The Friends of the Children's Trust. Who we are and what we do for the children

Our mission is to help the children get more out of their lives, have more fun and enjoyment whilest spending their time with The Children's Trust.

We spread awareness of the crucial work of The Children's Trust and 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 of the Children’s Trust run a number of fund raising events throughout the year and produce a news letter twice yearly which is available on the website, by email or by post as a special request.

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. We have built a Maze within the Leisure Trail at Tadworth Court. At Christmas we make a donation for Christmas outings and children’s presents.

We have helped the Trust with their Assistive Technology to help the children with their social interactions and have provided the funds for the children to have a welcome break and holiday.

Just like most children today enjoy helping Mum and Dad, we have bought specialised kitchen equipment so they can play and make their own food and recently we purchased eight 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 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.

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 Chair, Sarah Davies

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, Judy Turnbull

Having lived locally with my family for over 30 years, it's impossible not to be aware of the reputation and invaluable work carried out at The Children's Trust so I was delighted to join the Friends upon my recent retirement as school business manager for Walton on the Hill Primary School. I am still acting as clerk to the governing bodies of both Tadworth and Walton primary schools and am looking forward to using those same skills to support the trustees whichever way I can.

Members of the Committee

The committee consists of eight 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.  

  • Chair - Sarah Davies
  • Deputy Chair - Gerry Murch
  • Treasurer - John Maynard
  • Secretary - Judy Turnbull
  • Jane Hudson
  • Claudia Lazell
  • Nicole Duke
  • Michelle Whiteley

The Children’s Trust at Tadworth Court