoo.com, Simply Be and many more.

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Max’s Mendip and Somerset Training

Max is still hard at work in preparation for the Nightrider 2013 challenge. Today’s intensive training includes a riding 43 miles through Mendip and the Somerset levels. Including the incline of Cheddar gorge.


Don’t forget to click on the ‘sponsor us ‘link to sponsor him or follow this link to donate via every click.

Max’s Nightrider Training

Nightrider is a unique 100km moonlit bike ride past London’s iconic landmarks including Tower Bridge, a deserted City of London, Canary Wharf, London Zoo, Piccadilly Circus, British Museum, London Eye, Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square and much much more…

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Our very own Max has entered and will be raising funds for our charity. He is currently training hard on the slopes of Exmoor in preparation for the cycle ride next month!


If you want to sponsor max you can donate through our ‘every click‘ account or ask one of our volunteers for a sponsor form.


Please spread the word, this is an inspiring way for max to raise money for Somewhere House. We’ll keep you updated of his training through our Facebook and Twitter feeds and remind you all to cheer him on and keep pedaling on the 8-9th June!