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BRaG Residents Association

BRaG Charities

Every year the BRaG residents are asked to nominate and then select charities for BRaG to support annually. At the end of the year BRaG will donate all of its fundraising profit to these charities. Every year we will support two charities and St Luke's Church, this means that we will donate 1/3 of our income to each charity. A small amount of money (fighting fund) is retained every year to enable us to commit to events for the following year.

Making a donation:

If you wish to make a donation to our charities, our account details are below.

Directly to the BRaG bank account:

BRaG Residents Association
Sort Code: 40-26-12
Acct No: 22072548

 

Alternatively you can pay into our PayPal account:



We are pleased to be supporting the following charities in 2021:

Kingston Hospital Charity

As well as helping the wellbeing of staff during the current pandemic, the charity is committed to expanding the Royal Eye Unit at ground floor level, while creating a new paediatric day care oncology suite at first floor level, which is self-contained but linked to the rest of the paediatric department.


A note from Rob Aldous, Director:

"Many thanks for getting in touch to explain that Kingston Hospital Charity is one of BRaG’s three partner charities for 2021. Please pass on our thanks to your fellow committee members and to those residents that kindly nominated the hospital.

"Much of our focus over the last 12 months has been on supporting our staff’s health and wellbeing during the coronavirus pandemic. This has been the busiest ever winter for the NHS and we’re all hoping that spring and summer will bring some return to what we used to think of as ‘normal’. One of the hospital’s most pressing priorities is to extend the Royal Eye Unit along with the paediatric day care oncology unit."

Here's more about the important work this charity supports:
Royal Eye Unit video
Paediatric day care oncology unit video

 

Kingston Samaritans

Since 1968 Kingston Samaritans have been helping those struggling to cope, including through work locally (Kingston, Surbiton, Esher, New Malden and Richmond). This service is needed more than ever because of the impact of the coronavirus.

A note from Katherine Mathers, Volunteer Director for Fundraising and Engagement, Kingston Samaritans:

"Thank you so much for choosing Kingston Samaritans as one of your charities of the year. We are so appreciative.

As you may know, Kingston Samaritans help people at the lowest point of their lives. Whilst part of a national charity, we operate as a local branch in Kingston to fundraise and provide emotional support for anyone struggling to cope, day or night, all year round.

Samaritans is a critical service, needed now more than ever. We are busy 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and this has not changed during the pandemic. In 2020, Kingston Samaritans spent over 10,000 hours answering more than 31,000 calls, 75% of these were taken on the phone.

Coronavirus is impacting all our lives currently, with many people feeling anxious and stressed. There is no doubt that these uncertain and challenging times can affect our mental health and wellbeing. Many of our calls for help have been about coronavirus with people feeling concerned about loneliness and isolation, mental health and illness, as well as family and finance.

Kingston Samaritans is run and led by over 140 dedicated volunteers, who are going above and beyond to be there for those in need in these unprecedented times. Every day of the week our volunteers support the Samaritan’s listening service in branch, whilst adhering to strict guidelines for hygiene standards and social distancing, to ensure volunteer safety is upheld. This situation is under constant review to keep everyone safe.

Your donations this year will help us continue to provide emotional support for those who need us. Thank you."

In this audiocast, Mona Saha, director of the Kingston branch of the Samaritans, speaks to Vicky Bourne, Mind in Kingston's counsellor, about the service her organisation provides and how it's been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. To contact the Samaritans, call free on 116 123.

 

St Lukes Parish Church Kingston

At the heart of the BRaG community, St Luke's Church is a key supporter of the BRaG fundraising efforts.

 

BRaG will share all 2021 fundraising profits equally between the charities. Thanks for your support.