Momentum awarded £2,000 for refurbishment project in Ashford and St Peter’s Paediatric Oncology Ward | The Hospital Saturday Fund awarded £2,000 cheque as a direct result of Momentum’s application last December as part of their on-going ‘Enhancing the Healing Environment’ work.    Zenaid Richards from the Hospital Saturday Fund presented the cheque to Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals’ Chairman, Aileen McLeish and patient Oscar Hesketh-Williamson.

 Chairman, Aileen McLeish said: “We are delighted to be collaborating with Momentum to enhance the healing environment for our young patients.  We are very thankful for the £2,000 from the Hospital Saturday Fund, which will go towards Momentum’s current project to improve the facilities in Little Oaks Ward that is likely to cost in the region of £50,000.  The improved facilities will include a chill out area for the patients, new bays for better privacy for patients and a small staff office for dealing with sensitive information and difficult phone calls.”

Momentum is the official charity for Little Oaks, which enables the hospital to improve the ‘healing environment’ for children with cancer or life limiting conditions.  Nikki Howard, Momentum’s Fundraising Team said: “Working in collaboration with Ashford and St Peter’s Little Oaks Ward, Momentum are making use of the ‘Enhancing Healing Environment’ campaign to do just that for the young patients in this ward.”

 Zenaid Richards from the Hospital Saturday Fund said: “We are extremely pleased to be able to donate this sum of money to such a great project that will be appreciated by so many young people who have had their stay in hospital brightened up by these improvements.”




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Seven times world snooker champion Stephen Hendry was the surprise guest who opened the St Francis Catholic Primary School fair on Sunday (June 28). Stephen then played snooker against some of the parents and pupils of the school to give them a truly memorable day.

He was joined at the fair by Councillor Eileen 'Dee' Quick, who has just been confirmed as the new mayor of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.

They were both welcomed to the school by Headteacher Mrs Jane Gow who said the school's pupils, parents and friends were hugely grateful to Stephen and the Mayoress for giving up their time to support the school. “The grey weather on Sunday couldn’t dampen the  enthusiastic reception for our guests and we all had a terrific day.”

As well as the chance to show off their snooker skills the guests at the fair also had the excitement of a bouncy castle, go-karts, a fire engine, disco and face-painting.

Scots born Stephen Hendry became the youngest professional snooker player in 1985 aged 16 and in 1990 he was the youngest-ever World Champion at the age of 21. He went on to win many major titles and was snooker’s world number one for eight consecutive years between 1990 and 1998 and again in 2006/2007. In May 2012 he retired from the sport to focus on his commercial interests but he remains a commentator for BBC snooker.

St Peter’s  Hospital will open a new Memory Café  at Guildford Road, Chertsey, KT16 0PZ, on  Wednesday 20th May 2015, 3 - 4pm at the  Medical Unit Seminar Room, Level 4 (Duchess of Kent Wing).


The new Memory Café offers informal support and advice for anyone worried about their loved one’s memory loss.  It is primarily aimed at supporting families and carers of patients suffering from memory loss (for example from dementia), who are staying in hospital.


The Café will be open once a month on designated days and is a brand new initiative to support those caring for a loved one with memory loss.

New ‘Kickback’ Book Parcels for Youngsters in Care

Young people from the Royal Borough who are in care will soon receive specially tailored book parcels thanks to a new initiative devised by people who used to be in the care system.


The Kickback Gives Back scheme launched on Tuesday 23 June and replaces the Letterbox books for children in care scheme that ran for 11-19 year olds.


The new scheme will see book parcels sent to children in care that take into account an individuals’ interests and reading age instead of the child receiving a standard parcel of books for their sex and age. The book parcels are addressed to the child personally. This new scheme will now provide books from birth-19 years.


This idea came from Kickback, the children in care council for the Royal Borough, and the Positive Activities for Children in Care Group.


Read more: .New ‘Kickback’ Book Parcels for Youngsters in Care

Windsor ABC Bicycle Greenway  A petition has been launched to  ask The Crown Estate to permit access for a cycle route through their land, to create a Greenway Leisure route from Crowthorne through to Windsor via Ascot.

As the biggest landowners in the area, the petition urges the Crown Estate to provide a safe cycle route through their land, for families and children wishing to cycle from Windsor Castle to Ascot, Bracknell (The Lookout) and Crowthorne (Windsor ABC).


The petitioners feel this is important as there is currently no safe link for leisure cyclists who would like to travel between the towns of Windsor, Ascot, Bracknell and Crowthorne. It is also also quite difficult to get from Windsor to Ascot via public transport.
The Windsor ABC Bicycle Greenway would provide safe routes for new cyclists to use in the local area. It would encourage families and leisure cyclists to get outside and enjoy their community.
In addition school students need safer cycle routes to and from school. Schools adjacent to Windsor ABC Bicycle Greenway could reduce traffic congestion by incorporating the Greenway into their school cycle routes.
The Windsor ABC Bicycle Greenway will enhance cycle safety, reduce local congestion, protect local biodiversity and support local businesses. To sign CLICK ON THE PETITION.

Click on the photo to enlarge it  Evie of Ascot  ::  Scoliosis Operation Appeal    Evie is 13 years old girl (left in the picture), living in Ascot, attending the Marist School in Sunninghill. Last year she was diagnosed with severe scoliosis of the spine. She urgently needs a specialist operation that can only be performed in America and the operation will cost over £150,000.
Evie's friends have launched a campaign to raise as much money as  they can, to pay for the operation. You can help by making a donation a .   An amazing £6,700 has been raised in the first week!.. And keep a look out for local, fundraising cake sales and other events! Watch this space !

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