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2106 Charities

At last nights AGM the Charity disbursement was ratified by the  members, I am pleased to announce that the money raised this year by Twyford & Districts Round table will be distributed between the following charities:

Charity Name

Yeldall Manor
Building for the Future
Daisy’s Dream
Camp Mohawk
Me2 club
Launchpad
Alexander Devine/Alexanders Nurses
Twyford Age Concern
Sportsable
SERV (Blood bikes)
Thames Valley & Chiltern
Air Ambulance
Army of Us
Home Start
Paul Daniels/Debbie (Brain Tumour Research
HCPT Handicapped Childrens Pilgrimmage Trust
RTCW-RoundTableChildrensWish
Stroke Association
Clic Sargent – Children with Cancer

For a bit of Background on the charities we’ve supported this year:

Charity Name

Description

1. Yeldall Manor Yeldall Manor is a residential rehabilitation centre, set in 38 acres of Berkshire countryside near Reading. For nearly 40 years, we have been helping men to overcome serious drug or alcohol addictions and return to society to live new lives, drug, alcohol and crime free.
We believe that recovery is possible and that recovery is not just abstinence. It involves learning to live comfortably as a sober, productive member of the community. It involves learning how to work, develop personal relationships, strengthen family ties, and enjoy positive leisure activities – all without the need for drugs or alcohol.
2. Building for the Future Building for the Future was set up in 2007 by a group of mums of disabled children.  Our dream was to raise enough money for a community centre for disabled children and their families in Wokingham Borough and surrounding areas.  After seven years of hard work, alongside caring for our children, the centre called ‘Our House’ was opened in May 2014 by the Earl and Countess of Wessex.  Since then we have been absolutely inundated with families wanting to join and currently have in excess of 250, as well as many groups working with disabled children who use the building regularly. Unlike most charities we remain 100% volunteer run, with every penny raised going towards the running of our building and offering unique activities.  We rely solely on donations from our community to run and so while most of our work goes towards the running of Our House, we also engage in ongoing fundraising in order to keep going. More families are becoming members all the time and so we are getting busier by the day.  We are unique centre, such as which does not exist anywhere else locally and we provide a unique service, offering activities such as Saturday Clubs, Autism drop-in days, Youth Groups, Physiotherapy courses, Sessions for young adults with profound learning disabilities as well as parent support, amongst others.
3. Daisy’s Dream Daisy’s Dream supports children and their families who have been affected by the life threatening illness or bereavement of someone close to them.
The death or serious illness of a significant person in a child’s life can be devastating and difficult to understand. It can have a major impact on life at home, school life, and friendships.
Parents, carers and professionals can contact us here at Daisy’s Dream for advice on ways to support children and young people. Our professionally qualified family workers can provide information and advice as well as direct support for children in their homes or schools.
We believe that children can learn to cope with death and serious illness if they are given opportunities to understand what has happened and the chance to express their grief.
4. Camp Mohawk Camp Mohawk is a multi-functional day centre for children with special needs, set in beautiful countryside just outside Wargrave, Berkshire. Throughout the year the centre provides a range of activities, facilities and natural space to encourage children with a variety of special needs to play, socialise and learn in a secure, caring and non-judgemental environment. Camp Mohawk is an ideal venue for a group visit, family day out or a school trip. Camp Mohawk is suitable for a broad spectrum of special needs including those on the autistic spectrum.
5. Me2 club The Me2 Club, a Wokingham Borough Charity, recognises that many children with additional needs cannot access mainstream activities unless they are offered some extra support.
