The Friends of the Children’s Trust were pleased to announce our first event in May 2021 following the long period of Covid-19 restrictions. We hope to gain momentum once again with our fundraisers now the virus is mostly under control and we can all meet in safety by following the Government guidelines.
We now have a new dedicated email address for contacting the Friends. Please update your contacts and use our new email address for future contact.
After 17 years, our Chairperson Michael Siggers has decided to retire from the Committee. At the same time our Secretary, Bob Gunn and Committee members, Anne Gradidge, Vicky Symes and James Wall have stood down. We are so very grateful to all of them for their many years of sterling service. We have enjoyed working alongside them and thank them for their wisdom, effort and guidance during those years.
We have been assured that this is not goodbye and that their support for our amazing charity will continue albeit in different ways. As such, we look forward to welcoming them to future events.
We are excited to be welcoming new members to our Committee. Judy Turnbull has joined as our new Secretary and we are delighted also that Nicole Duke and Michelle Whiteley are joining our number also. Sarah Davies has agreed to take on the role as Chair and she will be supported by our Deputy Chairperson (Gerry Murch), Treasurer (John Maynard) and existing Committee members (Jane Hudson and Claudia Lazell).
2021 Halloween Trail
In Autumn, The Friends hosted our very first family event with a Halloween Trail held in Jubilee Woodland, Tadworth. Children of all ages were invited to hunt and piece together our ghostly clues in order to win a prize. There was plenty of fun had by the adults too, with unlimited hot drinks coupled with generous portions of cakes and tempting treats so kindly supplied by our talented local bakers.
To our delight, local families arrived in their droves. In total 149 children completed the hunt, which in addition to raffle ticket and bake sales, meant a grand total of £1132.51 was raised. To those that attended, our on-site committee members and all the dedicated bakers, we extend our sincere thanks.
Celtic Contracts Golf Day
On 16 September 2021, Celtic generously hosted a Golf Day at the RAC Club in Epsom in aid of the Friends. Our Treasurer was invited to a luncheon after the golf and told the audience of around 100 golfers about the work of The Children‘s Trust who help children with brain injuries and how the Friends raise monies to enhance the lives of the children there.
Celtic had arranged for a professional MC to host the event. He presided over the prize giving ceremony for the winning teams in each category and generated a great atmosphere in which to hold an auction£of donated prizes which raised around £6,000. Overall, the event raised the magnificent total of £13,054.00 for the Friends.This very generous donation will go a long way to enhancing the lives of the children at the trust. We are greatly indebted to Celtic for thinking of the Friends.
2021, Tour of Sue Edwards spring garden
Clear blue skies and warm sunshine made the recent Bank Holiday Monday just perfect for the Open Garden held by Sue Edwards in Tadworth in aid of The Children’s Trust. Visitors to this glorious garden together with plant sales, refreshments and a raffle, enabled a record £1,300 to be raised. The Friends of the Children’s Trust would like to say an enormous thank you to Sue for welcoming us back into her garden and hosting our first fundraising event in more than a year.
Our thanks also to many supporters who came and helped to make this a special day in particular members of the Open Group and neighbours whose delicious home made cakes were enjoyed throughout the day.
If you have any fundraising ideas that you would like to share with us, please do let us know.
For many of you who pay your subscriptions at this time of year by cheque, your annual subscriptions will now be due. Our suggested minimum subscription is £10 per annum, but many of you kindly pay more and, as you know, everything you contribute helps us to help the children at The Children’s Trust. It would greatly assist with our administration if you would consider paying by bankers standing order. To obtain the requisite form please send an email and we shall send one by return.
We are always looking to increase our membership and if you know of anyone who would be interested to join us, please ask them to get in touch.
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