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2016 Charity Support

BRaG is delighted to announce that the chosen charities alongside St Luke's Church for 2016 are:

Joel Community Services - a permanent night shelter for homeless people in Kingston.

Momentum - supporting families and children with cancer being treated at Kingston Hospital

All funds raised by BRaG during 2016 will be split between these three charities

The recent poll of BRaG residents about charities to support in 2016 returned these results.

Joel  23%
Momentum  21%
Princess Alice 16%
Shooting Star Chase 14%
Kingston Centre 14%
Brain Tumour 11%


Tim Holmes, BRaG Vice Chair hands over cheques for £500 raised from BRaG activities in 2015 to Ela Sice, Schools and Clubs Education Coordinator of the charity Momentum and to Father Martin Hislop of St Luke's Church.

2015 Charity Support

In 2015 BRaG will support the charities listed below and St Lukes Church. All of our fundraising profits will be split equally between these three worthy causes.

Voting for the 2016 Charities will open in early 2106.

Please click the titles below to view more information about each charity.

Momentum - Kingston

Momentum is a registered charity established in 2004 which aims to help children (up to the age of 17) and the families of children, undergoing treatment for cancer in Surrey and South West London. Momentum was set up by Bianca Effemey and two parents who had first hand experience of these life-changing events, with the simple goal of trying to help others in similar circumstances. Find out more about us here.

London Air Ambulance

We work to save the lives of our patients in their hour of most need, when they are so seriously injured there is a real chance they will die from their injuries without the highest level of care immediately.

Sadly, this could happen to any of us at any time as we go about our daily lives.

With your help, we can save more lives by:

  • Providing life-saving medical interventions such as open heart surgery, blood transfusion, and anaesthesia at the roadside
  • Ensuring our advanced trauma team has the medical equipment and kit they need to carry out their work
  • Keeping our vital aircraft in the sky and our rapid response cars on the road




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!!


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.