Charity

WOKING Mind, this year celebrating its 40th anniversary, has elected former Mayor of Woking Will Forster as its new president

His new role was formerly confirmed at Woking Mind’s annual general meeting on 12 June when Will attended along with the new Mayor of Woking, Cllr Beryl Hunwicks, who both joined some of the trustees and service members to cut a birthday cake for the local branch of the mental health charity.

Chair of trustees Pauline Rogers, new president Will Forster, Woking Mayor Cllr Beryl Hunwicks, along with service members Val and Angela, and treasurer John Ennett

Will takes over from David Rye, who was thanked for his passion and commitment to Woking Mind over his many years of service to the charity, in which he was also a former chairman of trustees.

Talking about his new role, Will Forster said: “Mental health services suffer from underfunding and lag behind in comparison to treatment for physical health problems, yet one in four people in the UK experience a mental health problem each year. Mental health is sadly the Cinderella service of our NHS, which is why the work that Woking Mind does is vital to support residents and top-up NHS services.”

Woking Mind delivers an extensive range of groups, courses and drop-in provision to help prevent mental health problems from escalating where possible and supporting recovery for their members. The charity also provides mental health training across Surrey to raise awareness and help break down stigma and prejudice around ill mental health through education.

For the full story get the 20 June edition of the News & Mail

A WOKING man is raising money for a poverty charity by living off the rations available to the average refugee in camps around the world.

Jonathan Smith, who lives in Horsell, is taking part in the Ration Challenge, with a meagre amount of food.

Jonathan Smith with his week’s worth of rations

Money raised will go to the charity Concern Worldwide, which has organised the fundraising challenge with participants around the world.

Jonathan, who works in the Special Educational Needs and Disability Team at Surrey County Council, has been taking on various challenges every year, including cycling 100 miles, half marathons and rowing 2,021 km in the gym.

“I wanted this year to support a charity that works further afield and to do a challenge over a longer amount of time that would really push me,” he said.

He said Concern Worldwide have been showing participants footage of some of the deprivation in refugee camps, which puts the week-long challenge into perspective.

“The refugee crisis has been in the news a lot over the last couple of years and it truly is a crisis. These people have been forced to leave their homes because of war and have no choice but to live off barely anything.

“Reading more and more about it really wakes you up to the fact that a refugee eats for a week on what we spend every day on a meal deal or a takeaway coffee.”

SPONSORSHIP can be made via https://my.rationchallenge.org.uk/jonathansmith. For more information, visit https://www.rationchallenge.org.uk/about/where-the-money-goes/

For the full story get the 20 June edition of the News & Mail

PYRFORD residents Ian Lamaison and Eldon Sandys crossed the finish line on Thursday at the end of a 250-mile bike ride to raise money for the Church Mission Society’s Devonport Project.

Ian Lamaison, geared up and ready to ride.

The Devonport Project is one of the main charities supported by the Parish of Wisley with Pyrford, which allocates a proportion of parishioners’ donations to the church for charitable projects at home and overseas.

The Devonport area of Plymouth suffers from high levels of unemployment. Church Mission Society worker Ruth Sayers was sent to the area to work with a small local church community, to be a presence in this area of deprivation and disadvantage.

Ruth has many roles and ambitions, and a key one is leadership of a work club which seeks to help the unemployed through fellowship, practical advice and guidance.

A determined Eldon Sandys prepares for the ordeal to come.

Ian and Eldon hit on the idea of a sponsored bike ride to Plymouth to supplement the annual contribution made by the Parish of Wisley with Pyrford.  So far, parishioners have pledged almost £5,000 in support of the bike ride.

Ian said: “Our aim is to raise money for Ruth Sayers and her project but to do so in a way that made our parish’s link with Devonport more personal by actually going there.”

They began their trip on Monday. “Neither of us are very young men so we are restricting ourselves to about 55-60 miles per day on average.”

For the full story get the 13 June edition of the News & Mail

SOME colourful, fast and very, very messy fundraising took place at Gordon’s School.

