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Giving to Charities


Our publicity often mentions that, as a club, we donate money to charity.  The following is a brief list of the Charities we have supported this year. 


This page is about the charitable work we do and the money we donate to charities each year.  We aim to include details of all the charity work in which we have been involved over many years.


The list below is a summary of the charities which have received donations at our annual Dinner / Dance and Annual Awards Ceremony held in January 2017.  This event is held every year and is an opportunity for members to get dressed up in their finery and enjoy a first class meal and dancing.  We take the opportunity to present donations to various charities, which have been nominated by our members.
Donations made in earlier years may be viewed here:-
2011    2012    2013    2014    2015    2016    2017




Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre – Guildford


Sponsored by Marion Rose

"I know a young woman who has had counselling from this organisation over a period of 9 months and has more recently attended some group sessions for a set amount of time.  She was on benefits at the time and was unable to afford to pay very much towards the counselling but the charity agreed to help her for whatever money she could afford.  Without this financial help and counselling she would not have been able to work through the trauma she had suffered in the past and be in the much better place she is now in.  The young woman has also needed to ring the helpline on several occasions when things got too much for her and they were able to help her through a particularly difficult time by talking/listening."

4th Worcester Park Scout Group


Sponsored by Mark Brown

Founded in 1933 "the 4th" is a busy and active group of approximately 150 young people between the ages of 6 and 18.  My son has been a member of the 4th for eight years starting as a Beaver, progressing through Cubs and Scouts and is now an Explorer Scout.  I am very proud that he obtained his Chief Scouts Gold award this year and is now himself volunteering as a young leader.


The 4th encourages our young people, to make a positive contribution to society by being;
• Self reliant
• Responsible
• Caring
• Committed.
We do this by taking part in a variety of activities and new experiences, exploring the outdoors and promoting teamwork in a safe and supportive environment.  In addition to our normal activities and camps, in the last couple of years we have taken our young people caving, hiking in Snowdonia, hill-walking in the Brecon Beacons and last year we took a logistically challenging 84 members on an International camp to Holland.

Heathrow Special Needs Centre


Sponsored by Susan Oughton

This charity does great work with disabled children and special needs people.  They rely on Donations.

Surrey Search and Rescue


Kim Shrosbree

Surrey Search & Rescue is a 100% voluntary specialist search team, which helps the emergency services find missing vulnerable adults and children.  We are on-call 24 hours a day, with a team of 50+ people and 8 Search Dogs to respond across Surrey and surrounding areas.


They do not get any funding from the government, the police or the council.  They are a charity which relies wholly on donations to purchase and maintain vital life-saving equipment and continue to offer the best training for their team.


Reverse Rett


Sponsored by Ted Law

Rett is a devastating neurological condition which leaves sufferers with multiple disabilities and in need of medical help all their life. Patients are unable to talk, have seizures and are likely to lose the use of both hands and the ability to walk. They face the probability of gastrointestinal issues leading to the need for tube feeding.  They may develop breathing problems and scoliosis.

My friend does not have brain damage and knows and understands more than her body allows her to show.  She is sunny natured, happy, exuberant and full of joy when doing what she enjoys, especially running to the park and playing on the swings and slide like any other toddler.  We don't know when her ability to do this will change.

At the moment there is no cure or treatment for Rett and it's heartbreaking to think of what lies ahead for her.  However, there is hope as scientists have identified the gene mutation that causes Rett and in 2007 the condition was reversed in mice.

The charity Reverse Rett is a UK charity focused on translating research developments into treatment and cures for children living with Rett syndrome.


All of the above charities each received a cheque for £300


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The Holly Lodge Centre


Sponsored by Malcolm Childs

Malcolm is responsible for organising the RP1 Bus Service and Buggy Service in Richmond Park, which is operated by The Holly Lodge Centre on behalf of the Royal Parks.  He is seeking Financial Support for 2017 to assist in providing this service.  The Bus Service operates around Richmond Park and, in 2017, will pick up as well from the Roehampton Estate and from Ham Village Estate, as well as meeting up with various bus routes at different parts of its route.  Three Epsom MGOC members have been actively involved in 2016 as drivers.  They have all agreed to continue in 2017.  The bus will operate every Wednesday from 5th April until 2nd October 2017. 

