Fundraising

THE care given to a terminally ill woman by the Woking & Sam Beare Hospices has inspired her son to raise money for the charity by cycling the length of the country.

Chris Read is taking part in the 980-mile Deloitte Ride Across Britain, hoping to raise £2,500 for the hospices.

INSPIRED – Chris Read with his son Charlie after completing Ride London this year to raise money for the hospices

Chris has previously raised £6,230 for the hospices by taking part in the Prudential Ride London for the past three years.

The charity looked after his mother Gillian, who lived in Ashford, in her final days around Christmas 2012.

“The care she received was amazing and just as important the care my father received in the months afterwards was life saving. The work they do is truly inspiring and I feel it’s very important for me to give something back,” he said.

FOR more information, visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/chris-read28.

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

TWO young brothers from Sheerwater and their dad have walked the length of the Basingstoke Canal towpath to raise money for a local youth group charity.

Jack Hardy, 11, his brother Aiden, 9, and father Scott, covered the 32 miles over two days and raised nearly £400 for Knaphill branch of the Woodcraft Folk.

Scott Hardy with his sons Jack and Aiden

Scott said Jack had first suggested they walk the length of the Thames, but he was persuaded to reconsider and came up with the more manageable target.

They set off on a Saturday from where the canal meets the Wey Navigation at New Haw. The first stop was at Mytchett, where they caught a taxi to a hotel at Farnborough, and then continued the next day, finishing at the Greywell Tunnel.

They were met at the finish point by Scott’s wife Laura and their other sons Ronnie, 7, Charlie, 5, and Stanley, 3.

The wider family have been involved with Woodcraft Folk for decades. Laura runs the Knaphill branch and her parents were leaders in the 1970s and 1980s. Jack and Aiden, like their mum, first went along at the age of three.

The branch meets at the Dianthus Building, the Sea Cadets’ headquarters in Goldsworth Park.

“It’s a wonderful youth charity that is centred around inclusivity,” said Scott. “They meet once a week, play games and learn and discuss topics such as politics, environmental issues and human behaviour.”

Scott helps at the group’s woodland camps, which are held several times a year.

He said the next plan was to try to cycle the route in one day and that he or Laura would accompany the boys.

Asked if having five sons keeps the couple busy, Scott said: “It keeps us outside.”

For the full story get the 5 September 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: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/TabithaRichardson

For more information on Woking Mind, please visit: www.wokingmind.org.uk

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

An Italian music and dance evening has raised £1,500 for Save the Children charity.

Guests at the fundraiser enjoying the photo booth supplied by Party Spirit Photo Booth – https://www.partyspiritphotobooth.com

The dinner and dance event, held at Chertsey Hall recently, was the brainchild of local fundraiser Maria Bellanca.

It included raffle prizes such as flights to Italy and an overnight stay in the UK, as well as plenty of entertainment on the night.

“Thank you to everyone for being so generous,” she said. “And a special thanks to Party Spirit Photo Booth for providing their photo booth for our special event – it was great fun and enjoyed by all.”

AN 80-year-old fighting grandad has demonstrated his determination and prowess in the boxing ring to raise money for a local church hall.

Brian Dossett, from Byfleet, took on Richard Atkins, forty years his junior, at the Princes Hall in Aldershot on Saturday, raising funds towards the refurbishment of the hall of All Saints Church, Woodham.

Brian Dossett in the ring with Richard Atkins

The church hall is seeking to raise thousands of pounds for a refurbishment that will upgrade the toilets, improve accessibility and replace an upstairs balustrade to allow young spectators to watch sporting activities at the venue.

Unlike a lot of 80-year-olds, Brian has more than 50 years’ martial arts experience ranging across different disciplines including boxing, judo, wrestling and karate and is the founder of Martial Arts All Styles, which he teaches locally.

