All posts tagged: charity

Tracey’s Race to Walk – Parkrun challenge

In a bid to increase awareness of her Go Fund Me Page for life changing stem cell treatment Tracey Hergest (37) will be attempting to complete 10 local parkruns in different locations during 2019. Parkrun is a weekly, free, timed 5km race taking place at 9am in parks all over the world and open to everyone to take part. Tracey, suffering severely from Multiple Sclerosis, can’t run at the moment, in fact she can only walk a short distance with sticks. So, she can only take on this challenge with the help of her willing runner friends who will help push and  carry where needed her wheelchair around each course with Tracey herself attempting to walk as much of the last part of the course as she can. This really is a race to walk for Tracey who may soon not be able to take part at all without the treatment she so desperately needs. Parkruns where you will see Tracey and her team of helpers. 5th January – Dartford Park, Dartford 12th January – Danson Park, Bexley 19th …

Link Age Southwark Big Give Christmas Challenge

Link Age Southwark is a vibrant, local volunteering charity supporting older people experiencing feelings of loneliness and isolation. Their fantastic network of volunteering provide befriending, group activities, volunteer transport and light DIY and gardening services. Last year, with the help of their fantastic friends and supporters, Link Age Southwark raised £22,314 through the Big Give Christmas Challenge, an online match funding campaign, which doubles the value of a donation. This money was used to fund transport older people to group activities and parties throughout the year. This year, the charity is taking part in the campaign again with the opportunity to raise £25,000 to fund their 24 social and activity groups, which include gentle chair-based exercise, singing, reminiscence and three groups specifically for people living with dementia. The groups help to ensure that the older people of Southwark can age healthily and happily, meet new people and remain part of the local community. Link Age Southwark’s newest group start in December 2017 with members meeting every other Monday to enjoy a varied programme of activities. …

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 …