Cherry Trees

PARISHIONERS at a Woking church raised nearly £7,000 for three good causes at their Christmas fair.

Happy children with Father Christmas and his helpers

The money was the proceeds of the 25th annual festive event at St Dunstan’s Catholic Church, bringing the total raised since the first fair was held to approaching £150,000.

Janet having a nap, supported by her husband John, while they run the CDs and DVDs stall

This year, the beneficiaries are Cherry Trees, Woking Community First Responders and Your Sanctuary.

East Clandon-based Cherry Trees provides respite breaks for children and young adults with a range of complex disabilities.

The community first responders are volunteers who are trained to respond quickly to 999 calls and give first aid before the arrival of an ambulance.

Your Sanctuary, based in Woking, supports survivors of domestic abuse through a helpline and protecting survivors and their children in two safe houses.

The fair was organised by a team led by Lara Periera and Jackie Clements, with a considerable number of parishioners helping on the day.

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GOLFERS have raised £25,000 for a charity that specialises in respite care for children with complex disabilities.

Sixteen teams of players combined to support the work of Cherry Trees in a day of fundraising at West Hill Golf Club in Brookwood.

One of the groups tees off during the West Hill fundraiser

Player handicaps ranged from 1 to 28, as they teed off on the 18-hole course after fortifying themselves with breakfast baps.

Later, a 22-lot auction saw high-value lots ranging from graduate placements at top London legal firms to cultural and sporting tickets and signed books raise more than £15,000 in two hours.

Cherry Trees, at East Clandon, provides home from home respite care for children with physical and mental disabilities, supporting more than 100 families in Surrey.

Cherry Trees needs to raise more than £572,000 to run its services this year. To find out what fundraising and golfing events it is planning for 2020, its 40th anniversary year, visit

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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

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