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BRaG 2014 Charity Support

Voting has started for our charities for 2014.

In a break from recent tradition the BRaG Committee have agreed to support 3 charities for 2014. Residents will be asked to vote for 2 of the charities from the list of nominations from the residents. This year the third charity will be St Lukes Church, we have found over the last few years that BRaG works closely with St Lukes and would like to recognise this fact with an ongoing commitment to donate 1/3 of all charity donations to them. This arrangement will be reviewed annually.

We have asked St Lukes to ensure that the donation is used for the good of the BRaG community i.e. The roof appeal, ongoing restorations of the building and facilities, community projects etc. This decision does not require a constitutional change and this gives us the flexibility to change this if we feel that this arrangement is no longer appropriate.

We hope that by supporting two additional charities we will benefit from greater support from those charities and also give the BRaG residents a greater say where our fundraising ends up. Over the past few years we have supported some fabulous organistations and we hope to continue this over the coming years.

Nominations for charity support for 2014 have now closed. Voting started on the 14th Feb and run for 2 weeks. We hope to be able to announce the two new charities in early March. Thank you again for your continued generosity. Please see below for the nominations and the voting.

The current nominations for BRaG charity support for 2014 are below. The vote is open to all residents of Richmond Park Road, Gibbon Road and Burton Road, please vote via this link (open on feb 14th). Please vote for your two favourite charities and the winning two will receive our support for 2014.

Kingston Samaritans - Nominated by Janine Fischer

If you are going through a difficult time and feel that you would like to talk to someone about it, you can call Samaritans at any time of the day or night, on any day of the year. You can talk about anything that is getting you down, from something relatively small, to something so huge that you might be contemplating suicide.

If you would like to speak to us in confidence, you can:

CALL US at any time on 020 8399 6676 or 08457 909090. 
VISIT us at Kingston Samaritans, based in Surbiton, any day up to 9pm. (see map)
EMAIL us at 
TEXT us on 07725 909090.

Kingston Samaritans is an independently registered charity and has to raise its own funds. It costs approximately £35,000 per year, or £96 per day to run our branch. So anything that you might be able to do to help us financially is very much appreciated. 

AMMF (The Alan Morement Memorial Fund) - Nominated by Sally Williams
I would like to nominate the following Charity for consideration it is the AMMF (The Alan Morement Memorial Fund) They also have a face book page

The charity’s current objectives are to raise the awareness of cholangiocarcinoma, (bile duct cancer) to support specialised research teams in their work to find the causes, methods of earlier diagnosis and treatments, and to provide information on this disease.

Although cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct cancer) is considered a rare cancer, worldwide it is the second most common cancer arising in the liver.  However, because it is so difficult to diagnose accurately and early, CC is often advanced by the time of diagnosis and so surgery, currently the only potential cure, is not an option.  Only 5% will survive one year from a diagnosis of CC. 

My best friend is currently fighting this disease and for her I did a skydive to raise awareness for the charity which I did not know of until I set a just giving page and was looking for a cancer charity to support and I choose AMMF as this was specific to her cancer.


Sally Williams  - Burton Road


Victim Support - Nominated by Diane Watling 

I would like to nominate Victim Support as one of the BRaG charities for 2014. 
This independent charity has been working for 40 years in London and is a national charity giving free and confidential help to victims of crime, witnesses, their family, friends and anyone else affected across England and Wales. They also speak out as a national voice for victims and witnesses and campaign for change.
People don’t plan to become a victim or witness of crime. It usually happens ‘out of the blue’ and then, suddenly, things can start to happen that can make you feel like your life is out of control. The police might get involved. You could get asked to go to court. You might need medical help. You could be asked to fill in forms and sign bits of paper without really knowing what they are. And all this happens at a time when you are probably feeling upset, confused, hurt or angry.
Victim Support volunteers can give information to help make sense of the system. They can explain what all the different agencies do and how to deal with them. They can help with form filling and with making complaints. And if you’re asked to make choices by criminal justice officials, they can help make sure you have all the information you need to make the right choice. 
The Kingston upon Thames branch is in Canbury Park Road and their website is:

Love Kingston - Nominated by Glen Keywood

Love Kingston is an exciting new campaign to raise vital funds for Kingston’s communities

Inspiring local organisations run by dedicated individuals achieve extraordinary things with very limited resources. Their future depends on securing small but vital amounts of funding to reach communities in need. Love Kingston is supporting five local projects committed to ‘pathways out of poverty’ and building a Legacy Fund for the future.

