Category: Charity

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March 30th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

EAST Grinstead’s Liz Glenister, volunteer and founder of Hypopara UK, has been named the winner of Britain’s Best Volunteer award. Liz faced stiff competition from hundreds of nominations for volunteers across Britain and reached the final alongside four other remarkable charity workers selected by award judges Judith Miller, Trustee of Small Charities Coalition, Andy Partington, the Director of Markel UK and Vicky Browning, Director of CharityComms.

Liz was named the winner following a close public vote and was presented with a cheque for £1,250 for Hypopara UK, as well as £1,000 in holiday vouchers for her own personal use.

On finding out she had won the Britain’s Best Volunteer award, Liz said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to have won this award which I see as a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness about the rare condition, hypoparathyroidism, and our small but far-reaching charity, Hypopara UK.

“We are raising funds for vital stem cell research at the moment so this prize will really help. Thank you to everyone who voted, to my committee who nominated me and well done to all the finalists who all work so hard and represent such worthy causes.”

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Liz, 61, founded Hypopara UK in July 2005 after her experience of living with undiagnosed brittle hypoparathyroidism following surgery for thyroid cancer in 1992.

She was inspired to do something after finding there was little information about hypoparathyroidism (a condition where a diminished concentration of parathyroid hormone causes deficiencies in calcium and phosphorus, leading to muscular spasms and kidney problems) available to those diagnosed with the condition. 

After receiving a £300 start-up loan from the Hypopara Association in the US, she grew the online forum to 200 members in a short space of time and started building a team of highly regarded specialists. 

Since then, Liz has produced numerous information leaflets for health organisations, set up two telephone helplines for sufferers, assisted other hypopara charities around the world (most recently in Australia) and contributed to the BTA Thyroid Cancer guidelines, all whilst raising a family and managing her own hypoparathyroidism condition. 

Aisling Duffy, who nominated Liz alongside Isabel Wray da Silva, said “This charity has changed my life and I owe it all to Liz – without her all Hypoparathyroidism sufferers would still be unaware of the help and information out there.”

Photo top: Liz (right) and her nominator, Isabel. Below – Liz talks about her charity 

 

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March 22nd, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

THE Caravan Club helped to raise more than £21,000 for charity on Friday, when employees stayed on after work to man the only official BBC Sport Relief call centre in Sussex.  

An impressive £21,577 in donations was taken on the phones, while The Caravan Club head quarters raised a further £2,000 through a number of fundraising events which took place throughout the week.

Sports personalities Jamie Baulch, Derek Redmond, Amy Williams and Sophie Bray joined in to support the staff and take part in games throughout the evening.

Nick Lomas, Director General of The Caravan Club, said “We wanted to do something to be a good neighbour and help in the community here in East Grinstead. It was a great opportunity for staff to come together and do some team work on something completely different from their normal day job.

Harvey Alexander, Director of Marketing, agreed. “It’s a great initiative that has come from within The Club. It was our contact centre that suggested we get involved with Sport Relief and we’re delighted to be the only contact centre in Sussex.

“It was a fun-filled evening taking those really important donations for a really good cause. We had more than 100 volunteers manning the phones, so it was a real team effort.”

* Of all the money raised by the public through Sport Relief, 50% is used to make a difference right here in the UK, and 50% goes towards transforming lives across the world’s poorest communities. In the last two year, Sport Relief cash has helped to enable:

  • More than 189,000 children to attend school and get an education;
  • 16,500 people get the support they need to improve their mental health,
  • More than 734,000 children to be given life-saving vaccines, and
  • Funding for 23 projects that support people living with dementia.

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March 21st, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

STAFF at Gatwick have chosen St Catherine’s hospice as the airports charity partner for the next two years, and Cancer Research UK as its national charity partner.

St Catherine’s is a charity which provides free end-of-life care for patients with terminal illnesses, treating them either at the hospice in Crawley or in their own homes across the area, including East Grinstead.

It also supports families as they go through the difficult process of losing someone they love.

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March 18th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

THIS weekend is Sport Relief when the nation will be taking part in fundraisers which will benefit charities at home and abroad. So if you are organising a sporting challenge, send us your photos and we’ll put up a gallery to say “Well done, East Grinstead.”

