Eddie Burridge becomes a life shaver for children’s charity

A bold Grandfather will be making a buzz when he has his head shaved to raise money for CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people and their families.

Eddie Burridge, age 70 from Poole, will be getting up close and personal with the hair clippers on 27th September at the Parkstone Yacht Club, whose committee have kindly donated the venue, so Eddie can invite a very large crowd of support to witness his bravery.

It is all part of CLIC Sargent’s Big Buzz Campaign, which encourages people to become a “life-shaver” to support children and young people with cancer, many of whom lose their hair during treatment. Eddie has chosen to hold his event in line with Childhood Cancer Awareness Month to help raise awareness of childhood cancer in Dorset.


Lilypad Appeal Set to Change Lives

Diverse Abilities, Dorset’s disability charity, has launched a major appeal to raise £250,000 to redevelop its children’s respite home. This is the first time in over 20 years the service will undergo a significant refurbishment and will make a massive difference to children with disabilities, and their families, in the local area.

The charity’s overnight and day short breaks respite home supports children with complex disabilities and their families almost every single day of the year and is a lifeline for parents.

Known as the Lilypad Appeal, money raised will transform the respite facilities to meet the changing and increasing needs of children and young people with disabilities in Dorset. The improvements Diverse Abilities wish to make through the Lilypad Appeal will make such a difference to children, stimulating their senses to achieve more and enjoy their stay at the respite home.


Wimborne BID raise funds for local charity

Wimborne BID’s fun-filled Summer BBQ raises funds for local brain injury charity

The annual BID Summer Social BBQ took place at Deans Court, Wimborne, earlier this month. The sun shone on the event, which brought local businesses and residents together for a casual BBQ by the river, in the grounds of the Deans Court Estate, thanks to the generosity of Sir William and Lady Alison Hanham. The event was organised by Charlotte Greening, the Wimborne BID social organiser, who works for Saville Travel. Local business Lester Brunt sponsored the drinks, whilst the BID, Minster Press and P-PR Media Solutions gave behind the scenes support.

Chairman of the BID Ian Faulkner said, “The event raised £1,100 for Headway Dorset thanks to the generosity of Wimborne businesses and residents. The food and the setting were superb and it was a chance for everyone to dance, chat, relax and mingle, in an ambient setting away from the pressures of work.”


Diverse Abilities Summer Events 2015

Diverse Abilities, the only charity in Dorset that supports children and adults with profound physical and learning disabilities, is looking for as many volunteers as possible to help run its community events this summer.

Those that volunteer at the many exciting events will have a fun-filled time, meet new people and help Diverse Abilities at the same time.

The charity is urgently looking for volunteers at Grooves on the Green (11 and 12 July), Poole Carnival (2 August) and The Dorset Country Show (6 and 7 September).

Diverse Abilities need individuals to help staff the stall, sell raffle tickets, supervise children’s games, collect funds and marshal the events. All ages can get involved and be part of the fun. An added bonus is all volunteers will receive free entry to the event so once they’ve finished helping out, they can relax and enjoy the atmosphere!


Saffery Champness fundraising news

Saffery Champness fundraise for the Dorset Community Foundation’s ‘Do it for Dorset Week’ initiative

Saffery Champness Accountants in Bournemouth have held a fun packed week of fundraising events in support of Dorset Community Foundation’s ‘Do it for Dorset Week’.

The ‘Do it for Dorset Week’ is an annual event which is now is in its fourth year and is focused around encouraging people within Dorset to raise funds for the Dorset Fund, which supports those most in need in Dorset.


All eyes on Red Nose Day

Eyecare experts around the Bournemouth area broke the £1,000 fundraising mark for this year’s Red Nose Day appeal.

Visitors to Specsavers stores in Bournemouth, Boscombe and Ringwood followed in the footsteps of Gok Wan and made their faces funny for money with Specsavers’ official Red Nose Day glasses in small and large sizes, for just £3 with £1 donated to Comic Relief.

Specsavers regional chairman, Tim Bennett, says: ‘We wanted to make this year’s Red Nose Day as fun as possible!

Donate unwanted gifts to charity

Donate unwanted gifts to charity

Lewis-Manning Hospice in Poole, which provides free care and support for people with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses, is asking people to donate any unwanted Christmas gifts to help with its fundraising initiatives.

Maria Tidy, Fundraising Manager, said, “We are always in need of good quality items to use at our events throughout the year. So if you have any unwanted gift sets, vouchers, or chocolates or wine you are willing to donate, please send to the fundraising team.”

The hospice provides free care services to over 700 people a year via their Day Hospice, Lymphoedema Clinic and Breathlessness Clinic, and last year began the first phase of opening its bedrooms for overnight care.

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Natasha Jones, the founder of Leaf, the charity which helps young people and adults living in Dorset and Hampshire affected with a blood cancer who are receiving treatment or who have needs since being discharged from hospital is launching a wig salon and the Leaf wig appeal.

Says Natasha Jones of Leaf Charity, “Our wig studio is now open at The Red Lime Hair and Beauty Salon on Broadstone Broadway and will create a perfect place for cancer sufferers to come and meet with me personally. I will help them deal with their hair loss and the emotions involved, I know only too well that when I had blood cancer I was grateful to receive my NHS wig, however, it came un-styled and no one helped me fit the wig and there was no after care information.

Property news in Bournemouth

Cycle Race to Raise Money for Julia's House

Dressed as super heros, Batman, Superman, Captain America and Spiderman, 12 local business men took to the streets of Bournemouth on their bikes to cycle 14 miles all in the name of charity.

Organised by Steve Wells of DWP Housing Partnership the event was a great success with almost £6000 raised for local children's hospice, Julia's House.

Steve Wells said "Along with 10 other local businessmen I was challenged by Matt Ford at Poole Speedway to raise funds for Julia's House. The question was 'how will I raise funds?' I decided on a sponsored cycle ride for which I invited a bunch of friends to join me."

Wessex Cancer Trust

Young volunteers’ ideas raise almost £700 for Wessex Cancer

Wessex Cancer Trust (WCT) has been working with organisations in Southampton and Bournemouth which run the local National Citizen Service (NCS) programmes.

Inspired by the work WCT carries out, two groups of young people raised nearly £700 through various fundraising activities.

Open to all 16 and 17-year-olds in England, NCS offers a way for young people from different backgrounds to learn crucial skills such as leadership, teamwork and communication, make new friends and get involved in local social action projects. Participants develop a project and spend 30 hours putting it into action within their community.

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Steaming ahead into 2015

Eastleigh Vintage Machinery Preservation Society (EVMPS) is steaming ahead with support for Wessex Cancer Trust (WCT), which it has adopted as its charity to support throughout 2015.

WCT is delighted that the Society has decided to continue an association which goes back 20 years, having raised a magnificent £2,500 to support us at the 2014 Bill Targett Memorial Steam Rally.

This year’s rally was held at Highbridge Farm, Eastleigh, in May. It featured more than 30 steam engines which provided great entertainment for the crowds, not only steam enthusiasts, but also locals and visitors who came along to enjoy varied exhibits.

Wessex Cancer Trust

On the run for Wessex Cancer Trust

More than £15,000 has been raised in total by the 11 runners who took part in the 2014 Virgin London Marathon April 13 to boost funds for Wessex Cancer Trust (WCT).

The event took place on April 13 and after recovering and putting their feet up, they met to share their stories and experiences, and were presented with WCT certificates, which they displayed proudly along with the race medals.

“Each individual had his or her own story to tell on why they made this huge commitment and took on the challenge of running 26.2 miles to help us,” said Sally Hall, WCT Chief Executive.


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