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The Young Lewisham Project

Two members of staff from The Young Lewisham Project together with six other people will form part of a team of eight who will be competing in 24 Heures Velo (website www.24heuresvelo.fr), a 24 hour cycle race taking place at the legendary Le Mans race circuit in France over the August Bank Holiday weekend. The team decided to take up this challenge so they could help raise much needed funds for The Young Lewisham Project, a registered charity (number: 1118469) based in Forest Hill. Established in 1974, it offers a wide range of supportive, alternative vocational programmes to young people who are not succeeding in mainstream education for a variety of reasons. Unfortunately, back in 2015 The Young Lewisham Project which was mostly supported by the local authority had all of it’s funding withdrawn and is now working hard to replace it. Please consider supporting this fundraising initiative which will help ensure the charity can continue to offer young people vocational activities on a weekly basis enabling them to learn new practical skills and lead onto them obtaining …

Sailing the seven seas for ALD Life

Jon Milne is fundraising for ALD Life by going on an exciting adventure across the seven seas in the prestigious 2017 Round the World Clipper Race. Jon is married to the longstanding trustee and treasurer of ALD. Jon has entered a state of temporary retirement while he undertakes the greatest adventure of his life. Setting sail on August the 20th, he will be circumnavigating the world as part of the Clipper 17-18 Round the World Race. As one of a twenty-two member crew taking part in this year’s race, the brainchild of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, he has chosen to take part in the full circumnavigation of the globe and aim to complete the 40,000-mile race which is split into eight legs and will see him sail across five oceans and six continents. The fleet of twelve identically matched 70-foot sea faring racing yachts will be his home for 11 months, with a gruelling 4 hour on, four hours off watch and will take him through some of the most treacherous waters in the world. For nearly twenty years now Jon has had a …

Hundreds of babies and toddlers say GIDDY UP at the rodeo in aid of Demelza

Over these next few weeks local Baby Sensory and Toddler Sense babies and tots will be taking part in a fundraiser raising funds for Demelza Children’s Hospice.    The YEE HA themed fundraiser is in memory of baby John Walsh who passed away in September 2017 from a rare genetic disorder, Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA).  John was a beautiful baby who loved Baby Sensory (Bexley) and the company is now working together across South East London and Kent to raise funds for one the family’s named charity Demelza House. DEMELZA Hospice Care for Children.  It costs over £10.5 million a year to maintain our current service across East Sussex, Kent and South East London but we know there are many more families in need of our care. As a charity we are reliant on the generosity of individuals, schools, clubs and groups who fundraise for Demelza in fun, exciting and inspiring ways. The Baby Sensory & Toddler Sense YEE HA! activities include: Rodeo challenge (exercise event) Cattle Roping (Ribbon lasso and shakers) Entertainment in the ‘Last Chance Saloon’ (musical …

Take a walk on the wild side at St Christopher’s Food Festival and Wild West Fair

Head on down to Green Street Green, Orpington on Saturday 10 June 2017 for St Christopher’s Food Festival & Wild West Fair. From 11am until 4pm the hospice’s summer fair will feature a wonderful array of street and artisan foods for sale, fun-filled western-style entertainment and, an ever-popular dog show. A Rodeo bull will entertain wannabe-cowboys and children will love western-themed games such as ‘tin-can alley’ and ‘cactus’ hoopla.  There will also be a bouncy castle assault course, pony rides, and entertainment in the central arena all day, including Lindy Hop dancing and a magic show. The always entertaining dog show will be at 3pm and costs £3 to enter, per category. Prizes will be awarded to the winning dogs, including for the ‘waggiest tail’ and ‘most handsome dog’. Visitors can wet their whistle at the Pimms and beer tent, or visit one of over twenty food and drink sellers that will be on the Green, many offering award-winning goods. Fresh food will include Venezuelan street food, wood fired pizzas, American frontier food and strawberries …

Link Age Southwark honoured with charity awards 

Local charity Link Age Southwark has been awarded ‘Charity of the Year’ at the 2017 Southwark Stars awards. This award recognises the positive impact of Link Age Southwark’s work combatting isolation and loneliness for over 550 older people in Southwark. The annual Southwark Stars awards, organised by Community Southwark, celebrates the huge contribution of voluntary organisations to life in the Borough. The ‘Charity of the Year’ award was collected by the organisation’s Director, Gemma Juma, at a ceremony at Tate Britain on 2nd May. She said “This award is a huge credit to all of Link Age Southwark’s fantastic volunteers who gave over 17,000 hours of their time last year. Our volunteers should be very proud that the wonderful impact of their volunteering on the lives of older residents has been recognised with this award.” Two of Link Age Southwark’s volunteers, Lucy and Robert, also collected well-deserved Southwark Stars awards for volunteering at the ceremony. Robert is a dedicated befriending volunteer, visiting two older gentlemen weekly. Lucy regularly visits older residents in hospital, as well as …