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March 16th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

EAST Grinstead supermarket Sainsbury’s is backing Sport Relief with a number of events over the coming month, including a rowing and cycling challenge at the front of the store on Friday.

Merchandise including T-shirts, wristbands, softballs and yo-yos, is now available for sale in store with all profits going to Sport Relief.

Four-time Paralympic champion Ellie Simmonds, who is  backing Sainsbury’s fundraisers, said: “Sport Relief is one of the UK’s biggest fundraising events and I encourage everyone in East Grinstead to get involved by taking part in the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games or buying some of the fun Sport Relief products available in store.

“Sport Relief does great work and it’s brilliant to see the enthusiasm for this year’s event. With Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games events happening right across the country, I encourage people to take part and do themselves proud.”

Sport Relief 2016 will take place from Friday 18 to Sunday 20 March when you can run, swim, cycle or even walk yourself proud at events across the country. There’s a distance for everyone, whether you’re sporty or not. Find out more at www.sportrelief.com

Comic Relief is a UK charity, which aims to create a just world, free from poverty. The money raised by Comic Relief, through its fundraising campaigns Red Nose Day and Sport Relief as well as other initiatives, is spent at home in the UK and across the world to help people, families and whole communities stand on their own two feet.

By raising cash this Sport Relief, you’ll help people living incredibly tough lives. 50% of all the money raised by the public for Sport Relief is used to make a difference, right here at home in the UK. The other 50% is used to transform lives across the world’s poorest communities.

 

 

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March 15th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

IF you’re looking for a challenge and are not afraid of a bit of mud, it’s time to get down and dirty in aid of a great cause.

Children’s charity Action Medical Research has a limited number of places at the popular Mud Monsters Run in East Grinstead on 29 May.

The race offers three options: a 5k route ideal for first-timers, a 10k option for those not-so-clean freaks and a 20k challenge, comprising two laps of the 10k route, if you want to really wallow in the mud.

The Mud Monsters courseoffers muddy puddles, filthy fields, wet woodland tracks, slimy river crossings, deep squelchy bogs and many more grimy obstacles for you to enjoy.

New for 2016 is the Triple Dipped Challenge which involves running a total of 35km by  finishing each of the individual distances (5km, 10km and 20km). Anyone who signs up to this muddy challenge will receive a unique three-piece medal and a special challenge t-shirt as well as a regular Mud Monsters Run tech tee and all three individual medals too.

Those running for Action Medical Research, whether as a team or an individual, will receive a 10 per cent discount on the registration fee: just go to mudmonstersrun.co.uk to sign up and enter the code ACTION2016.

Mud Monsters will donate a further 10 per cent of the registration fee to Action Medical Research, and runners will get a T-shirt, goody bag and medal, plus there will be free photos of you getting grimy.

Runners can log on to action.org.uk/support-us/create-sponsorship-page to set up their fundraising page to help fund medical research to save and change the lives of sick and disabled babies and children. The Action Medical Research events team will support you all the way with fundraising tips and advice.

Action Medical Research has been funding medical breakthroughs since it began in 1952. The charity is currently funding research into many conditions, including preventing early labour and developing treatments for sick and vulnerable babies, helping children with disabilities and tackling rare diseases for which there are currently no cures.

For more information on the Mud Monsters Run, visit action.org.uk/mud-monsters-run

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March 14th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline
THE East Grinstead Meridian Rotary Club raised more than more than £600 for the Marie Curie Great Daffodil Appeal with their street collection in the town on 5 March.
It was the third time the group had collected on behalf of the charity which provides nursing care for people with terminal illness in our local community, and the collection brought the total they have now raised to more than £2,000.

 

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March 14th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

33331 (07)WORTH Abbey and Grounds in Paddockhurst Road, Turners Hill will be open for the National Gardens Scheme in April.

The gardens of the iconic Worth Abbey Church, set in 500 acres on a ridge of the High Weald, have views towards the South Downs and offer pleasant walks around the monastery/school grounds including a bijou Pinetum, the Quiet Garden, pond and wildlife-rich woodland.