The service has proved a godsend to many elderly and frail people who would not normally be able to reach the Park, as well as a number of council estate residents, of many different ethnic groups, who have never been previously to Richmond Park.

Hounds for Heroes


Sponsored by Margaret Billinge

Hounds for Heroes provides specially trained assistance dogs to injured and disabled men and women of both the UK Armed Forces and Emergency Services. Through this provision it aims to provide help and practical support leading to an enhanced quality of life.


Initially Hounds for Heroes set out to raise £100,000, which would pay for the first 5 Labradors and their subsequent costs throughout their lives.  The Puppies on Parade Appeal was so successful that we have just started our fourth appeal to purchase our latest squadron of cadets; we already have one squadron of puppies in advanced training and two squadrons in basic training at our Training Base in Petersfield, Hampshire.

Our dogs are carefully selected for all the qualities needed to produce excellent assistance dogs.  The Charity has a small army of puppy parents who help with the first year of training.  The dogs then enter advanced training to turn them from well behaved dogs into fully trained assistance dogs that not only bring quality of life to their owner by opening doors, picking up items, getting money from ATMs, opening train doors etc; they also bring companionship and love that can be missing when someone becomes disabled.


The Meath Epilepsy Charity


Sponsored by Rita Coleman

“The aim of The Meath Epilepsy Charity is to enhance the lives of people who have complex epilepsy and related disabilities by ensuring they receive the support, expert care and encouragement required to build confidence, acquire new skills and maximise independence in their daily lives.”


Cardiac Risk in the Young


Sponsored by Marilyn Olding

Unexplained sudden death is often recorded by the coroner as due to ‘natural causes’.  Experts believe that most of these tragedies are due to sudden cardiac death.  In 2008 CRY’s fundraisers facilitated the establishment of the CRY Centre for Cardiac Pathology (CRY CCP) – a centre of excellence for a fast-track expert cardiac pathology service for bereaved families.  The CRY CCP was originally based at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London and is currently based at St George’s Hospital, Tooting.  CRY provides this service, funding the cost of coroners’ referrals, so that families no longer have the ordeal of a protracted wait for the cause of death of their child or partner.

Specialist cardiac pathology at the CRY Centre for Cardiac Pathology is free of charge when:
– the cause of death is unascertained and
– the person is aged 35 years or under.



All of the above charities each received a cheque for £400


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The Grange Centre


Sponsored by Diane Pratt

Diane has worked here as a volunteer in the Textiles Department once a week, for the past four years.  The Grange helps their clients to live as independently as possible with the minimum of support (although support is always there).  Clients live on site, some in a residential home, some in independent units in the grounds, some in their own flats in Bookham and soon Epsom as well.  The work from the Textiles Department is sold in their shops in Bookham and Dorking.


The Grange is a friendly and welcoming organisation supporting people with disabilities to achieve their potential and live independent and fulfilling lives.

"We are a charity, a social enterprise and a housing association offering high-quality Supported Living and Residential Care services alongside a wide-ranging programme of Day Skills and work experience. There’s also a great deal of social life, creativity, activities and fun."


Aiden Goodwin Foundation


Sponsored by Marion Rose

As PA to the CLIC Sargent Team, I know only too well what a difference a holiday makes to families going through treatment (and free as well).  Part of my role is to maintain the list of charities who offer free holidays and they are always very popular and oversubscribed, especially during the summer / school holidays, so another charity offering this type of thing will certainly be appreciated and utilised.


The Aiden Goodwin Foundation appreciates that families who have children fighting cancer are provided with expert medical care throughout their journey, and the treatments available are some of the best in the world.  However, we have experienced first hand that the effects of a child suffering with cancer, extend to the far corners of your family, and affects each person in some way. From the child suffering with the illness, through to the sister or brother trying to be brave and supporting their parents, to the parents trying to protect and make things better for the whole family.


The goal of The Aiden Goodwin Foundation is to bring a little happiness to the children with cancer and their families who are going through this awful time.  To be able to provide a time to be away together, to relax, enjoy, escape their daily routines, and to help create memories they will never forget.


