I’m delighted that I’ll be sewing away on behalf of all these amazing people:
The Southampton and New Forest MG Owners Club have asked for one for their summer event, the funds are split between the Society of St James, who care for the homeless and those suffering from alcohol and drug dependency (I’m so pleased to be supporting them, there are too many folk struggling like this) and Brendoncare (they looked after my Dad for the last two weeks of his life last year and of course they’ve had a cushion already, but I owe them so much, they were truly fabulous in his care). http://www.1009mg.org.uk/about-us/new-forest-run-2014/
Maria rang to ask if I could make a cushion for the care home her son is at, Brooklands care Home in Gosport. Of course it’s a special place for her, and she’s special to us at BBC Radio Solent. Of course she gets a cushion for them! http://www.brooklandscare.co.uk
Claire from the West Wight Sports Centre asked for one of the last few cushions. They provide sports and a community hub for the people of West Wight, trying to raise money to keep the centre running, because they have lost their IOW council grant. They’ll get a cushion to email or raffle very soon. http://www.westwight.co.uk
The Stubbinton Ark (animal rescue), the PDSA centre in Titchfield, do such a lot of work to help SO many animals. They have a great fundraising day. The cushion will make an appearance at the Tailwaggers & Woofers Dog Show on Bank Holiday Monday in August, guess that means a doggy cushion then! http://www.stubbingtonark.org.uk/home
Many Tears, who rescue dogs (they’re based in Wales but find homes throughout the country). Claire rescued her chocolate Lab from them and wants to give something back…watch out Freshwater, she’ll be dragging a cushion and raffle tickets around with her soon! http://www.manytearsrescue.org
Wessex Heartbeat. Put simply Wessex Heartbeat’s driving ambition is to help achieve the very best care for people with heartbeat conditions. Wessex Heartbeat is a well-known local and Wessex-wide charity of 20 years . It exists to support the improvement of cardiac care at the specialist Wessex Cardiac Centre based in Southampton General Hospital. Large and small projects benefit more than 20,000 people every year.
How would you use a cushion?: We are hosting a Mid-Summer Ball in Romsey on 28th June and it would be an auction prize on the evening.
Gill from Wool got in touch, she’s the Chair of Wool and Districts Cancer Research Uk Support Group. She wrote “We have been given the use of a Marquee at the home of Wilfrid and Sally Weld (Lulworth estates). We are planning a luncheon we can seat 120 people. We have been very lucky in securing as our speaker The Lord Fellowes of West Stafford.ticket sales are already going well £25 a head guests will also be able to explore the grounds of Bindon Mill and the adjacent ruins of Bindon Abbey
We are holding a Grand raffle looking for exceptional prizes to raise as much money for cancer research”. How could I resist a cushion being an exceptional prize!
Sheila in Southampton is a member of a team working tirelessly for Childsplay Romania, who support Roma children in Romania. The money all goes towards helping these children receive an education. We support several small schools in and around Bucharest. They’ll have a cushion to support their fundraising efforts.
Wendy got in touch from Gurnard on the Isle of Wight. All Saints’ Church in Gurnard, Isle of Wight raises funds for the church and local community plus local and overseas charities. The charities are Foodbank, Frontline, St Anne’s Hospital in Nkhotakhota, Malawi and St James’ Church in Binaba, Ghana. We organise a Gurnard Village Harvest Festival in September where the funds raised are divided between the church and the Charities and will raffle their cushion then.
The Bournemouth branch of the Mission for Seafarers supports all those who live their lives at sea. Often thousands of miles from home for so much of their working lives. The cushion will be raffled with tickets being sold at events through the year bad drawn at their Christmas Fair on November 25th.
Southern Shires Bloodhounds is a group of bloodhound owners in Hampshire that “hunt the natural scent of man”. These glorious dogs and their owners get together regularly for events throughout the year. They had a cushion (with, of course, a bloodhound) for their annual ball. http://www.southernshiresbloodhounds.co.uk
Pauline got in touch to commission a cushion as a Christmas present, making a very generous donation to the Bournemouth branch of the Cats Protection League. As she was giving the cushion to dog lovers, cats weren’t appropriate! The Cats protection League do such a huge amount of work rehoming and caring for cats. They gave many local branches. This one is
St Peters Church, Bournemouth had a cushion for their Christmas Fair. They fund raise endlessly to help support their local community.