There is a Livery stables and sheep grazing, and tea and cake will be served in the Cowdray Room, a Victorian room with a frieze depicting the history of travel.

The active English Benedictine monastery and Abbey Church with Clock Tower and Model Farm were built by Robert Whitehead, inventor of the Torpedo.

Open: Thursday 14 April, Sunday 17 April (2 – 5pm). Admission £4.50, children free. Cream teas.

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March 14th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline
THE Caravan Club, which has its HQ at East Grinstead House, will be the only Sport Relief Centre in Sussex taking calls and raising vital funds for the charity this Friday, when various top sports personalities will be helping to take pledges, and joining in fun and games.
Photo top:  East Grinstead MP Sir Nicholas Soames with Nick Lomas, Director General of the Caravan Club during his visit to the new and refurbished offices in East Grinstead on 2 May, 2014.

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March 13th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

THIS year’s London to Brighton Bike Ride, which takes a route through Turners Hill, will take place on 19 June.

The annual event, which attracts thousands of cyclists, raises money for the British Heart Foundation.

Registration to take part is now open with adult entry at £40, under 18s £35.

You can also take on the ride as a team. Join as a team leader and the BHF will send you an email with all the information on signing up other team members.

Riders aged 14 – 17  will need to have the consent of a parent or guardian to take part in the bike ride. A consent form will be sent to you when you’ve registered.

All riders are asked to pledge a minimum of £200 sponsorship for the London to Brighton Bike Ride which helps researchers to make more discoveries.

Entry includes:
a Welcome Pack with a ride guide, fundraising ideas and information about the event
training guidance
fundraising support
medical support
mechanical support
water available at the start, en route and at the finish

If you would like more information on the London to Brighton Bike Ride, get in touch, Monday – Friday 9am to 5pm

Email: bikeride@bhf.org.uk
Telephone: 0300 456 8355

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March 12th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

THERE’S a street collection in East Grinstead today, towards the cost of keeping the Kent, Surrey and Sussex ambulance service in the air.

The KSS Air Ambulance Trust is a registered charity dating back to 1989 and exists to relieve sick and injured people in South East England  by providing a Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) for the benefit of the community.

Responding to 999 calls and operating from Marden in Kent and Redhill in Surrey, helicopters fly at speeds of up to 150mph and between them can reach any part of Kent, Surrey or Sussex in under 25 minutes flying time.

Their highly skilled teams of Specialist Doctors and Critical Care Paramedics effectively bring the equivalent of an A&E department to the scene of an incident, and they can transport patients to the most appropriate specialist unit or nearest major hospital in a fraction of the time taken by land ambulance.

But the Air Ambulance relies almost entirely upon donations to keep the service going.

The Air Ambulance has attended over 25,000 incidents and continues to be available to every person living, working and travelling through our counties, should they ever need it.

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March 12th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

THE East Grinstead Cotton Club, a town sewing group, is holding a vintage tea party today to raise funds for The Eve Appeal, the only national gynaecological cancer research charity in the UK funding world-class research to save women’s lives.

The tea party is being held between 2.30pm and 4.30pm at the Jubilee Community Centre in Charlwoods Road as part of the charity’s Make Time for Tea campaign in support of ovarian cancer awareness month.

Cotton Club member and Eve Appeal trustee, Jenny Leonard, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer when in her thirties.

This devastating news came as a terrible shock but after excellent treatment and care Jenny has gone on to lead a healthy and fulfilling life because her cancer was diagnosed early.

Sadly, many women do not survive and of 7000 women diagnosed with ovarian cancer this year 4200 will die. The Eve Appeal aims to change this.

Athena Lamnisos, Chief Executive of The Eve Appeal said “We are really grateful to the East Grinstead Cotton Club for this superb support – events like this are so important in raising awareness of gynaecological cancers whilst also raising vital funds for our important research.”

This year Vogue magazine has donated vintage apron patterns to the Make Time for Tea campaign so the Cotton Club ladies have had great fun making vintage ‘pinnies’ to wear at the tea party.

As well as selling tea and delicious homemade cakes there will be a raffle with great prizes and a display of Cotton Club creations – so why not go along and lend your support to this event?