Pupils from the West End secondary joined together to raise £800 for charity in a Colour Run

Anna Rakoczi, Hana Godfrey and Laila Pell joined hundreds of others at Gordon’s to raise money for Eikon Charity and Pride in Surrey

More than 200 were pelted with powder paint of many colours as they ran a circuit of a school playing field. Many of them completed several laps.

Each had paid to take part and the proceeds were donated to local charities including the Eikon Charity, which supports vulnerable young people in Surrey, and the Pride in Surrey organisation.

The event marked the International Day Against Homophobia; Biphobia and Transphobia.

It was organised by Sarah Maslen, the LGBT+ lead at Gordon’s, who said: “This is one of the most popular charity events held at Gordon’s. As usual, it was enjoyed by students and staff alike. We were delighted to raise money for these charities.”

For the special picture feature get the 30 May edition of the News & Mail

SIR Trevor Brooking was among a host of sporting celebrities at a golf challenge organised by JDRF, the UK’s type 1 diabetes charity.

The event was held at Woking Golf Club to help raise money for medical research and services.

Football star Sir Trevor Brooking at the JDRF golf day

Football legend Sir Trevor, twice an FA Cup winner with West Ham United and an England regular, said: “I’m delighted to support JDRF’s research to find a cure for type 1 diabetes. People with type 1 diabetes rely on multiple blood tests and insulin injections every day just to stay alive, until we find that cure.

“Type 1 diabetes could happen to anyone at any age, it can’t be prevented, and is not linked to lifestyle. As a father and grandfather I can appreciate the challenges faced, by those with type 1 diabetes and their families, when people are diagnosed with this condition that turns people’s lives upside down.”

A total of 57 supporters registered to take part in the pro-celebrity golf day, including former Liverpool and England goalkeeper Ray Clemence,  BBC sports journalist Rob Bonnet, grand prix racing driver and Top Gear presenter Tiff Needell and a nine-year-old golf enthusiast living with type 1 diabetes, Cameron Fincher.

For more information on diabetes or to donate, visit www.jdrf.org.uk.

For the full story get the 16 May edition of the News & Mail

A TEACHING assistant at a school in Sheerwater has described how the death of a close friend inspired her to complete The MoonWalk London on Saturday.

Anita Allard planned to complete the half-marathon walk on behalf of her friend Kirsty, who had been undergoing treatment for breast cancer.

Anita Allard in her disco-tastic walking gear

But just days before taking on the challenge for the first time, Anita learned that Kirsty had died. “I’d planned to do the walk for her, then surprise her with a picture with her name on the board at the end. I’ve got the picture, but quite what I’ll do with it I’m not sure yet.

“She died on the Tuesday, and I found out on Wednesday. She seemed to be recovering well.

“It’s been devastating, but it made me even more determined to do the walk. I knew I couldn’t pull out.

“Every bit of my body hurts right now, but as I was walking it really came home to me that if Kirsty could go through radiotherapy, chemotherapy, sickness and discomfort every week, I could push through a few aches and pains.”

An emotional Anita, 45, said that she plans to do the MoonWalk again, and was delighted that she and three friends had raised £1,800 for the locally-based charity, Walk the Walk.

For the full story get the 16 May edition of the News & Mail

DRESS up for the 80s disco theme and “Let’s get physical” for Woking & Sam Beare Hospices’ Midnight Walk at 10pm on Friday 21 June.

But this eight-mile challenge for ladies is about more than just the way the charity works to care for its patients’ physical needs – it also enables the hospice’s staff and volunteers to ensure that many other important aspects of their wellbeing are met too.

EVERY STEP YOU TAKE – Being part of Woking & Sam Beare Hospices’ Midnight Walk on June 21 helps to raise vital funds for the charity. This year the walk has an 80s disco theme.

Funds raised by walkers help the charity’s counsellors to listen to patients and also to their family and carers, helping to explore and alleviate their worries.

Event sponsorship can directly help the hospice’s social worker Caroline Hodgson to offer advice on often complicated issues that may be concerning patients and their families, such as benefits and finances, as well as arranging important experiences.

Caroline said: “We’ve organised two weddings, one vow renewal and arranged for a patient to have a virtual reality experience.  We will always try to go the extra mile, that’s what hospice care is about.

“If I can help a patient achieve their dreams, plan for the future, or be there for them at the end, then I’ve done my job.”

