The Presidents' Charities
March 2018 - Shooting Star Chase
At the March meeting, President David Richardson presented a cheque for £500 to Mike Reynolds, a volunteer (fundraiser) for Shooting Star Chase, a local and leading children's hospice charity which cares for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions and their families.
Mike explained that Shooting Star Chase supports families from diagnosis, to end of life and throughout bereavement, with a range of nursing, medical, practical and emotional care.
They care for 700 families across west London and Surrey. Both the hospices at Shooting Star House in Hampton & Christopher’s in Guildford, include bedrooms suitable for different ages, family rooms, sensory room, hydrotherapy pool and spa, music therapy room, sensory garden and much more besides. The facilities allow the family to have a break and relax in each other’s company.
. Special outings and entertainment are also arranged. The staff will do whatever they can to enhance quality of life – sharing the smiles on the good days, being there every step of the way through the difficult days. In addition, a lot of family support comes from the Hospice at Home team, who provide care, support and friendship in the families' own homes.
However, it costs a staggering £10 million a year just to maintain the current level of care with only around 10% of income coming from government funding;
We rely on supporters’ generosity to keep the service running. What’s more, we know there are many more families desperate for our vital support, so it’s crucial we raise more funds, to provide more care.
We at Shooting Star Chase are therefore truly grateful to your President, David Richardson and the Probus Club of Twickenham for your support and most generous donation cheque of £500. Thank you.
April 2017 Otakar Kraus Music Trust (£400) and Downs Syndrome Association (£400)
President Barry Buttenshaw
April 2016 Brunswick Club for Young People ( £800)
President Lawrie Jones
April 2015 British Epilepsy Association (£500)
President Ross Silver
April 2014 - Homelink Respite Centre & Spear
The retiring President John Demont presented 2 cheques of £400.00 each to the Club’s guests, Sue Hodder of the Homelink Day Respite Centre based in Whitton and Jack Stephen of ‘Spear’, a charity working for the homeless in and around the borough, with offices in Twickenham.
Sue, a former district nurse, when thanking the Club, described how the Charity was set up 17 years ago after a feasibility study showed the need to provide relief to the many local carers who are giving active support, often on a 24 hour basis without a break.
Jack Stephen, when thanking the Club, described how ‘Spear’ had been in existence for 30 years and offered help and hostel accommodation to the homeless, working in conjunction with Thames Valley Housing.
April 2012 Integrated Neurological Services (£500)
President Michael Frazer
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