The Friends of the Children's Trust. Who we are and what we do for the children
We spread awareness of the crucial work of The Children's Trust and raise funds from the wide range of events which we run each year. We help the Trust in the care, treatment, re-habilitation and relief of sickness for the physically and mentally handicapped children by providing financial assistance and support to the children under their care.
The Friends is a registered charity whose main aims are to enhance the lives of the children cared for by the Children's Trust‚ by focusing on specialist play‚ leisure activities and extra comfort for the children.
The funds we have raised over the years has been used to buy a specially equipped vehicle to transport the children on medical and social outings, a trampoline to help with physiotherapy sessions and two defibrillators for emergency resuscitation.
A more fun side is the educational outings, summer trips‚ a special present at Christmas time for each child and a maze we built in the grounds of the trust. Most recently the purchase of 8 specialist profiling beds which allow for a more dignified transfer of children in and out of bed and can be used with or without hoists.
We run a number of fund raising events throughout the year and produce a news letter twice yearly which are available on the website, by email or by post as a special request.
It is our aim as a Committee of The Friends of the Children’s Trust to help raise funds and enhance the childrens lives at Tadworth Court. With this in mind, we are aiming to put on some varied events during the coming year and hope to extend our programme. New ideas currently being discussed by the Committee include a curry night, a wine tasting evening, a photography evening, a ladies pamper evening and a Dickensian evening.
We do hope that you will be able to join us in some or all of the events and help us in raising funds for the children. Our contributions made also include Summer days out and not forgetting Christmas presents too.
We welcome any help, be it a donation, becoming a patron or volunteering your time. To see the joy on the childrens faces when they receive an extra present or go on an outing to visit somewhere interesting makes all our efforts and contributions worthwhile. When you make a donation please do not forget to fill in your gift aid declaration. There is a form on this website thats easy to use. You only have to do it once and every little helps. Thank you.
The Leadership Team
The Chairman, Michael Siggers
I have lived in Tadworth since 1999‚ having moved from near Tewksbury in Gloucestershire. I have been a stockbroker‚ a Senior Investment Director and Fund Manager with a leading overseas bank. I am still very much involved in the world of entertainment‚ managing two celebrities. I was first elected chairman in 2004 and have helped throughout the years in organising events to raise funds for the children. My knowledge and entertainment background have been especially useful in putting on a music charity event normally held in November each year.
Deputy Chairman‚ Gerry Murch
I have been in Tadworth for 34 years having previously lived in Wokingham‚ Berkshire. After retiring from my job with Croda International in 1993‚ I volunteered my services and joined the Children’s Trust‚ a wonderful local charity. Later‚ through my work with the Children’s Trust‚ I got involved with the Friends. I have been a volunteer for the Trust for 18 years and a member of the Friends committee since 2002.
Treasurer, John Maynard
My wife and I have been members of the Friends for many years since moving to Tadworth in 1984. Having taken early retirement from a career in Investment Management, I saw that the Friends needed a Treasurer and volunteered. In the ensuing 10 years, I have enjoyed helping with our fund raising events, preparing detailed accounts, liaising with the Children’s Trust and get immense satisfaction every time we write a cheque that helps enhance the lives of the children.
Secretary, Bob Gunn
My wife Jill and I had attended Friends events for a number of years before I joined the Friends as Secretary in 2008. I had recently retired, having had careers in the oil industry and in higher education as an engineer and a planner. I believe there is great value in the work of the Children’s Trust at Tadworth Court and that the Trust is a wonderful national centre of expertise and care for children unfortunate enough to have a brain injury. Through the Friends I hope that I have helped to spread an understanding of the valuable work done at Tadworth Court as well as raise funds to support that work.
Featured biography, Get to know the committee, Vicky Symes
How did you first hear about The Friends and why did you join?
I moved into Tadworth in 1999 and was at that time working full time. I already knew about 'Tadworth Court' and the amazing work that they do with children with disabilities. I had trained as a general nurse and undertaken my paediatric training at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London in 1968. My sister had trained as a paediatric nurse doing most of her training at their 'country branch' at Tadworth Court.
I was therefore interested in supporting this amazing local organisation which had been taken over and renamed The Children’s Trust at Tadworth Court.
I subsequently contacted the volunteers ofice to find out of any need to support their work and was invited to attend my first AGM of the Friends of the Children’s Trust in 2003, at which point I was asked if I would join the Committee.
I hesitated in getting so involved as at that time I spent several weeks abroad so felt that I would not be able to give the ongoing commitment that I would have liked. The immediate reassurance that irrespective of these absences, I would be welcomed 'on board' convinced me to join the friendly and likeminded group.
Which is your favourite event?
I have enjoyed assisting at many of the Friends fundraising events, knowing that the proceeds raised will go directly to enhancing the lives of the children. Having said this, I must admit that my favourite event is the annual Open Garden, generously hosted by Sue Edwards. I have been present at this event over the last twelve years and each year I see amazing changes and developments in her magnificent garden.
Members of the Committee
The committee consists of eleven trustees who run the Friends of the Children’s Trust. We are also lucky to have a number of people who volunteer their time to help at specific events. Everyone involved with the Friends gives up their time voluntarily to support the children looked after by the Children’s Trust.
- Chairman - Michael Siggers
- Deputy Chair - Gerry Murch
- Treasurer - John Maynard
- Secretary - Bob Gunn
- Sarah Davies
- Anne Gradidge
- Jane Hudson
- Claudia Lazell
- Vicky Symes
- James Wall
The Children’s Trust at Tadworth Court