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Link Age Southwark Big Give Christmas Challenge

We are delighted to let you know that Link Age Southwark are participating in the Big Give Christmas Challenge 2017. This is an exciting opportunity to double the value of your donation to Link Age Southwark. The challenge runs from midday Tuesday 28th November to midday Tuesday 5th December. This year, Link Age Southwark are raising money for transport to their annual Christmas Party and activity groups in the coming months. Transport is an invaluable service for their older members, enabling them to get out of the house more and stay connected to their local community. This is May. May is 99 and grew up in Bermondsey. She sadly lost her husband when she was 65 and her son lives in Australia. A volunteer driver brings May to Link Age Southwark’s bridge and lunch group. She says “I joined Link Age Southwark when I was 85. I was lonely and bored but by going to the groups I’ve met some wonderful friendly people. I feel extremely lucky and I’m very grateful to Link Age Southwark for bringin joy to …

London Christmas trees that keep on giving

London’s favourite and most ethical treetailer The Christmas Forest has ten pop-up festive, farm-like stores across London.  From the end of November they will be selling a fabulous selection of sustainably grown, freshly cut Christmas trees that don’t drop their needles and that will look beautiful throughout the season.   There will be different varieties including potted living trees and a huge range of sizes all displayed in a forest-like setting.  All their trees are sustainably grown and mainly from the UK to save on ‘tree miles’ and their shops are set up in a way to give customers and families a wonderful Christmas experience.  Holly, wreaths, mistletoe and treats for the kids too! For every tree sold, The Christmas Forest donates to plant a tree in the African drylands through Tree Aid.  205,206 trees planted to date, changing lives for thousands of some of the most deprived and families in the world.  Come and wander through and pick your perfect Christmas tree and enjoy an extra festive glow knowing your trees means life, not just Christmas or log on …

Emer Casey Memorial London 10k

Herne Hill Harriers are once again preparing for the Emer Casey Memorial London 10k which takes place in Brockwell Park on Sunday 29 October 2017 at 9.30am. This is an event with a unique history. Emer Casey, the youngest of five daughters of Brendan and Juliette Casey died when she was just 28 years old following a short and brave battle against ovarian/uterine cancer in 2006. Her untimely death had such an enormous impact on her family, friends, colleagues and everybody that knew her that a decade on from her death her legacy lives on. Her family vowed that the best way to honour her memory was to establish the Emer Casey Foundation, determined that nobody else should suffer the same fate as Emer. Ten years on the Foundation – a charity dedicated to fundraising which will help to support research into ovarian and uterine cancer and improve the lives of women diagnosed with the disease – continues to go from strength to strength. So far it has raised almost €1 million and has no …

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 …