At a time when everything can feel confusing and overwhelming, the reassurance given by the CoSI team in people’s own homes overnight, matched with their nursing expertise, can reduce any stress caused by feeling responsible for a loved one’s medical needs, and enable families to be just that – family, not carers.

To support all these elements of the hospice’s care through your physical challenge, please register online for £15. Visit www.wsbhospices.co.uk/midnightwalk.  Female walkers must be aged 11 and upwards.

The hospice would also welcome men and ladies as volunteers to help with marshalling or indoor duties on the walk. There are further volunteering opportunities throughout the year within Woking & Sam Beare Hospices.

Please contact Rachelle Barnett on 01483 742683 or r.barnett@wsbhospices.co.uk to find out more about joining the support team.

For the full story get the 9 May edition of the News & Mail

WITH demand for support from disadvantaged people still growing, Woking Foodbank has run out of several popular items.

It particularly needs donations of UHT milk, canned fruit, jars of pasta sauce, long-life fruit juice, crisps and long-life snacks for lunchboxes, washing detergent and long-life sponge puddings.

Volunteers at Woking Foodbank sorting through much needed supplies

Babies’ nappies in sizes 3 and 4 – which are asked for most – are also urgently needed.

A spokesman for the centre said: “We have been getting busier and busier with families and others needing food and the other essentials we supply.

“We had plenty of supplies after last year’s harvest festival and at the beginning of the year, but donations fall off at this time of year.”

Donations can be delivered to The Lightbox on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

The Waitrose stores at Goldsworth Park and West Byfleet, Asda at Sheerwater, Tesco at Brooklands and Sainsbury’s at Knaphill also accept donations.

For the full story get the 2 May edition of the News & Mail

THE League Against Cruel Sports was chosen by residents to receive proceeds from the sale of second hand goods at the Martyrs Lane community tip in Woking.

Louise Morton hands over a cheque for £1,432.75 to League Against Cruel Sports chief executive Andy Knott

The animal welfare charity is a beneficiary of money taken at the Revive shop, which sells reusable items taken to the recycling centre by the public.

It was presented with £1,432.75 – 10 per cent of the quarterly proceeds from the shop, whose customers nominated the league to receive a donation.

The Martyrs Lane centre and shop are run by SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK on behalf of Surrey County Council. The company’s Surrey communications manager, Louise Morton, visited the league’s headquarters in Godalming last week to meet its chief executive, Andy Knott, and hand over a cheque.

Mr Knott commented: “A big thank you to staff and customers at the Martyr’s Lane Revive shop, who are helping to both protect the environment and stop the persecution of animals in the name of cruel sports.”

For the full story get the 25 April edition of the News & Mail

YOU could be winning a brand-new tumble-dryer for just the price of an Easter egg, thanks to a charity event being run by RSM Domestic Appliances in Knaphill.

Donate an Easter egg at their store in the High Street, and that’s your chocolate entry to guess how many eggs are packed into the drum of the gleaming Blomberg appliance.

The magnificent grand prize of a brand new Blomberg tumble dryer

“Someone is going to win it and whoever that is are going to be over the moon. It’s just been named best tumble-dryer by Which,” said RSM managing director Steve Haydon.

“There’s no catch, no trick – just donate an egg and hopefully win a tumble-dryer. It costs £369.99, but will be free for the price of an Easter egg.”

How many eggs? The answer may surprise you

The competition was hit upon by the firm as a way to boost donations to Eagle Radio’s Egg Appeal, which helps give local, less fortunate children a happier Easter, collecting chocolate eggs to share around to more than 50 local charities and organisations, including Woking and Sam Beare Hospices, Your Sanctuary and Woking Community Mental Health Recovery Service.

If no one guesses the exact number, then nearest the total will win. If several people have the same winning guess, their names will go into a hat and the winner then chosen with a blind draw.

The competition will run until Friday 26 April. All eggs donated at RSM by 14 April will be dropped off to the Eagle Radio appeal. Any entries after that will be taken to St Peter’s Hospital for distribution there.

For more details, visit their website at rsmdomesticapplainces.com.

For the full story get today’s 11 April News & Mail