LOCAL charities will share a record fundraising pot of almost £40,000 this year, with Momentum Children’s Charity being the biggest beneficiary at West Byfleet Golf Club’s official presentation.

Momentum Children’s Charity, a joint-nomination by club captain Keith Mannering and ladies’ captain Penny Coase as the main charity to be supported in 2019, was presented with a cheque for £25,000.

COURSE RECORD – Kate Brookes from Momentum Children’s Charity is flanked by West Byfleet Golf Club ladies’ captain Penny Coase and club captain Keith Mannering. The club celebrated a magnificent year of fundraising

The charity offers practical and emotional support to children with cancer or life-challenging conditions and their families. It is the biggest single amount donated to a charity organisation by the club in Sheerwater Road.

Proceeds from fundraising at West Byfleet Golf Club throughout 2019 will go towards the work the charity does on the children’s wards at St Peter’s Hospital, Chertsey.

The remaining funds will go towards Momentum Children’s Charity’s Family Support Programme for St Peter’s families, which includes specialist therapy services, counselling and respite breaks.

Club captain Keith said: “The generosity of members and supporters at our family-friendly club never ceases to amaze us. It’s been an amazing year. Hopefully we might even generate a bit more money by the end of 2019.”

Other charities to receive donations in 2019 from West Byfleet Golf Club are Children with Special Needs Foundation, Your Sanctuary, Runnymede Dementia Carers Support, The Matthew Hackney Foundation, Home-Start Guildford, Woking Street Angels, York Road Project, Tofs, Quest Riding for the Disabled, Shine Surrey and Woking Age Concern.

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IN GLORIOUS weather last Saturday, 153 entrants took up the challenge of the Byfleet Running Festival.

Record numbers of children turned out for the one-lap, two-lap and four-lap races, the most popular being the one-lap event, with 17 taking part.  Across the three races, 35 children entered, and all received a Byfleet Running Festival (BRF) medal.

CAN’T CATCH ME: The younger runners tear off from the starting point

There were also 5k and 10k races at the festival on 21 September.

Competitors were treated to a warm-up led by Nuffy Bear, from Nuffield Health in West Byfleet, and race director Hayden Witchalls was also from Nuffield. Local entertainer on stilts Bonnie Charlotte Parker helped in the warm-up.

Byfleet Running Festival were fortunate to have Jason Shepherd as a DJ compere, which really helped to make a great atmosphere.

This year BRF chose a mix of good causes to support. They include local school facilities in Byfleet, repair work for the historic building of St Mary’s Church in Byfleet, and support for Strength & Stem, a new not-for-profit enterprise based in London to help the rehabilitation of women that have been rescued from modern slavery by teaching courses in floristry.

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A RECORD £2,000 was raised for the Woking & Sam Beare Hospices at an annual fundraising fishing competition.

Match winner Roger Bell, left, was presented with his trophies by Sam Molnar, whose brother, John Akers, was cared for at Woking Hospice

More than 40 anglers of all ages took part in the event, held in memory of John Akers, who was cared for by Woking Hospice until his death in 2013.

Sean Mitchell, who organised the event on Sunday 8 September at Willinghurst Fishery in Shamley Green, said: “Many of us involved have been touched by the great work done by the hospice in helping our family and friends,

“We’re pleased to be have been able to raise some money for such a great cause.”

For the full story get the 19 September edition of the News & Mail

MEMBERS of Shah Jahan Mosque in Woking presented a cheque for £1,300 to Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex on a recent visit to its operations base at Redhill Aerodrome.

The mosque, in Oriental Road, has supported the life-saving charity for the past two years. By organising collections after prayers and hosting a fun day locally with Woking Tigers football club, it has now raised more than £3,500.

FLYING HIGH – Representatives of the Shah Jahan Mosque present Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex with a £1,300 cheque after their latest fundraising drive. Pictured, from left to right,  are First Officer David Milton, Mohammad Habib, Ghulam Arshad from Woking Tigers, Muhammad Farooq and paramedic Alan Cowley

The air ambulance, which is capable of reaching any part of its region in 25 minutes, is  funded almost entirely by public donation. It requires about £11 million annually to sustain the service.