British Divers Marine Life Rescue


Sponsored by Margaret Billinge

I have known about this local [to me] charity for several years as I support three 'Wild Life Rescue and Animal Charities' who are very regularly called out to situations involving wild creatures needing very dangerous rescues in very difficult and hazardous situations and conditions frequently at late hours; often these rescues are carried out jointly with Members from the 'British Divers Marine Life Rescue' as it involves a marine animal or animals. The news letters give write ups of some of their rescues and the other agencies with whom they collaboratively work.


The nominated charity area of work is he British Isles and includes parts of Europe when their expertise is needed.


BDMLR is an organisation dedicated to the rescue and well-being of all marine animals in distress around the UK.

"We are a voluntary network of trained marine mammal medics who respond to call outs from the general public, HM Coastguard, Police, RSPCA and SSPCA and are the only marine animal rescue organisation operating across England, Wales and Scotland. Not only are we called upon by the other emergency services, but we also train their staff."


Epsom Canine Rescue


Sponsored by Kim Shrosbree

ECR is staffed by fantastic volunteers and they have no paid staff.  They rescue and re-home dogs in the local area, assisted by a network of foster carers.  It is a charity which I have only recently discovered, otherwise Teddy might have been usurped by a rescue terrier!


Epsom Canine Rescue was formed as a registered charity in 1995, and our work is carried out by a handful of dedicated volunteers in their spare time - we have no paid staff.  Where possible all of our dogs prior to re-homing are neutered, vaccinated and micro-chipped.



All of the charities each received a cheque for £300


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The Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance


Sponsored by Sue Cornwell

Sue has requested this nomination following her brother’s accident, in recognition of their wonderful services in attempting to save his life. 
"Our Air Ambulance is an independent charitable healthcare provider working with the Ambulance Service.  We are not part of the NHS and we are funded almost entirely by voluntary donations."


Sutton Mental Health Foundation
Sponsored by Marion Rose
A member of Marion’s family has been helped by this organization and is still supported by them. 
Sutton Mental Health Foundation has been around since 1987 and has been the Mayor’s charity for 2012-13 and 2013-14.  It has evolved from providing a traditional “drop-in” service to offering a wider range of services for people who have experienced mental distress.  Our strapline, "Connect, Learn, Support", summarises the opportunities we offer – to allow people to establish connections with others, to learn new skills and to seek and offer support.

Choices and Decisions Day
Sponsored by Beryl Kimberley
This charity is run by Ginny Willis, her Daughter. 
Each year in May young people from Special Needs Schools in Surrey have the opportunity to take part in workshops outside their school environment.  These workshops are based in Guildford and take place in Guildford College and other nearby locations.  The object of the day is to give young people with severe learning difficulties the opportunity to experience new activities, build confidence in being in a larger environment and to socialise with other young people with similar needs.

The Holly Lodge Centre
Sponsored by Malcolm Childs
They are updating their Nature Trail and Dipping Ponds next year and would welcome a donation.  
"We want everyone, no matter what their ability or background, to be able to enjoy and learn about Richmond Park, including its wildlife and fascinating history.  The experience should be fun as well as educational."
The Holly Lodge Centre provides an opportunity for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy and learn from a series of hands-on experiences focusing on the rich natural environment in the unique setting of Richmond Park.  These activities range from art, gardening and photography to environmental and historical interpretation programmes that are linked to the National Curriculum for schools.  All kinds of groups are catered for and have included special schools, day centres, mainstream schools, holiday clubs, hospitals and many other kinds of organisations.  Activities are adapted to help visitors gain maximum benefit and enjoyment from the Park.

Heathrow Special Needs Centre
Sponsored by Sue Oughton
Sue is involved as a volunteer.
"We are a small charitable community close to Heathrow Airport.  We provide an environment in which people with special needs and disabilities of all ages can develop and grow in confidence, by working with and being in contact with animals."

East Sussex Riding for the Disabled
Sponsored by Margaret Billinge
Margaret is a volunteer helper for this charity.
RDA in the South East provides equestrian therapy, challenges and fun to over 2,000 riders of all ages with varying disabilities.  Groups spanning Surrey, Sussex and Kent enable participants to experience horse activities including carriage driving, riding, competitions and dressage whilst learning new skills.


