Do you have some spare time to volunteer for a good cause or just unwanted items you would like to give to charity? The Ascot Fundraising Group for Thames Hospicecare would like to hear from you: -
Can you donate second hand books for a book stall? Stand with a fundraising tin for an hour? Come up with some questions for a quiz night? Run a stall or event of your own with a percentage of proceeds to THc? Donate clothes or unwanted items to our Sunninghill shop? Knit an xmas pudding (pattern provided)? Help to promote one of our events? Email us with a fundraising idea...
The Ascot Charitable Trust raises huge amounts of money for local and national charities, mainly with the Annual ACT Ball. Visit the ACT website at www.ascotcharitabletrust.org.uk
The Ascot Charity Ball at Ascot Racecourse 2008
The Ascot Charitable Trust, together with patrons Ray & Lisalynn Bowdery, recently held a ‘cheque presentation’ luncheon at The Berystede Hotel in order to donate the proceeds from their annual Ascot Charity Ball to five delighted beneficiaries.
(Above) Nicky Pardo, Alan Carr, Anne Hoddle, Rebecca Smith of the NSPCC, Lisalynn and Rae Bowdery, Ronnie Wilkie and Sayonara Luxton and the £25,000 cheque for the NSPCC
The Chavey Down Residents Association is open to all residents of Chavey Down, organises socials, campaigns on village issues and organises outings for village senior citizens. Contact Ruth Timbrell on 01344 882068
CDA 50th AGM
Click on the photos to enlarge them The Chavey Down Asociation held their 50th AGM on Friday 27th April 2013. Approx 70 members including former committee members and founder members were present. Jacquie Lovell the Chairman gave an excellent report and was voted in for a further term as was the vice Chairman Colin Yates. Adrian Hoare once again was elected Tresaurer and Ruth Timbrell Secretary. Tracey Green Newsletter editor. the remaining committee voted in en bloc. On display was an exhibition of local material by Ruth Timbrell including billheads of village traders, outings, parties, Ascot Priory and many photographs. Among the maps displayed was the 1890/5 map of the Great Western Railway which was planned to run from the Great Western Station in Windsor to Ascot. This involved compulsory purchase of property and land and it is quite possible that bearing in mind how long this would take the Great War would have stopped all such enterprises, although some work did start in Winkfield at the rear of Locks Ride. The evening ending with a cheese and wine party.
Thames Hospicecare (THc) (based in Ascot and Windsor) is celebrating its 25th anniversary, with the launch of a new Hospice-at-Home service. An extra £315,000 will be needed and the Hospice at Home Appeal was launched by its Patron - Ascot’s Lady Catherine Stevenson, former High Sheriff of Berkshire (pictured) , on Friday March 30th 2012. The Appeal has already attracted match funding from a local benefactor and is off to a flying start with a generous donation.
Thames Hopsicecare (THc) want to keep patients at the heart of their service , supporting people to die in the place of their choice, whenever possible. Hospice at Home aims to employ three specialist nurses, providing care and support all day all year. The target is to do this for 120 patients at home by the end of 2012/13 , rising to 200 by the end of 2014/15. Chief Executive, Jacqueline Clark said: “This is taking out into the community , everything we are known for doing here at the Hospice”. THc already cares for around 1,000 people a year.
Lady Stevenson said: “Thanks to medical advances over the last few decades, people are living longer with terminal illnesses . But this presents us with a new challenge – ensuring there are resources to support people effectively during this time. I’m in no doubt about the important role of Thames Hospicecare plays in the area and am delighted to be Patron of their new appeal. I hope you will get behind it and support this absolutely vital community service.” Lady Stevenson then officially launched the Appeal with a substantial donation of her own!
Ascot Neighbourhood Watch Association, the umbrella body in the area including those parts of North Ascot in Bracknell Forest, takes part in various crime prevention initiatives, offers members security devices at huge discounts, holds quarterly meetings at which local police report to the community and guest speakers talk on various crime issues. The Association also publishes a quarterly four-page newsletter with all the latest crime prevention news and advice
SPAE, the Society for the Protection of Ascot and Environment, campaigns against too much development in the Ascot area. Too many luxury flats being built ? Too many trees being cut down ? Do something about it - join SPAE. SPAE has been heavily involved in preparation of the Ascot & Sunnings Neighbourhood Plan. Full details are at www.spae.org or call SPAE chairman, Patrick Griffin on 01344 620375.
Thames Hospicecare, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2012, is kept running by 560 volunteers and 120 paid staff. Only 20% of funding comes from the NHS, meaning that the Hospice relies constantly on the very generous local community and hard-working fundraisers, to find £4million (plus the new £315,000). Every year, £500,000 is donated in legacies and there are 12 local fundraising groups (CLICK on this link for information on our Ascot branch) .
Thames Hospicecare staff and volunteers work tirelessly, organising fundraisers .
The Hospice Shops, including the one in Sunninghill High Street, raise hundreds of thousands of pounds. The new Really Me vintage shop (CLICK on this link), in Windsor’s Peascod Street, has been so successfully, part of the Maidenhead shop is to be transformed into ‘Marry Me’ – (watch this space)
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