Thousands of local residents are being left on the margins of our prosperous borough. With your help we can create a fair and good society for everyone in Kingston. Your donation will be shared equally between the Kingston Legacy Fund and Pathways Out of Poverty.

Love Kingston also benefits from a 50% match funding until 15th March 2015, this means that BRaG fundraising goes even further.


Warren Park Childrens Centre - nominated by Sarah Chittenden.

Kingston Hill, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, KT2 7LX


What we do: At Warren Park Children’s Centre we provide a range of high quality short breaks for disabled young people and their families, including residential, foster care, after school and holiday activities . We provide an environment where children and young people with disabilities (between the ages of 4 and 18) can develop, learn and experience new and fun things they normally wouldn’t get a chance to. We also offer their families advice and support, and give them some much-needed rest from their caring responsibilities.

Challenges we face: Many of the young people we work with find it difficult to take part in certain events and activities due to their disability. It can be difficult for families with disabled children to access some community events as a whole family. We try to give them the support and advice they need, as well as holding our own in-house activities for the disabled young people to enjoy, so they don’t miss out on the experiences enjoyed by their peers



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BRaG 2013 Charity support

This year BRaG will be supporting Shooting-Star Chase Hospice and the St Lukes Church Roof appeal. Once again we are very please to be supporting two local charities as chosen by our residents via an online poll.

The results were as follows (remember that everyone had 2 votes hence the percentages add up to more than 100!!)

Kingston Samaritans 17 votes - 32.1%
St Lukes Church roof appeal 24 votes - 45.3%
Shooting Star CHASE Hospice 27 votes - 50.9%
Kingston Churches Action on Homeless (KCAH) 17 votes - 32.1%
All Saints Church Kingston 4 votes, 7.5%
Momentum 15 votes, 28.3%

There is more information on these charities below and we hope you will help us to support these causes this year.

The BRaGons

Ross Pritchard has started making plans for another BRaGon assault on the Dragon Boat title for 2013. After the roaring success of last year, reaching the final and hugely exceeding the fundraising target, there are high hopes for this year.

It is hoped to enter 2 teams this year, one mens team (at least 12 men) and one mixed team (6 men & 6 women). The BRaGons need you to get involved, we have a core squad already but not enough members for the two teams. If you fancy a go then please get in touch by replying to this email or contacting Ross directly (

The Kingston Rotary Club Dragon Boat challenge will take place on Sunday July 21st 2013. It normally starts at about 10am and runs until late afternoon. If you haven't been then you will be in for a great day and its even better when you are competing. The BRaGons will aim to train every other Thursday once the evenings get a little lighter and warmer!!


Shooting Star CHASE Childrens Hospice

I would like to nominate Shooting Star CHASE children's hospice for next years charity supported by BRaG. Shooting Star CHASE is your local children’s hospice charity caring for over 600 families living in western London, Surrey and West Sussex. They aim to make every day count for children and teenagers with life-limiting conditions, and their families. Their services are available 365 days a year, and families receive their support free of charge, in their own homes and communities and at our two children’s hospices. They need to find £23,000 a day to provide all these vital services.

On a more personal note, we as a family use Shooting Star CHASE. We live on Richmond Park Road and have a son of 21 months who has been diagnosed with a terminal disease called Menkes, if it wasn't for shooting star CHASE I am not sure how we would have got through the last 9 months, not only have they provided respite for us by looking after our son Rian at the hospice, they have also provided carers to visit us fortnightly and give me a couple of hours break as my son requires constant care. They certainly do make everyday count and my son always has a big smile when they visit or comes back from a visit there, which is something we are very grateful for.

I would love to be able to help other families in the area in similar circumstances, that is why I would like to nominate Shooting Star CHASE.

Mrs J Nolan - Richmond Park Road

2012 BRaG charity support

In December 2012 we ran a residents survey to decide which charities we would support in 2012.

St Lukes Church had 58% of the votes and Kingston Can had 32% of the vote. Each resident was able to vote for 2 charities from a shortlist of 12.

For the detailed results of the survey please click here. We had 31 respondents each was able to vote for up to two charities from the list of 12 nominations.

