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

For the full story get the 31 October edition of the News & Mail

A HORSELL couple are running the Venice Marathon to raise money for Woking StrokeAbility.

Alex and Jane Ford are members of Horsell Runners and between them they have  completed marathons in London, Paris, New York and Berlin.

Alex and Jane Ford

Their sponsorship money will be divided equally between the Woking charity, of which Alex’s father Campbell is the chairman, and the Special Olympics, which arranges sporting events in Britain for those with intellectual problems.

The marathon in the Italian city will take place on Sunday 27 October.

Alex said that the first 20 miles will be on the mainland with a crossing over a bridge to the island of Venice with the finish just past St Mark’s Square.

“There will be temporary ramps over the bridges and a temporary footbridge over the Grand Canal,” he said.

Jane said that their preparations were going well with runs of 20 miles at weekends as well as joining the Horsell Runners.

“We go for runs of 10 miles on our own and then join our friends with the group on their run,” she said.

They hope to raise a total of £2,000 while also hoping to complete the marathon together in under four hours.

The money the couple raise will help the Woking charity which provides aerobic and aqua exercise for stroke survivors regardless of gender, faith, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, and economic status, and also for those with similar disabilities.

Visit if you would like to donate.

For the full story get tomorrow’s (24 October) edition of the News & Mail

AROUND £500 was raised at a coffee morning in Knaphill for a charity which supports domestic violence victims.

The event, held Saturday morning last week at the village Methodist church, attracted more than 50 people.

Ann Gammon, Tarina Berry, Helen Brice and Linda Todd serving hot drinks

It was organised in aid of Your Sanctuary by church member Tarina Berry, with help from fellow members of the congregation.

The Mayor of Woking, Cllr Beryl Hunwicks, cut a ribbon to open the coffee morning, which was supported by people from other churches in the area.

Visitors were served coffee and tea, bacon butties and homemade cakes, with the sale of bric-a-brac and cards, a tombola and games including guess the name of a teddy bear adding to the proceeds.

Donations of goods from Ryman, Broadway Furniture, RSM Domestic Appliances and Woking Funeral Service also boosted profits. Tarina is expecting the total raised to increase when further promised financial donations are received.

She organises two or three charity coffee mornings a year and has previously supported organisations including Macmillan Cancer Support and Cancer Research UK.

“I’m a firm supporter of Your Sanctuary and it’s a good cause to support,” she said.

Your Sanctuary provides support, advice and family refuges for women affected by domestic abuse in Woking, Surrey Heath and Runnymede boroughs. It also helps men in Surrey who have suffered domestic abuse.

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.

For the full story get the 10 October edition of the News & Mail

A WOKING teenager and a friend have walked the 37-mile Downs Link to raise money for a school trip to Nepal.

Amaani Beere, 16, and Aylar Gylyjova, made the trek in two days over a weekend and also filled seven large bin bags with rubbish they found on the way, including a Wotsits packet that could be 40 years old.

Amaani Beere and Aylar Gylyjova towards the start of their walk

Amaani’s mother, Lucy Bushill-Matthews, said the girls organised the trek themselves and have raised £1,200 towards their trip next year, which will cost £1,300 for both of them.

She said her husband, Julian, tracked the girls’ progress on the internet.

“It was the first time they had stayed out overnight on their own, so that was a big thing,” Lucy said.

Ayar and Amaani picked up litter along the way

“I’m immensely proud of them.”

On their Justgiving page, Amaani says that the expedition to Kathmandu and Pokhara in Nepal will take place in July next year.

“We will be visiting Nepal for 22 days, where our activities will include trekking in the Himalayas and exploring the country.

“For the first 9 days, we will be working on a community project at Shee Janabhawana Primary School, located in Panchkhal. We will be digging and laying the foundations of a new wall around the school compound which will bring security to the students and staff within it. Alongside this, we will be cooking and teaching at the school.”

To donate to the cost of the Nepal trip, visit

For the full story get the 3 October edition of the News and Mail

WOKING mums Dora Szentivanyi and Emese Flick are tackling the fiercely demanding Spartan Race at Bagshot on Sunday to raise money for the post-natal depression charity, Pandas.

Dora is the driving force behind FunMumsFitness, a workout group built around children.  “When I had my first child I wanted to get fit again, but it was hard to do exercises on my own with my young son to look after.

BAND OF MOTHERS – Dora, right, and Emese are taking up the challenge of the gruelling Spartan Race to raise funds for post-natal depression charity, Pandas

“That’s why I started FunMumsFitness about 18 months ago. We provide lots of toys, soft play and changing facilities, a safe environment for young children, so mums could exercise.

 “More than that, though, it’s creating a social atmosphere for mothers. I always say that motherhood is rewarding, motherhood is the best thing in the world, but motherhood is hard and challenging too.

 “It’s very easy for new mothers to feel lonely and isolated, and we want to offer them the chance to meet up and have a chat over a coffee.”

Dora, who now has two children, aged four and two, and Emese, who has a one-year-old daughter, can look forward to a thoroughly demanding test in the Spartan Race on 6 October.