All of the charities each received a cheque for £300


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The Grange Centre


Sponsored by Diane Pratt

The Grange helps people with disabilities achieve their potential and live independent and fulfilling lives.  Theydo this by offering high quality housing and training, and by encouraging their clients find paid or voluntary work.  The Grange is a registered charity in Bookham in Surrey.  Theyare always happy to welcome visitors - if you are interested in finding out more they hope you’ll come and visit soon.


The Forget Me Not Children’s Trust


Sponsored by Marion Rose

The Forget Me Not Children's Trust was set up in 1991 and is a group for bereaved parents whose children have been treated at the Royal Marsden Hospital. It is run by Volunteer Parents who are all bereaved parents themselves.  The trust helps to care for families who have suffered what many parents feel to be the greatest loss of all - the death of their child.


The Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance


Sponsored by Rita Coleman

Our Air Ambulance is an independent charitable healthcare provider working with the Ambulance Service.  We are not part of the NHS and we are funded almost entirely by voluntary donations.


Vigil GSD rescue


Sponsored by Malcolm Kimberley

Vigil was founded in 1984 and is a registered charity that rescues and re-homes German Shepherd Dogs throughout the UK. The rescue is a non-profit organisation that is run entirely by unpaid volunteers, and we rely totally on donations from the general public to keep the rescue running.


St Catherine’s Hospice


Sponsored by David Cornwell

St Catherine’s Hospice is a charity dedicated to providing specialised end of life care and support to local people, their families, friends and carers.

For over 25 years we have been providing high quality hospice care, free of charge, to people living in Crawley, Horsham, Mid Sussex and East Surrey.  Hospice care is based on the belief that each person is more than their illness, and that each of us has unique physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs.  St Catherine’s responds to the needs of each individual, helping people achieve the best possible quality of life.

This highly personal, holistic approach to care takes time, skill and experience from a multi-professional team.  We care for people in the hospice, in their homes and in nursing homes.  We also provide training, advice and support to other health professionals.



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Kit Wilson Animal Trust
Sponsored by Kim Shrosbree
The Trust was established over 30 years ago with a legacy left by Katherine Wilson (always known as Kit).  From a modest beginning the Trust has grown and in 1986 set up its own Animal Rescue Centre at Hadlow Down, near Uckfield in East Sussex.  In addition to the animal rescue and rehoming work, the Trust has become increasingly involved in wildlife rehabilitation, and operates a wildlife emergency line.  Kim’s sister is involved with this charity’s work.


St Catherine’s Hospice, Crawley
Sponsored by David & Sue Cornwell
St Catherine’s Hospice is a charity dedicated to providing end of life care and support to local people, their families, friends and carers.   For over 25 years they have been providing high quality care, free of charge, to people living in Crawley, Horsham, Mid Sussex and East Surrey.  The highly personal, holistic approach to care takes time, skill and experience from a multi-professional team and they care for people in the hospice, in their homes and nursing homes.  Like all Hospices, only 30% of their running costs are provided by the NHS and they have to raise £5 million in voluntary income to enable them to continue to provide the vital services to those who need them.


Marie Curie Cancer Care
Sponsored by Bryan Young
Marie Curie Cancer Care is a UK charity dedicated to the care of people with terminal illnesses and are best known for their network of 2,000 Marie Curie Nurses, who work in the homes of terminally ill patients, providing practical care and support.  They operate nine Marie Curie Hospices and fund the nursing services and hospices in a 50/50 partnership with the NHS.  All their services are free to patients and their families.  Bryan’s mother received excellent support from the charity and the donation is a wonderful way of remembering her.


Carer Support, Elmbridge
Sponsored by Sue Oughton
Carer Support, Elmbridge offers advice and support to all carers who provide unpaid care to a friend, neighbour or relative who has an illness or disability.  This can be general support, information, advocacy or help with obtaining services or appropriate benefits.  A number of support groups are held across held across the area and these give carers an opportunity tomeet up and speak with the Carer Support and Advocacy Worker on an informal basis, if necessary.  Sue is involved with this charity.



