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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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,
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.
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 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.
ST LUKES 100 CLUB
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.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
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.
WHAT CAN I WIN?
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
HOW DO I PAY?
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.
SOUNDS GREAT? WHAT DO I DO NOW?