The Club’s desire to raise funds for ‘tangible’ and identifiable goals remains to help improve the lives of disadvantaged and less fortunate children. This year we will continue to raise money for The Lords Taverners (www.lordstaverners.org) as we did last year.
Throughout the year, we are always on the ‘look out’ for items to auction at our annual dinner in addition to raffle prizes so please do contact our Charity Officer with any ideas. Any company offering prizes for auction or raffle items will be identified at the dinner and mentioned in all related press.
The primary charity project that we chose to support this year was to provide and install specialist playground equipment for The Freemantles School (www.freemantles.surrey.sch.uk), a specialist learning community for children and young people with Autism in Maybury, Woking.
Originally we thought we would just be funding the second of three phases. We have, with some top up contributions from the school themselves, been able to fund the entire project. We are delighted to be able to confirm that work was completed in March 2015 and we will be arranging a formal site visit and opening event in the near future for members.
Despite the extended project at The Freemantles School, following the great fund raising effort in the 2014 Dinner we were left with a cash surplus and have now committed to another similar project in Greenvale School, Catford. This is a deprived inner city area where resources are limited and we anticipate that this will new facility will provide a huge benefit to the children who are supported at the school.
We do also support other charities with donations on an ad hoc basis.
We have in 2015 made a donation of £1,000 to the ‘Footsteps Project’ which is a bereavement counselling service provided by the Sam Beare Hospice (www.wsbhospices.co.uk) for children who have lost a parent. This was a commitment made on behalf of the Club when Mark Eshelby was Chairman.
We have also been able to donate £1,500 to the Alexander Jansons Foundation (www.alexanderjansonsfoundation.org).
Andy Janson who is a long standing member and active supporter of the 100 Property Club tragically lost his son from Myocarditis when only 18 years of age. Andy has set up the foundation and committed to raising £80,000 per year for the next 3 years to fund research into the causes, preventions and cures into the condition. We hope to provide further support to Andy and the charity in the future.