Last year the charity flew 2,500 missions to serve a population of almost 5 million, Mohammad said: “We feel the air ambulance plays a vital role in emergency situations where help is needed as quickly as possible to help save lives. Any of us could need the service and it is important to help keep them operating.”

For more information on the work of Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex or to donate, please visit To find out more about the Shah Jahan Mosque, please visit

For the full story get the 12 September edition of the News & Mail

THE Chobham-based Children with Special Needs Foundation has donated £4,000 to this weekend’s Handycamp, which is run in conjunction with Woking Scouts.

“This is the 15th year that we have helped to sponsor the Handycamp at Woodlarks, in Farnham,” said Gordon Parris, who began the charity in 1995 when he and his wife, Ann, were mayor and mayoress of Surrey Heath.

ALL IN A GOOD CAUSE – Gordon Parris, founder of the Children with Special Needs Foundation, presents a cheque for £4,000 to Woking Scouts, led by District Explorer Scout Commissioner Brian Pinto, right, to help fund the Handycamp weekend

“The donation to Handycamp covers £1,000-worth of food for the weekend, and the rest goes towards the general running costs.”

Woking Scouts “buddy up” with special-needs students to give them the opportunity to try typical Scouting activities.

“The activities can include swimming, canoeing, archery, even rock-wall climbing,” said Gordon. “We’re trying to help the children achieve even more of their goals.

“We enjoy being able to help this brilliant event as when we visit it is obvious that everyone is having a good time.”

For more information on the work of the foundation or to donate, please visit:

For the full story get the 5 September edition of the News & Mail

ALONG with 15 other walkers, Surrey residents Tabitha Richardson, 28, and Erin Grieve, 29, will be attempting the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge next month to raise money for mental health charity Woking Mind.

GOOD CAUSE – Erin, left, and Tabitha, who will be tackling the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge next month to honour the memory of Katherine

The walk is dedicated to the memory of Katherine Hannah who, at 27, died in a car crash in Australia last year.

Woking Mind supports adults in the local community living with mental health difficulties, providing a programme of activities that aim to build purpose, routine, personal and social development.

Occupational therapist and fundraiser Katherine Hannah, who died last year in a car crash in Australia

“Katherine spoke regularly about her concerns regarding the current state of our mental health service and desperately wanted to increase awareness in our local area and in the UK as a whole,” said Katherine’s friend and fundraiser, Tabitha.

The aim is to raise £10,000 between the 17 walkers attempting the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge on Saturday 21 September. The walk is 24.5 miles with the highest peak at 2,414 feet. The walk involves more than 5,000 feet of climbing and the walkers are hoping to complete the challenge in around 10 hours.

To find out more about the challenge and to donate to Tabitha’s fundraising page please visit:

For more information on Woking Mind, please visit:

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WOKING & Sam Beare Hospices have received £1,774.75 thanks to unwanted items dropped off at community recycling centres being sold to the public.

The Revive charity scheme, which operates at Martyrs Lane, Woodham, donates a portion of the money raised from its five shops across Surrey to local charities nominated by customers.

CASH FROM TRASH – Councillor Colin Kemp and Louise Morton, right, communications manager at Suez, present Woking & Sam Beare Hospices CEO Marian Imrie with a donation from the Revive scheme

Woking & Sam Beare Hospices were the chosen charity at Woodham Revive during the first quarter this year.

The Revive reuse shops, operated by Suez recycling and recovery UK on behalf of Surrey County Council, reclaim unwanted but usable items to sell. More than £18,000 was donated to Surrey charities last year through the scheme.

Accepting the donation on behalf of the Woking & Sam Beare Hospices, CEO Marian Imrie said: “We are delighted that the local public have kindly taken the time to vote for Woking & Sam Beare Hospices.

Revive shops are based at Woodham, Redhill, Leatherhead, Witley and Shepperton community recycling centres.

