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Thames Hospice  


Pictured: Rosemarie Ford Congratulates 30 Year Award Recipient

As part of National Volunteers’ Week, more than 170 Thames Hospice volunteers enjoyed a special afternoon tea hosted at Royal Ascot Racecourse on Tuesday 4th June 2019 to celebrate their enormous contribution to the charity. In just one year, the charity’s 650 volunteers contributed a staggering 80,742 hours of their time to the Hospice.

Much-loved singer, dancer and TV presenter Rosemarie Ford awarded long-service badges to many volunteers who have given their time to the Hospice for 10, 15, 25 and even 30 years.

Katherine Leach, Head of Volunteering at Thames Hospice, said:Our annual Volunteers’ Afternoon Tea is just a small token of thanks for the incredible support volunteers offer to Thames Hospice. Our 650-strong army of volunteers make an enormous contribution to our success and we always look forward to bringing them together at this event to say a huge thank you.

“A special thank you must also be extended to Ascot Racecourse for kindly providing the venue free of charge and their support throughout the event.”

Afternoon tea was served from 2pm, and magician Mike Stoner entertained the audience before speeches from Thames Hospice CEO Debbie Raven, Thames Hospice Chair of Trustees Jonathan Jones and special guest Rosemarie Ford.

To find out more about volunteering for Thames Hospice, visit


Read more: TV Star Rosemarie Ford Awards Local Hospice Volunteers 


Ascot and Official Partner QIPCO today announce a three-year digital content series following eight foals born at Tweenhills Farm.

The objective of the Follow The Foals series is to showcase the journey from birth to becoming a racehorse and the people behind the scenes that make it happen.

 The first video can be found here.:


Located at Hartpury in Gloucestershire on prime stock-rearing land, Tweenhills, the Redvers' family home, covers approximately 750 acres of the finest English pasture with its paddocks and surrounding farms afforded natural shelter by ancient hedgerows and magnificent oak trees. Home to Qatar Racing stallions, a subsidiary of QIPCO, as well as the majority of the operation's band of broodmares and young stock, Tweenhills has established a reputation as an outstanding stallion station and farm.

 The eight foals, some of which may end up running for Qatar Racing or going through the sales ring, are:.....

Read more: Ascot & Qipco Launch 'Follow the Foals'

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Sebastian's Action Trust - Volunteers’ Week   is a great opportunity for us to say a huge thank you to all of our volunteers who kindly give their time to our cause throughout the year.

The contribution made by our volunteers, both directly with our families and indirectly through fundraising and administration, is at the heart of the Trust.

Sebastian’s Action Trust is extremely fortunate to have more than 170 volunteers who give their time selflessly to help others and raise vital funds.


Read more: Sebastian's Action Trust | Volunteers Week | June 1st to 7th   E-mail


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Sponsor a Child For Christmas in July

Sebastian’s Action Trust is inviting businesses, schools, community groups and individuals to sponsor a child to attend Christmas in July - our most popular event of the year.

More than 450 families of seriously-ill children and young people are due to attend this year’s event, which is taking place at the prestigious Ascot Racecourse in Berkshire.

Every year, in the weeks leading up to our Christmas in July party, we encourage people to get into the Christmas spirit and organise fundraising activities to help us make the event a fantastic day for our families to remember and cherish.


Read more: Sebastian's Action Trust | Sponsor a Child For Christmas in July!

In a move that will see the Royal Borough have some of quickest response times to fixing potholes in Berkshire and other neighbouring counties, Cabinet has approved a new policy to fix all reported potholes over 40mm deep within 24 working hours regardless of category of road.

The new pothole scheme, due to launch on 1 September 2019, forms part of a series of commitments to improve highways across the Royal Borough and will see all reported potholes over 40mm deep on roads and over 25mm deep on footways fixed within 24 hours regardless of which type of road or path it is located on. Currently, only potholes over 40mm deep on high speed or strategic routes or potholes over 25mm in town centre locations have to be fixed within 24 hours.

Cllr Andrew Johnson, lead member for infrastructure, transport policy and housing said:

Read more: Royal Borough First in Berkshire to Fix all Reported Potholes Within 24 Working Hours