He admitted that a foot fracture had made the fight difficult: “I got it strapped up at the hospital. They said you’ve got to have six weeks rest. I said once I’d got through the fight, the six weeks could start then.”

Brian ducks and weaves to avoid punches, despite a fractured ankle

“I was concerned about my foot, and my mobility. The best block in the world is to not be there when the punch comes in, so I wasn’t, most of the time.

“He caught me with a few, but I caught him with more.”

At the end of the three rounds, the referee announced the match was a draw, declaring boxing was the winner.

Donations can still be made to All Saints Church, Woodham towards the hall refurbishment – call 01483-727835 or email woodhamparish@aol.com for details.

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

WOKING cyclist Michael Smith has helped to raise £250,000 for research into heart disease by completing a 100-mile ride in the Prudential Ride London-Surrey event on Sunday.

PEDAL TO THE MEDAL – Michael Smith proudly shows off his award for completing the Prudential Ride London-Surrey course

Michael, 59, was one of 500 British Heart Foundation (BHF) Champions to take part, and personally raised £600.

The route took tens of thousands of cyclists from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, through the Surrey countryside and back to The Mall.

It took Michael six hours to complete the ride, and after crossing the finishing line, he said: “It was a truly phenomenal experience. The sense of comradeship among the cyclists was so uplifting, especially up the more difficult hills.

“I was pretty tired towards the end but the incredible views of London and the excitement coming from the crowds made for an exhilarating atmosphere, which carried me across the line.”

The money raised will go to the Miles Frost Fund, in association with the BHF.

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

MORE than £1,000 has been raised for the homelessness charity, York Road Project, at its annual quiz night.

About 60 people took part in the event at the United Reformed Church with Fay Kearley, who runs the charity’s day centre in Goldsworth Road, acting as quizmaster.

BRAIN POWER – The Ulster Frys team of, from left, Billy King, Steph and Trev Dobbin, and Steve Dealtry celebrate their success at the York Road Project’s annual quiz night

The winning team was Ulster Frys, made up of  Steph and Trev Dobbin, Billy King and Steve Dealtry.

Hannah Cope, the York Road Project community fundraiser, said: “We’d like to say thank you to everyone who took part in our 2019 Quiz Night and helped make the event a big success.

“Special thanks go to the Woking United Reformed Church and the New Haweli restaurant in West Byfleet, who provided the food.

“Our events are important as they give us the chance to engage directly with our supporters. The money our community raises is crucial as it allows us to continue being dynamic in responding to growing need for our local homelessness services.”

For more information, visit www.yorkroadproject.org.uk/events

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

SIX members of West Byfleet Golf Club have raised more than £5,000 for Momentum Children’s Charity by playing 108 holes in a day.

Simon Fillary, Dave Atkinson, Charlie Townsend, Colin Harding, Simon Robinson and Steve Pinder walked between 25 and 30 miles to complete the six rounds.

CHEERS – Steve Pinder and Simon Robinson enjoy some well-earned refreshment at the end of the challenge

The first shot was played at 4.15am, and the final putt holed at 8.45pm. No buggies were allowed.

Momentum supports children and their families in cases where a child has been diagnosed with a terminal illness. The money raised at West Byfleet Golf Club will go towards helping the work that the charity does at St Peter’s Hospital, Chertsey.

This year’s charity day, on 26th July, still has a limited number of team places available. The cost is £280, with details from the club on 01932 343433 (option 6).

Peter Heath, who chairs the club’s charity committee, said: “West Byfleet Golf Club is renowned for its generosity in supporting local charities and for going to extremes to raise funds through various events. Over the years we have raised well in excess of £500,000 for charity.

“On the day, I also collected lots of cash from people who were so happy to support such a deserving charity. Even the participants in a special memorial event, many of whom were visitors, also contributed. People can also donate to our JustGiving page,  https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/west-byfleet-golf-club, so that we can maximise Gift Aid to help the charity even more.”

For the full story get the 18 July 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