The Me2 Club enables children and young people aged 5 to 19 years old with additional needs to participate in mainstream activities playing and socialising alongside other children. This is made possible by providing a trained volunteer to offer one to one support.
The Me2 Club offers support at organised out of school activities such as uniformed groups, youth clubs, sports, arts and social activities.
6. Launchpad (Reading) Launchpad is a charity that helps some of Reading’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged people to turn their lives around and fulfil their potential.
We provide three services to prevent homelessness in Reading:
Housing with support. We can house 116 people and with individual targeted support we help people to get their lives back on track
Preventing homelessness. Our Floating Support service is for anyone in unsuitable accommodation or at risk of becoming homeless
Drop-in. Our Drop-in service is for anyone in Reading who needs housing or homelessness related advice. We can help prevent a problem becoming a crisis
We began as a soup kitchen in 1979 and we were known as Reading Single Homeless Project until 2011. Today, we’re called Launchpad Reading. Based in bright premises in central Reading, we provide accommodation, support and education to people in the town who need our help.”
7. Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice /Alexander’s Nurses Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service now funds Alexander’s Nurses who support families across Berkshire in their own homes, providing much needed respite, palliative care, emotional and practical support. We are working towards building Berkshire’s very own children’s hospice for these local families which will be supported by a home care team.
Our ethos is that the child is central to everything that we do. We work in partnership with families and local hospitals so that we can provide ‘joined-up’ support that really benefits each and every family. We always listen and learn so that we can deliver a flexible service which meets their changing needs.
Our charity was founded by parents who wholly understand what these families are experiencing. We feel privileged to be supporting these exceptional children and their families – please join us as we work to make their difficult journeys just that little bit easier.
8. Twyford Age Concern We are a registered charity whose aim is to assist elderly residents in the area to maintain their independence and quality of life. We serve the local villages of Twyford, Hurst, Wargrave, Sonning, Ruscombe and Charvil.   Our small, friendly adult day centre is here to help those who are frail, lonely or isolated and to offer respite to their carers. We have a duty of care to our members – their happiness and wellbeing is our priority. We provide a stimulating, caring and active environment, offering companionship as well as respite care and its small, intimate setting encourages members to talk to each other and to staff.
9. SportsAble *NEW* Based in Berkshire, the award winning SportsAble specialises in disability sport, offering a mix of weekly fun sports and serious training sessions for national, international and Paralympic competitions.
Passionate about accessibility, each sport has its own adapted equipment such as: a fully equipped indoor archery and air weapons shooting range (with technology to assist visually impaired shooters); wheelchair accessible table tennis tables; wheelchair accessible golf buggies; ball and stone ramps for boccia and kurling plus many adapted pieces of kit for field athletics.
For just £50 a year members can take part in over 12 different sports and activities including archery, boccia, canoe and kayaking, new age kurling, golf, table tennis, ten pin bowling, pool, wheelchair basketball, swimming and more.
The award-winning SportsAble has a membership of 450+ and is made up of athletes and their families, volunteers, coaches and supporters.
Members have represented Great Britain in Paralympic squads 49 times over the last 41 years. Many medalled Paralympians (such as expert archer Kathy Critchlow-Smith) still train and coach at the centre on a regular basis.

