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Twyford & District Round Table would like to thank Christy and all at Berkshire County Trailers https://www.berkshirecountytrailers.com/ for their amazingly kind donation of a trailer! This will be the base on which we build the new sleigh for our fundraising at the Twyford Christmas fayre and the village visits. For the rest of the Summer/Autumn, Round Table will be constructing the new sleigh. We would gratefully receive any volunteers with a specialist skill in paint/carpentry/electrics & sign writing (we have many unskilled volunteers ready to take direction). The grand unveiling will be at the Village Christmas Fayre.
Please get the dates in your calendar, it’s on the 27th October this year. Booms from 19:30, Gates from 18:30.
Advance Prices (£1 off) will be £7/£4/£1 from sellers to be published closer to the time.
But tickets will be available on the door so do not worry if you can’t get a ticket in advance.
This year’s bonfire is going to be great themed to celebrate the RAF 100 centenary!
There will be a myriad of refreshments and entertainment including:
– Pelham’s Funfair
– A barbeque run by the Scouts
– A drinks tent selling mulled wine, real ales and the usual wines, lagers, ciders, soft drinks and bottles of water
– A tea, coffee, hot chocolate and cakes tent
All profits will be distributed between local charities and we would love to see as many of you there as possible!
What a fantastic night at Twyford Round Table last night, we had two of the charities that we support come along and talk to us about the incredible work that they do – both Daisy’s Dream and the Me2 Club. They are two of the great small local charities we have in the area and it makes us so proud that the money we raise from our local community can go to support the wonderful work that they do. #Rtbi #domore
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:
|Building for the Future|
|Alexander Devine/Alexanders Nurses|
|Twyford Age Concern|
|SERV (Blood bikes)|
|Thames Valley & Chiltern|
|Army of Us|
|Paul Daniels/Debbie (Brain Tumour Research|
|HCPT Handicapped Childrens Pilgrimmage Trust|
|Clic Sargent – Children with Cancer|
For a bit of Background on the charities we’ve supported this year:
|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
|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.|
|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.|
Tonight Twyford & District Round Table have a business meeting to discuss the Charity disbursement for the year.
Twyford Round Table are currently in the process of distributing the funds from our 2015 fund raising activities with Bonfire and Santa’s Sleigh being the two most significant events. We are proud to announce that the charities we will be supporting this year are:
- Yeldall Manor
- Building for the Future
- The Brownies
- Daisy’s Dream
- Me2 Club
- Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice
- Twyford Age Concern
- Twyford Defibrillator
- SERV (Oxford, berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Northamptonshire)
- Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance
- Army of Us
- Home Start
- Thames Valley Hospice
- Kids Cancer Trust
- Round Table Children’s Wish
- Brain Research Trust.
Many thanks to all of you for your kind support and generous donations.
Tomorrow evening (Wednesday) Twyford & District Round Table will be having a business meeting at the The Bird in Hand, Knowl Hill where we will be discussing the charity disbursement for the previous years fundraising. Many members have nominated Charities close to their hearts such as Serv – Oxon, Bucks, Northants & Berks, Daisy’s Dream ,Everything Carys and many others.
Santa Will be visiting bits of Twyford, Charvil & Ruscombe over the next 2 weeks, below is a list of when & where:
|Saturday||07-Dec-13||16:00||Charvil- East Park Farm and Hawthorns||http://goo.gl/qU5OHr|
|18:00||Charvil – North||http://goo.gl/tJs2OW|
|Wednesday||11-Dec-13||18:30||Charvil – Gingells and Chiltern Drive||http://goo.gl/H0pVN4|
|18:00||Contigency / Mop Up||TBC|
A Pleasant evening at the village fair, many children saw Santa, we will be starting our village visits from tomorrow.
We’re very proud that a few blokes can put on one of Twyford’s biggest annual community events in our spare time. We have a lot of fun building our bonfire every year on the last Friday of October. Tablers pull together to pile palettes, topping them off with the garden waste of the great and the good of Twyford. Always lots of hard work (which some of us are more used to than others) and a lot of laughing. Saturday is spent fetching and erecting the fireworks and tents, selling tickets and preparing all the catering. Again it’s alot of work but, if the weather is good, we make some serious money for local good causes, this year approximately £9000
If you’re interested in helping out next year, please get in touch to find out about joining us.
Well done to James for the overall organisation of a successful event this year.
The Twyford Advertiser were there on the night and also have some great pictures of the from the event’