For further information about the tea party contact Jenny Leonard on 07771 664659 or email the Cotton Club at cottonclubsew@hotmail.com

If you would like to organise your own Make Time for Tea party please contact the tea team on 020 7605 0100 or tea@eveappeal.org.uk

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March 12th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

THE 1st East Grinstead Scouts will be holding a Jumble Sale today at their Scout Hall in Moat Road from 2.30pm to 4.30pm.

Stalls include clothes, toys, electricals, dvds, books, household goods and large items as well as bric-a-brac, household linens, shoes/boots and numerous other items

The biggest Jumble Sale in town, and held twice yearly,  it has been running for over 40 years raising money towards essential maintenance of the scout hall (which currently needs new central heating and floor renovation, amongst other things) and camping equipment.

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The Scout Hall (near Moat Rd pond)
100 Moat Road
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March 11th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

THERE will be a Family Football Tournament on 20 March in memory of seven-year-old Cameron Wahid, who died of a food allergy while on holiday with his family in Italy last October. Money raised by the event will go towards research into allergies and raising public awareness of just how life-threatening they can be.

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March 11th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

St Catherine’s Hospice is looking for East Grinstead residents to hold a bucket for an hour or two in support of their street collections.

The hospice is looking for people to help on Saturday 14  May, and Friday 1 July

Collecting just £56 would enable a patient to benefit from an hour’s physiotherapy or occupational therapy to help support them to maintain their mobility and an independent lifestyle: £48 would fund an hour-long visit to a patient in their home by the St Catherine’s community team, meaning they benefit from specialised end of life care in the comfort and familiarity of their own home: and collecting just £35 would cover the cost of a counselling session for a bereaved relative.

Many people think a hospice is a place where you spend your final moments, but at St Catherine’s the focus is on helping people make the most of the time they have left, however long that may be.

Offering practical and emotional support, the care St Catherine’s provides is free to patients and their families but every day it costs over £17,000 to provide this care across the area.

By volunteering your time at a street collection, you’ll be helping to raise vital funds to ensure more people can benefit from St Catherine’s care. There can be no better reason to grab a bucket!

For more information or to volunteer for a street collection please visit: www.stch.org.uk, email comfun@stch.org.uk or call Frankie Goodall in the Community Fundraising Team on 01293 447361.

 

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March 10th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

12799229_1955796491386512_6108173525667499122_nRIZ Wahid, whose seven-year-old son Cameron died of an allergic reaction in Italy last October, has become an Ambassador for Allergy UK, the national charity dedicated to supporting the estimated 21 million allergy sufferers in the UK.

Cameron died of a severe dairy allergy whilst eating out with his parents on holiday.  Although the restaurant he was visiting knew of his allergy and assured his parents his meal would be safe for him, his food in fact contained milk protein. Cameron suffered an anaphylactic reaction shortly after eating it and died three days later on the 30 October 2015 in Naples.

Since then Riz and Cameron’s mum Cassandra, with the support of their family, friends, school and local businesses, have been fundraising in Cameron’s memory.

They have also set up a not-for-profit venture Cameron Wahid Allergy Awareness, to raise money for research into allergies, and public awareness of just how dangerous they can be

“We simply don’t want other people to go through what we have, and we want to ensure that the local community becomes a safer and more supported environment for allergy sufferers,” said Riz.

The family’s next fundraiser is a Football Tournament on 20 March with a kids competition, adults five-a-side,  bouncy castles and assault course, fun stalls, face painting, BBQ, beer tent, cake/tea stalls and Meridian FM.

It will take place from 11am to 4pm at Scandia Hus on Felcourt Road, RH19 2LP.

For more details go to about the website at www.cwaafundraising.com

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Childhood allergy is a significant problem for children and parents across the country. What in the past may have been considered a minor irritation, is now widely accepted as a serious problem. 50% of children in the UK have allergies, and for the parents this can mean a daily battle of trying to keep symptoms under control and round the clock dietary vigilance and anxiety.
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March 9th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

ST Peter’s has marked Fairtrade Fortnight with a Fairtrade breakfast for 78 pupils. Town Mayor Dick Sweatman helped serve the meal which was followed by an assembly with Laura Jane Loftus, a former pupil and now with the Fairtrade Foundation.