We were very pleased to present a cheque of £3100 to Fr Martin Hislop for the St Lukes Church roof appeal and also a cheque of £3100 to Barry Couling from Kingston Can. The BRaGons also raised £1450 for Kingston Can.

2012 was a bumper year for BRaG fundraising and we would like to thank everybody for their generosity.

2011 BRaG Charity Support

BRaG were very pleased that the final fundraising total for the Royal Wedding Street Party was £3900. Glen and Caroline presented a cheque to Fr Martin Hislop for the St Lukes Roof Appeal for £1700, bringing the final donation amount up to £1950. Ron H and Glen presented a cheque for £1950 to the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity on 23rd May 2011. Once again we would like to thank each and every one of you for your generosity.

The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity

The Royal Marsden is a world-leading cancer centre,
providing treatment and care for more than 40,000 cancer patients every year. It is also at the forefront of cancer research and education.
Its work influences how all cancer patients are treated and cared for, not just in its own hospitals but all over the world. The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity supports this pioneering work. Thanks to our supporters, we are able to help The Royal Marsden continue to push boundaries and raise standards of excellence.

When people support us, they help everyone who benefits from the work of The Royal Marsden. Scientists searching for cures. Doctors who depend on the latest cancer treatments and technologies. Nursing students looking for the best in clinical education. And, of course, cancer patients and their families.

Together, we can keep making life better for people with cancer and keep striving towards a future without it.

St Lukes Church

St Lukes Church needs a new roof.
The fine red brick building we see today was consecrated on 14 December 1889. The plans were prepared by the London Architects Kelley & Birchall; and a local firm, W. H. Gaze of Union Street, was chosen as the builders. The cost was just over £5,000 for the chancel and nave!
It took a lot of hard work to raise the money in Canbury, the most impoverished district in Kingston.

Much of the fund raising was due to the devotion of worshippers who went without meals and new clothes to contribute.  The rest was due to such influential figures as
the Duchess of Teck and Lady Wolverton (who paid entirely for the elegant spire).


Kingston Can

The Kingston Hospital Cancer Unit Appeal

If you live in the UK you have, on average, a one in three chance of developing cancer at some point in your life. If you do, early diagnosis and prompt treatment will improve the likelihood of you surviving the disease.At Kingston Hospital we have earned a reputation as a major cancer unit. The latest performance indicators show that our survival rates for patients with the three commonest cancers — breast, colorectal and lung — are among the best in the country. We treat up to 2,000 new cancers each year. But more can be done to enhance the facilities and environment, and to expand the range of treatments and follow-up services provided on site.
























Our church is well known for its lovely interior. Our church and its facilities has served our mission and ministry since 1888, but they need refurbishment for, apart from anything else, health and safety reasons and so that we may continue our mission and ministry. We want to create a new environment in which a variety of church and community groups can meet including better facilities in the John Hunt Music Room, a more efficient heating system, with a maintenance fund being created. We also want to create a permanent display for tourists and visitors giving some of our history.

As a fund-raiser, St Luke Kingston 100 Club offers YOU the chance to win CASH PRIZES with all profits going directly towards our refurbishment scheme.


You pay £5 per month, and will be allocated a number. Once a month, there will be a draw at a time and place to be advertised later. The result will be published on the St Luke Kingston 100 Club notice board in church and on the St Luke website. Winners (if they are not present) will be notified by post and sent a cheque.

We will start with the first batch of numbers from 1 – 50 and subscribers will be allocated a number from that list. After that your name will be added to the waiting list for the second batch of numbers, 51-100, which will run, dependent on sufficient take-up.


Currently for months 1-5 and 7-11, the available prizes will be

 1st £50 2nd £20 3rd £10

For months 6 and 12, the available prizes will be

1st £250 2nd £40 3rd £25


You can pay St Luke Kingston 100 Club by standing order, either annually (£60), half-yearly (£30 twice a year) or £5 per month. When you sign up to join, we will give you a standing order form to complete.


The first batch of numbers 1-50 will run from 1 September 2012. Unused numbers being drawn result in that prize not being awarded that month and a “rollover” for the following month. If we do not have at least 50 participants for numbers 51-100 by 1 January 2013 the scheme will not be viable and will not run. All money will be returned.


Click here and here to access the info and sign up forms, follow the instructions and you will be signed up ASAP.