All posts tagged: charity

Catford Christmas tree charity aims for biggest year yet

Lewisham based social action project, Jericho Road is aiming to sell 700 Christmas trees for charity, in an effort to give a gift to the homeless. Kings Christmas Trees, which is run by Kings Church London, is gearing up for its biggest year yet. All proceeds from the trees, which are premium Normann Firs driven down from Scotland for the project, go to providing meals for the homeless through the Jericho Road Project. Over the nine years the project has been operating, Kings has seen the Christmas trees ordered by customers grow significantly. The most popular size for trees is now six or seven foot, which always sell out first. However, the project also supplies trees to schools, colleges and large-scale organisations, with the biggest tree it sells being 10 feet. Over the last nine years the project has sold 3,545 trees, and it is aiming to sell 700 this year, more than ever before as they mark their 10-year anniversary. The trees will be available to order from early November. “King’s Christmas Trees started …

Peckham to welcome Syrian refugee family

Peckham Sponsors Refugees will meet with a Home Office representative in the next few weeks to seek pre-approval to re-home a refugee family fleeing conflict and devastation in Syria. The family is expected to arrive in the community early next year. Peckham Sponsors Refugees, which has been supported by around 100 locals, has worked tirelessly over a period of months to prepare for the family’s arrival and get all the necessary plans in place, culminating in handing in what Tim Finch, a local resident who is founding director of Sponsor Refugees, said is ‘the most thorough and comprehensive application I have seen.’ The group has found a home for the family, raised funds to help support them when they arrive, and drawn up a safeguarding and resettlement plan. The group has also sourced an Arabic translator and researched educational and support services available to help the family settle into the area when they arrive. Over the next few months, the Home Office will complete final checks to ensure the community is ready to house the …

Local resident takes on 100 Miles in aid of Operation Smile

A true legacy of the 2012 Games Local resident, Helen Carmichael, is taking to the track to support Operation Smile. The Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100 is one of the biggest cycling events of the year and an endurance test like no other. Helen Carmichael: “Why did I choose to Support Operation Smile? How could you not want to give a child a smile? When a stranger smiles at you in the street it can change your whole day – everyone should be able to give that gift to other people. I have a little girl and I could not imagine how it would affect her. I hope if she ever needs help like this, someone will be kind enough to get involved” Karen Jaques (Operation Smile UK, CEO): “Our fundraisers are instrumental to our work – without them, we would not be able to provide free surgeries for so many children in need around the world. Those born with a cleft condition in developing countries face not only physical complications, but are often subjected to severe social …

Chair required for Link Age Southwark’s board of trustees

Link Age Southwark is seeking a new chair of its board of trustees to carry on the fantastic work of their current chairperson who is stepping down in the Autumn. The charity is in good financial shape, with a great team of staff and fellow volunteer trustees who are all completely dedicated to the charity’s cause. If you possess good leadership skills, have a passion about the issues facing older people in our society and are keen to take on the responsibility of the governance ofa great charity as well as leading it to build more success in the future, this is the opportunity for you. Link Age Southwark is a successful, award winning, vibrant, local charity providing support to over 600 people over 60 in Southwark through its free volunteer services including: befriending; activity groups; transport and light gardening and DIY. Link Age Southwark also provide specialist support to people of all ages with a diagnosis of mild to moderate dementia, with dedicated groups and befriending on offer. Over 500 volunteers are engaged in providing …

Visit The Royal Gardens at Highgrove with the Mark Evison Foundation

The Mark Evison Foundation would like to warmly invite you to join them at The Royal Gardens at Highgrove on 27th June – a wonderful time in the garden, with the wild meadow at its best. Created with imagination and passion by HRH The Prince of Wales over the last 38 years, the series of interlinked organic gardens reflect his deep commitment to sustainability, as well as a natural artistic ability. As an important haven for a rich variety of flora and fauna, the gardens have been developed to not only please the eye, but sit in succinct harmony with nature. Arrival is at 10.30am to take high-quality garden tours in small groups led by one of Highgrove’s expert guides. This popular two-hour tour explores the breadth and width of the Royal Gardens at Highgrove, taking in the magnificence of the Thyme Walk to the serene, otherworldly setting of The Stumpery, and everything in between. This tour will reveal the stories behind each distinctive space, and how The Prince shaped the landscape into a series of …