Years 5 and 6 took part in workshops, and at the end of school a Fairtrade stall raised £150. 

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March 7th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

MORE than 100 competitors took part in the East Grinstead & District Lions Swimathon on Saturday evening at the Kings Leisure Centre.

The event was sponsored by John O’Dwyer, owner of the East Grinstead McDonalds franchise, who with Town Mayor Dick Sweatman and Lions President Mike Barty welcomed swimmers of all ages taking part to raise funds for their own good causes and the Lions’ charities.

Teams representing Sackville, Imberhorne, and St Peter’s schools competed alongside the 1st Forest Row Falcons, 8th East Grinstead Scouts, Tadpoles, Bloomin’ Arts, Pericles and Parkinsons UK.

They swam in relay for 25 minutes and raised £3,000 during the evening.  Once all sponsorships have been collected, teams will be presented with cheques during the Lions May Fair in the High Street on Bank Holiday Monday, 2 May.

Below: l to r Lions president Mike Barty, Spondor John O’Dwyer, Mayor Dick Sweatman

McD sponsor

 

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March 4th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

IMG_20150226_131527599LIZ Glenister has been nominated as one of Britain’s best volunteers for her work in founding the East Grinstead-based charity Hypopara UK.

“Hypopara is rare and can be likened to diabetes (with calcium not sugar) in that patients suffer hypos due to falling hormone levels. But unlike diabetics, they have no replacement hormone and no home tester to help them manage their condition, which makes life very tricky,” said Liz.

She founded Hypopara UK in 2005 after her own experience of living for many years with undiagnosed brittle Hypoparathyroidism following surgery for thyroid cancer in 1992.

A teacher with three young children, her condition forced Liz to give up work and abandon research for her MA. So when doctors could do no more to help her, she decided to set up a website where fellow sufferers could exchange ideas and information, and encourage each other.

Two hundred members joined it almost overnight, and Hypopara UK was born.

Liz operates the charity entirely online as she still can’t go far from home on her own. But ten years on it has almost 2,000 members and is a well-regarded national patient support organisation providing education, information and advocacy, raising awareness and funds for research into better treatments.

Liz also set up World Hypopara Awareness Day on 1 June which is now celebrated by hypopara groups around the world, and  set up Hypopara Australia and Hypopara France.

“I am very proud to be part of this small but far reaching organisation and I am deeply committed to its aims,” she told East Grinstead Online.

“I never fail to be moved by the stories of the patients who contact us and by the efforts of the volunteers and healthcare professionals who work so hard on our behalf. Ten years on, we have come a very long way – and it’s all down to the internet.

“There was no information about Hypopara at all until we came along. Being so rare, most doctors had not even heard of hypopara, so we  raise awareness to the public and the medical profession and we fundraise to keep this all going.”

*Liz’s website can be found at www.hypopara.org.uk.

It is  the only charity in the UK for people with rare parathyroid disorders, including post surgical hypoparathyroidism caused inadvertently during surgery to the neck, for example during thyroid or laryngeal surgery. 

Above Vincent the group’s youngest member. Below: the first ever London hypopara group meeting

First ever London Hypopara Group meeting

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March 4th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

valerie_amosGRAVETYE is hosting a fundraising lunch for ActionAid on Sunday 20 March.  Launched by ActionAid last year, Tea and Inspiration is an International Women’s Day event bringing together inspirational women to celebrate women’s achievements and to talk about its work empowering women and girls around the world.

This year Tea and Inspiration will be held at Gravetye Manor, hosted by owner Elizabeth Hosking, and will include a Champagne reception and a two-course fundraising lunch.  

Guests will hear from inspiring women including Director of SOAS and former UN Under-Secretary Baroness Amos, War and Peace’s Greta Scacchi amd presenter Charlie Webster, with entertainment from jazz legends Claire Martin and Gill Manly. 

Time: 12.30pm for 1pm on Sunday, 20 March at Gravetye Manor

Tickets: cost £60.00 (+ £1.38 booking fee)

Dress code is Smart Casual.