National Charities with a local Presence

Charity Name Description
10. SERV (Medical Transport) SERV exists to provide the facilities and resources which allows their volunteer members to deliver this vital service – a Rapid Response Medical Transport Service
Transporting urgently needed medical items including Blood, Blood Products, Biological Samples, Vaccines, Medical Notes, X-Rays, Scans & Donor Breast Milk to Hospitals Out of Hours. Free of Charge to the NHS
11. Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance On average 3 people every day, will find themselves in a life-threatening situation – a situation that requires urgent high quality medical treatment at the scene before they reach hospital. With your help our air ambulance team, led by a highly qualified doctor, can be there within minutes ready to deliver the same level of care that would only otherwise be found in the hospital emergency department.
12. Army of Us Army of Us was started to help fight Rett Syndrome. We can help you realise your awareness and fundraising goals by offering you our expertise in fundraising, marketing, design, web and social media. We don’t take payment for our services. We are run as a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee.  As individuals, we all have our own charities we support. We raise money, hold events and do the other things we’ve always done, but that has no bearing on us helping you – or you us. How you choose to donate any money raised – whether for your own child’s needs or for a Charity – is your personal choice. We only ask that it is used to help someone with, or passed onto a cause that helps with, Rett Syndrome or a related condition.
13. Home Start Home-Start helps families with young children deal with whatever life throws at them. We support parents as they learn to cope, improve their confidence and build better lives for their children. The benefits of our support include improved health and well-being and better family relationships.
14. Paul Daniels/Debbie McGee (Brain Tumour Research) *NEW* Debbie has now launched a new pin badge – featuring a white rabbit in a pink top hat to raise funds for Brain Tumour Research.
Debbie McGee is working with the charity Brain Tumour Research to raise awareness of the disease.
She has launched a new pin badge – featuring a white rabbit in a pink top hat – to help generate funds for the charity.
15. HPCT   Handicapped Children’s Pilgrimage Trust *NEW* Peter Needham”HCPT the pilgrimage trust” is a registered national charity that takes between 1,000 and 2,000 disadvantaged children away for a life changing holiday for a week at Easter to lourdes.  The children can have physical, emotional or developmental needs and some come from the local area. The week provides the family with respite and the chance to recharge batteries.  We operate in small groups of around 25 with 10 children and the rest being helpers group leader etc. Every year we raise the fairs of £770 per child to pay for the 10 children in our group plus additional funds for trips etc.
The children came from all backgrounds and do not have to have any religious beliefs.
Last year we had a girl with us from a broken home when the father had been abusive but since left the family. Her reaction to being told off was to run and hide – you can imagine why.  At the start of the week she did not want to join in, be part of the activities such as the beach trip, mountain expedition or zoo visit and was clearly withdrawn.  Bit by bit we discovered her love of animals, football and pizza! And her wicked sense of humour.  She started to help pushing the wheelchairs and at the end of the week she tellingly said to me “I am having fun I want to stay here”.
We have never left a child behind and did not do on this occasion but we made a difference for a week and showed her fun and  what life really can be like.
I travel to help when I can about 8 times in the last 10 years and will be going this Easter.
When I knock on the door for Santa’s  sleigh collection for local children’s charity I always think that HCPT fills the brief and ask that you feel able to support our trip this  Easter
Peter Needham 41 club and table chair circa 1997.

National Charities

Charity Name

Description

16. RTCW Round Table Children’s Wish is a registered, charitable company dedicated to granting ‘handcrafted’ wishes for children and young people with life threatening illnesses.
We pride ourselves on our supportive and caring approach to the granting of wishes. We do our best to make sure that every wish has been ‘handcrafted’ in its own special way so that it meets the needs of each, individual child, young person and their wider family circumstances. No two families are the same so why should the wishes be!
17. Stroke Association We provide high quality, up-to-date stroke information for stroke patients, their families and carers
Every year there are approximately 152,000 strokes in the UK. That’s one stroke every three and a half minutes. Most people affected are over 65, but anyone can have a stroke, including children and even babies.
Stroke changes lives. It can have a huge effect on you and your family. You will most likely want to know as much as you can about what practical, emotional and financial support is available.
18. CLIC Sargent CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, and their families. We provide clinical, practical and emotional support to help children and young people cope with cancer and get the most out of life.
When cancer strikes young lives CLIC Sargent helps families limit the damage cancer causes beyond their health.
Cancer doesn’t discriminate. Today, 11 more children and young people will hear the devastating news that they have cancer. From diagnosis, CLIC Sargent’s specialist care teams will step in, ready to help, support and guide. They will provide a specialist package of support tailored to each young cancer patient and family.

Business Meeting

Tonight we have a business meeting at the @birdinhandKH With 2 speakers one special constable and one first responder. #roundtable #domore

Community First Responder John giving a chat about his role and the equipment carried.

Thanks also to other John working as a special officer in the roads policing team for a very engaging discussion about your role.