All of the charities each received a cheque for £300


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Orchard Hill College
Sponsored by Doreen Nicholls
A neighbours Son
goes there; he benefits from attendance at this special needs college and our donation would go towards funding a new mini-bus.

Heathrow Special Needs Farm
Sponsored by
Susan Oughton
Is a
worthwhile cause which she supports, they help people of all age groups who have mental and physical disabilities.

by Ted Law
A key aspect of their work is support for
the UK's most seriously injured servicemen and servicewomen, who are in-patients at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC) at Headley Court, Epsom. 

Protection Against Stalking
Caroline Feltham

 Is a charity that, through her employer, works very closely with and likes to support and publicise in as many ways as possible.

Milestone Special School
Sponsored by Margaret Fisher

Margaret has been the Head teacher at this school for three years.  It is one of the largest in the UK and caters for 250 pupils from the age of 2 - 19 years.  AH pupils have severe, profound and multiple learning difficulties.  Currently 51% have autism and 21% have profound and complex needs.  Our donation will go towards buying an expensive swing that will accommodate a wheelchair.

The Oliver Curd Trust
Sponsored by Marion Rose
Is a charity set up by a little boy's parents after he died from cancer.  It provides a caravan which is available to other families affected by childhood cancer.  Many of the CLIC Sargent families have used this lovely holiday caravan during or after their child's treatment, giving a very welcome break-for-free at what is a difficult time for them.  Our donation would assist with the upkeep of the caravan and site costs.

The Meath Epilepsy Trust
Sponsored by
Rita Coleman
This is a local charity and Rita personally knows many people who benefit from the services provided by the home.  The Meath are currently undertaking the fourth phase of the "purpose built facilities" on the site and our donation would help towards their £2.3 million target.

Beaver Water World
Sponsored by Richard & Linda Cordle
During the planning of their August run, Richard was so impressed with the work that the owner, Stella Quayle is doing at this animal rescue centre in saving numerous species of reptiles and small rodents imported illegally which would otherwise have to be destroyed. A small donation from the club would go a long way in helping this worthwhile cause.

All of the charities each received a cheque for £250

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Orbit Shed
Sponsored by Kim Shrosbree

Orbit Shed gives all young people, whatever their background, the opportunity to believe in themselves.  Established in 2004 by the world-class theatre company, Chickenshed, Orbit Shed is part of an ever growing number of independent 'Sheds' but is still the only one in the UK south of London. Whilst our Leaders continue to be trained by Chickenshed and we work following their regulations we do not receive any funding from them. We work with the Chickenshed inclusive creative method to provide performing arts workshops.

Canine Partners
Sponsored by Margaret Billinge
At Canine Partners our mission is to assist people with disabilities to enjoy a greater independence and a better quality of life and, where possible, to help them into education and employment, through the provision of specially trained dogs for the disabled, whose well-being is a key consideration.

The Elizabeth Foundation
Sponsored by Margaret Coxon
We help preschool deaf children learn to listen and talk.
The Elizabeth Foundation is a national charity supporting infants and preschool children with hearing loss and their families. We do this by providing education services, help, support and encouragement. We believe it is the right of every deaf child to be given the opportunity to learn to listen and talk.

The Rainbow Trust
Sponsored by Malcolm Kimberley and by Mike Knott
Rainbow Trust Children's Charity provides emotional and practical support to families who have a child with a life threatening or terminal illness.

Animal Protection Trust
Sponsored by Beryl Kimberley and by Mike & Sue Brown
The Animal Protection Trust is a registered charity. Its main function is the rescue and rehoming of unwanted domestic animals.


All of the charities each received a cheque for £300 and two of them were of special significance to their sponsors.

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Could you donate bone marrow?
One of our members would like to ask whether you have thought of being a bone marrow donor. Our member has very personal reasons for making this appeal so I’ve checked out the details which are on two websites:
The telephone numbers are 0845 7 711 711 and 020 7284 1234 respectively, or just check with your Doctor’s surgery. 

The Blood Transfusion service has an age limit of 49 and the Anthony Nolan Trust a limit of 40 but please, please, don't just think about it do it. 

Thank you for anybody's life you might save.