“We’re going for the 5K race, which has things like monkey bars, ropes, pulling things, throwing things, diving in the mud and apparently even jumping over fire.

“The aim is to get round in about an hour and a half, but I haven’t done one of these before so I don’t really know.”

Then, a hint of caution in her voice, Dora added: “I’ve heard Spartan is a global leader in obstacle-course racing for a reason…”

 To donate, visit For more information,, or contact

For the full story get the 3 October edition of the News & Mail

COMEDIAN Bobby Davro visited patients and staff at Woking & Sam Beare Hospice in Goldsworth Park ahead of his annual fundraising gala for the charity.

Davro was accompanied by impressionist Danny Posthill, who was a finalist in Britain’s Got Talent in 2015 in a visit to the Wellbeing Centre and then the ward.

Bobby pops in to visit Pauline and John Erridge and Bernard Eyre at the WSB Wellbeing Centre

The Gala Spectacular will be held on Sunday 27 October at the New Victoria Theatre. The comedian is a longstanding supporter of the hospice after his mother was cared for by the Sam Beare Hospice in Weybridge.

Kerry Bennett, the  Woking & Sam Beare Hospices marketing director, said: “It was a pleasure to have Bobby and Danny visit us at the hospice and we are all really looking forward to the Gala Spectacular.

Bobby Davro with flyers for his fundraising show later this month

“On behalf of all those they made smile we thank them both for taking the time out of their busy schedules”.

The hospices deliver 8,760 hours of care and support to 2,000 patients each year. More than 70% of this is done in patients’ homes for in care or nursing homes.

Patients are primarily from Woking, Surrey Heath, north Guildford, Spelthorne, West Elmbridge and Runnymede but the hospice also cares for some people outside this region.

The charity needs to raise more than £8 million a year to provide its services, which are free of charge.

To buy tickets of the Gala Spectacular show, visit or call the hospices’ fundraising team on 01483 742771

For more pictures get the 3 October edition of the News & Mail (Pictures by Terry Habgood)

A CYCLIST pedalled the length of Britain in memory of his mother, to raise more than £3,000 for Woking & Sam Beare Hospices.

Chris Read exceeded his target of £2,500 while taking part in the 980-mile Deloitte Ride Across Britain, to bring his total fundraising for the charity to nearly £10,000.

A triumphant Chris Read at the end of his 980-mile charity cycle ride

He started cycling in aid of the hospice after it looked after his mother Gillian, who lived in Ashford, in her final days around Christmas 2012.

Chris said the cycle ride from Lands End at the foot of Cornwall to John O’Groats on the north Scottish coast was “pretty brutal”. The worst aspect was becoming saddle sore at the end of the fourth day, leaving four more days of painful cycling. Most of the other nearly 900 cyclists were also suffering.

“At the start each day, we all stood up as we started and then there was a collective groan as everyone sat down,” he added.

Chris said he also felt a lot of pain in his knees and the steep climbing on the first day in Cornwall was “horrific”.

“I’m never cycling there again – next time it will be by motorbike, car or coach.”

Despite the pain, Chris described the ride as an amazing adventure and an experience he would never forget.

“If you’re thinking of doing this challenge stop thinking about it and just sign up. It’s probably the most challenging thing you will do on a bike but the feeling at the end is just awesome.”

Chris is planning to take part in the Ride London cycle event next year. He has taken part for the past three years, raising £6,230 for the hospice.

Contributions can still be made to Chris’s sponsorship total at

For the full story get the 26 September edition of the News & Mail

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.

See the 26 September edition of the News & Mail for the full picture spread

A BALLET gala featuring some of the world’s top dancers and hosted by star choreographer Wayne Sleep is being organised to help a four-year-old disabled Woking boy to receive medical treatment that will allow him to swallow and eat normally.

Principal ballet dancers Laurretta Summerscales and her husband Yonah Acosta with their nephew Dexter

Dancing for a Dream is being put together by the boy’s aunt and uncle, international principal ballet dancers Laurretta Summerscales and her husband Yonah Acosta, who is the nephew of superstar Cuban ballet dancer Carlos Acosta. The couple live in Kingfield, near their nephew Dexter Summerscales-Heard, and his family.

Laurretta and Yonah pose in full costume with Dexter

Performers will include principals and soloists from the Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Northern Ballet and the Bayerisches Staatsballett in Munich. Carlos Acosta has sponsored some of the dancers’ travel costs but will be with his dance company in Cuba when the gala takes place. However, it will be attended by his wife Charlotte and eldest daughter Isla.

It will be held at the New Victoria Theatre on 10 November and the money raised will go to helping Dexter, who was born with quadriplegic cerebral palsy, to be able to eat normally after a series of health problems left him being fed through a tube.

Dexter suffers with epilepsy, is unable to speak and is also fully reliant on his wheelchair and family to assist his daily activities.

Laurretta said: “Regardless of all of this, Dexter is intelligent and possesses the mental capabilities of any ‘normal’ boy of his age.

“He has an abundance of energy and great sense of humour and is renowned as the class clown, as he always sees the funny-side of situations.”

To buy tickets for Dancing for a Dream, visit or call 08448717645.

For the full story get the 26 September edition of the News & Mail