To book click here or email specialevents@actionaid.org.

Above: Greta Scacchi and right, Baroness Amos

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March 3rd, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

IMG_1706THE East Grinstead Cotton Club, a town sewing group, is holding a vintage tea party to raise funds for The Eve Appeal, the only national gynaecological cancer research charity in the UK funding world-class research to save women’s lives.

The tea party is being held on Saturday 12 March between 2.30pm and 4.30pm at the Jubilee Community Centre in Charlwoods Road as part of the charity’s Make Time for Tea campaign in support of ovarian cancer awareness month.

Cotton Club member and Eve Appeal trustee, Jenny Leonard, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer when in her thirties.

This devastating news came as a terrible shock but after excellent treatment and care Jenny has gone on to lead a healthy and fulfilling life because her cancer was diagnosed early.

Sadly, many women do not survive and of 7000 women diagnosed with ovarian cancer this year 4200 will die. The Eve Appeal aims to change this.

Athena Lamnisos, Chief Executive of The Eve Appeal said “We are really grateful to the East Grinstead Cotton Club for this superb support – events like this are so important in raising awareness of gynaecological cancers whilst also raising vital funds for our important research.”

This year Vogue magazine has donated vintage apron patterns to the Make Time for Tea campaign so the Cotton Club ladies have had great fun making vintage ‘pinnies’ to wear at the tea party.

As well as selling tea and delicious homemade cakes there will be a raffle with great prizes and a display of Cotton Club creations – so why not goalong and lend your support to this event?

For further information about the tea party contact Jenny Leonard on 07771 664659 or email the Cotton Club at cottonclubsew@hotmail.com

If you would like to organise your own Make Time for Tea party please contact the tea team on 020 7605 0100 or tea@eveappeal.org.uk

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March 2nd, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

RIZ Wahid, whose seven-year-old son Cameron died of an allergic reaction while on holiday in Italy last autumn, has become an ambassador for Allergy UK.

Since his son’s death, Riz and his family have undertaken a number of events in his memory to help fund research into food allergies, and raise public awareness of just how dangerous they can be.

The next will be a charity football tournament on 20 March with Lingfield FC Juniors which will be a family-friendly event with stalls and activities.

All the money raised will go to Allergy UK which is the leading charity providing advice, information and support for those with allergies and food intolerances.  

Meanwhile, to keep up with the Wahid family’s activities in memory of Cameron, go to their new fundraising page at: https://www.facebook.com/cameronwahidallergyawareness/

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March 2nd, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

THE Food Bank is getting busier, and has put out an urgent appeal for food and household goods. A spokesman said “Over the last 10 days approximately 280 kilos has been kindly donated, but we have issued over 500 kilos of food and household items to those in need, particularly those with families.”

As a result, the Food Bank is in urgent need of:

long life fruit juice packs,
jars of pasta sauce,
tinned sponge puddings,
500g bags of granulated sugar,
J-cloths,
small packets of male and female razors
small ladies and men’s deodorants,
shaving foam / gel,
shampoo.

They are also running low on the following items:

tinned rice pudding,
tins of carrots, sweetcorn and peas,
tins of ready-made custard,
small packets of washing power / washing liquid,
washing-up liquid,
small packets of cereals such as Weetabix,
female hygiene products.

With Easter approaching, the Food Bank would also appreciate donations of creme eggs or packets of mini eggs, but bars of chocolate give more flexibility beyond Easter.

Donations of can be left in the dedicated box at the Jubilee Community Centre, Charlwoods Road, from Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 21.30, excluding Bank Holidays.

Only food purchased in Waitrose should be placed in the Waitrose collection basket?

Good can also be left at:

Trinity Methodist Church, Lingfield Road, East Grinstead

Moatfield Surgery, St Michael’s Road, East Grinstead (during surgery hours).

Barclays Bank, High Street, East Grinstead

Forest Row Community Centre, Hartfield Road, Forest Row

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March 1st, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

THE New York Coffee Club is collecting Easter Eggs for charity again this year, so if you would like to donate one, just drop it into the London Road coffee shop, which will take them to local charities.

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