For more information on Woking & Sam Beare Hospices please visit:

For the full story get the 29 August edition of the News & Mail

IT’S a journey that starts in Rouen on the banks of the River Seine, crosses through France’s finest wine regions, kisses the gateway to the Pyrenees, and finishes on Barcelona’s city beach after driving across two countries in three days.

Local businessman Brian Barr, of Copeland Blue in Chobham, and three friends will be taking part in the Barcelona or Bust banger rally next month to raise money for the children’s charity, Cherry Trees.

LONG-DISTANCE RUNNER  – Boris The Banger takes in the sights of Monte Carlo on a previous Monte Carlo Or Bust rally

They’re also calling for more people to sign up to the challenge in their own cars and help raise more money for Cherry Trees.

The quartet will join hundreds of drivers crossing Bordeaux, Andorra and the Catalan countryside, picking up points on the way by completing challenges which have included finding random statues in set locations, buying Chinese newspapers and finding the homes of notable inventors.

“This year we are really ready for all that will be chucked at us and are hitting the road prepared,” said Brian.  “A mini-fridge stocked with chilled chocolate is packed, we know water pistols are a must after some ad-hoc water fights broke out and we’ve already got the road music cued on our phones – Freddie Mercury!

“We can’t encourage people enough to get involved by persuading a few mates to sign up, get an old banger, get it decorated and hit the road.

The charity, which already helps 115 families with children with disabilities, supports families from Woking and the surrounding areas.

It provides home-from-home specialist short breaks for children and young people aged 0-19 with a range of disabilities, including learning, physical and sensory impairments.

Barcelona Or Bust begins on Thursday 12 September and to find out more about entering your  own car please visit  

To find out more about the work of Cherry Trees, please visit

For the full story get the 8 August edition of the News & Mail

THIS SUMMER holiday saw 12-year-old Izaak Yeoman as a boy with a mission as he set off with and his dad, Gregory, from the World Wildlife Fund’s UK head office in Woking to its offices in Gland Switzerland on a 600-mile bike ride.

Gregory Yeoman and son Izaak, 12, set off from WWF’s Living Planet Centre in Woking, Surrey, on a 600-mile bike ride to the organisation’s Headquarters in Gland, Switzerland, to raise over £5,000 to protect endangered pangolins.

They are well on their way to exceeding their target of £5,000 to raise funds to protect pangolins, the world’s most illegally trafficked species, which the charity includes in its work to prevent the international trade of illegal species.

Inspired by their dedication, environmentalist and broadcast icon Sir David Attenborough wished the pair “every success with their ride” and said in a letter to them that he was “impressed by their dedication to help protect pangolins”.

Pangolins, native to Asia and Africa, are the most trafficked mammal in the world, sought after for their meat and unique scales. In the last 10 years, over one million pangolins have been illegally taken from the wild to feed demand in China and Vietnam.

Donations are open via Izaak and Gregory’s page with Virgin Money at To learn more about the endangered pangolins, please visit

For the full story get the 1 August edition of the News & Mail

A KNAPHILL woman is working to raise money for the Woking & Sam Beare Hospices charity by losing 10 stone.

Niki Handover, who has lived in the village all her life, previously lost 14 stone following a strict diet plan and exercise regime for 18 months between 2008 and 2010.

Niki Handover aims to lose 10 stone in a year

Niki has been inspired to repeat her feat of a decade ago by raising money for the hospices.

This time, she is aiming to lose 10 stone and will then take stock and possibly go for another two.

Niki in 2008, after her original weight loss effort

“The exercise is the hard part – I feel like a fat duck!” she said. “The dieting is the easy bit, as I’ve done it before and I’m not craving anything.”

Niki will be regularly weighed at the hospice building in Goldsworth Park and her first aim is to lose six stone by December. “Realistically, the 10 stone should take me about a year,” she added.

Anyone wanting to donate to the hospices through Niki’s weight-loss challenge should visit the Alan Greenwood & Sons offices, where they can donate cash or send a cheque to the charity with the reference “Niki’s Slimathon” written on the back of the cheque.

“I am also going to donate for every pound I lose,” Niki said.

For the full story get the 18 July edition of the News & Mail