With the sale not only of the 3 new houses in Woking but also the beautiful Penthouse in Queen Mary’s Place, the target of £1 million has been exceeded! Donations have been made over the past few months to many of the Charities we work with.
Donations have been made totalling £196,000 since October 2012 and at each presentation we have had fun! There are still some magic moments to come in the next few months. Whizz-kidz have received support for more motorised chairs and funding for the running of the Kidz-board and their annual Achievement Awards. Ambitious about Autism also have funds for their Youth Board – planning ahead for these young people aged 17 after school is vital. Eikon – a newcomer as a result of the building project in Woking – are receiving funds to help them improve their premises, out of which they operate a hands on counselling service for young people.
The NSPCC involved me in their project at Hounslow, Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond for young mothers in need of support. REACT needed funds for their core work which helps children with life-limiting illness, giving them comfort, dignity and where possible, greater independence. They supply a wide range of equipment from specialist wheelchairs, beds, baths, and mobility aids, to essential everyday items like washing machines and tumble dryers.
Small Steps in Putney received a donation which will enable them to expand the number of classes they offer by increasing the staff numbers. This is a vital lifeline for parents with children often with complicated disabilities who cannot attend a regular kindergarten. I also gave to Sebastian’s Action Trust, – a respite home for terminally ill children, Brick by Brick, a school education project in Malawi and Circle Sports in Westminster helping young job seekers. Funding will also be available to the RNIB in the summer for camps for non-sighted children and LEYF will receive a top up for the Charlotte Grobien fund which helps parents in temporary difficulty to continue their child’s pre-school attendance.