Sunday, 28 September 2014

ARK Cancer charity

Destination Downton Abbey (Highclere Castle in real life) this afternoon to watch the Classic Car Rally in aid of ARK Cancer Charity! Lots of beautiful classic cars and one not-so-classic car (ours) travelled from the cancer centre in Basingstoke through Hampshire up to Highclere to raise money for the Ark Centre, which provides support to cancer sufferers and their families at Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital.

Even the lovely hosts Lord and Lady Carnarvon pitched up in their Rolls Royce Phantom III!

Monday, 14 July 2014


Ah, my evening at Fareshare.

I spent a happy couple of hours volunteering at Tesco a few weeks ago asking shoppers to buy an extra item in their shopping and to donate it to Fareshare. Each shopper, that is, the ones who didn't pretend to be on their phones or pretend not to see me, received a list of dry goods such as teabags, pasta and rice.

Some people surprise you with their generosity and it's never the people who you think it will be. Some people lecture you about how people shouldn't need to be fed or how it's these "bloody people on benefits". But you in turn may be surprised at how easy it is - just a lost job, an accident or an illness - and a lot of us are just one rent cheque away from being homeless or hungry.

A big thank you to everyone who contributed. Including a very surprised MrM who didn't know I was there but bought a carrier bag of long life milk and some tins.


FareShare is supporting more than 1,290 charities across the UK, including homeless shelters, breakfast clubs for children and women’s refuge centres, helping to feed 62,200 people every day. These charities offer not only a meal but invaluable support to some of the poorest people in society. As demand for our services is increasing, your support for the
Neighbourhood Food Collection is vital and will enable us to provide our member charities with even more food.

As the trolley fills with donations, Tesco will pack the goods ready for delivery to one of FareShare’s 18 Regional Centres across the country. We’ll then distribute this food to the 1,296 charities we work with, including soup kitchens, drug rehabilitation centres and luncheon clubs for older people.

FareShare is a national charity fighting hunger and its underlying causes by redistributing surplus food from the food industry to over 1,290 local charities across the UK. These charities, including homeless shelters, women’s refuge centres, breakfast clubs for children and luncheon clubs for the elderly, offer not only a meal but invaluable support to some of the poorest people in society. They each save on average £13,000 a year, which can be reinvested into vital services to help get people back on their feet.

Last year the food redistributed by FareShare contributed towards more than 12 million meals and now helps to feed 62,200 vulnerable people every day.

The majority of the food FareShare redistributes is surplus and would otherwise go to waste. This is mainly fresh produce, such as fruit, vegetables and meat.

FareShare has 18 Regional Centres that provide the infrastructure for the distribution of this food. The charities supplied include homeless shelters, breakfast clubs for children and luncheon clubs for the elderly, offering not only a nutritional meal but invaluable services to help address the causes of why that individual is going hungry.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

The Lambourn Open Day

Good Friday means one thing round here and it's that the doors of the local racehorse stables are thrown open so that the public can get a look behind the scenes. The £12 entrance fee allows you to enter any of the 30 stables and also gives entry to an afternoon of horsey entertainment where you literally rub shoulders with the stars of the racing community - we've talked to Nicky Henderson and Tony McCoy in previous years.

The money goes to various charities including the Injured Jockeys Fund. Unfortunately, we somehow bought dodgy raffle tickets - grrrr. Anyway, here's a pic of a horse.

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Ash Wednesday

I don't mean to trivialise Lent but rather than give up chocolate or heaven forbid, alcohol, for 40 days and nights, I decided that I would give someone a present for each day of Lent. By that, I mean a different person every day, or else someone's going to get bored).

So I kicked off yesterday by forgetting to bring my gift when seeing the first person, but remembered for the fabulous Tracey and presented her with a copy of a book called "The joy of plumbing". While it is about plumbing, it's really about finding your dreams and setting up your own business. The author set up a women's-only plumbing business which can be franchised by women all over the UK. Fortunately Tracey loved it and also loved the fact that the author, Hattie Hasan called her women's-only plumbing business Stop Cocks Plumbing!

Friday, 21 February 2014

British Heart Foundation - Ramp up the red

I donated but didn't wear red - fortunately I'm behind the camera!


West Berkshire businesswomen raised more than £50 for the British Heart Foundation when they “ramped up the red” at the Athena Network’s Newbury meeting last week.

Members and guests donated and wore red in support of the BHF’s Heart Month, organised locally by Alison Rosier, the charity’s fundraising volunteer manager for Wiltshire and West Berkshire and charity member of the Athena Network team.

Alison said: “Thank you so much for your kind contribution; I can’t thank the Athena Network ladies enough for daring to go red to fight coronary heart disease and taking part in this year’s campaign. Every pound raised will make a difference to people’s lives.

“Heart and circulatory disease is still the UK’s single biggest killer, claiming one in three lives every year. That’s why their effort means so much - with the continued support from our community, we are able to go on saving more lives every year.”


Monday, 13 January 2014

World Challenge

Some cute things from the coffee morning which was organised at the last minute to raise money for two youngsters to head off to Morocco for a mountain trek.