Angela from Friends of Hayling Rescue has asked for a cushion to support the amazing Frank who has made working with the RNLI his life’s work. The cushion will be auctioned or raffled in the summer of 2014.
The Old Parsonage, Otterbourne (Brendoncare). September 2013 and the Old Parsonage took in my Dad for the last two weeks of his life, treating him with dignity and care. Of course they had a cushion for their Christmas Fair!
The Scouts Association in Winchester need a new Scout Hut. They had a Murder Mystery Evening where they raffled their cushion. http://www.winscouts.org.uk
Children In Need. Working for the BBC, of course I had to support our charity! I took two cushions to the Paws for Pudsey walk in the New Forest in November.
Boscombe Fibromyalgia Support. The support team in Boscombe work incredibly hard to raise funds to support sufferers of, and research into, this painful condition. I was delighted to pop in a cushion for one of their fundraising events.
The Jubilee Sailing Trust, whose two beautiful tall ships take disabled and able bodied folk on adventures of a lifetime. I think my cushion will need to be plastic wrapped, it’s off round the world before being auctioned or raffled! http://www.jst.org.uk/
The PICK carers support group. PICK is fronto-temporal dementia, a cruel diagnosis for sufferers and their families. http://www.ftdsg.org/
Hearing Dogs for Deaf People – dogs transform lives – and Hearing Dogs do the most extraordinary work. It’s a real pleasure to make a cushion for Dianne Hatfield who has a special event and large raffle coming up to support them. http://www.hearingdogs.org.uk/
“Wings of Mercy” – linked to “Footsteps International” as they are too small to register independently. A small group of local Doctors, Nurses and other medics will be flying to Kenya in October to set up a free clinic for those living in Kibera slum, Nairobi who normally do not have access to free medical care and are unable to afford to pay. http://wings-of-mercy.org/
Brockenhurst Riding for the Disabled helps disabled folk enjoy horses, riding, and the wonderful experiences they can bring. http://www.rda.org.uk/
Tools for Self Reliance send tools to Africa for communities to create livelihoods. Farming and sewing equipment are amongst those restored ad sent off to create a new life for their recipients. The volunteers that restore the tools also gain a sense of camaraderie and usefulness as they share and gain skills. http://www.tfsr.org/
The Royal Air Force Association is celebrating 70 years of supporting retired RAF personnel and their families. http://www.rafa.org.uk/
Wymering Manor Trust. The Manor is the oldest building in Portsmouth. The Trust are restoring it for the community, mixing history with modern day opportunities. http://wymering-manor.co.uk/
Age UK, Southampton. Age UK is the country’s foremost charity for supporting us as we grow older, face challenges, enjoy opportunities and work tirelessly to research, find solutions to the problems of ageing both physically and emotionally. Age UK Southampton provide support and services to the older folk of Southampton. http://www.ageuk.org.uk/southampton/
Hampshire Search and Rescue support the police when searching for vulnerable, missing people in “lowland areas”. Called out day and night more often than most of us realise, they provide an essential service when we can find ourselves in difficult, sometimes traumatic situations. http://www.hantsar.org/
Sway Village Hall provides their local community with a place to have the events that make a community, well, a community! Like all Village Hall Committees the team provide a vital lifeline to the residents of this New Forest village. http://www.swayvillagehall.hampshire.org.uk/
Otterbourne WI for St Matthews Church Otterbourne. The ladies of the WI will have a coronation tombola at the Jalopies, Carnival of Karts and village fete on Sunday 30th June. http://www.chobenefice.co.uk/CHO_Benefice/Otterbourne_Jalopies.html
Fawley Church Organisation, Hampshire, supporting All Saints Church and the local community. I’ll be taking a cushion along when I open their fete on Saturday. 6th July.
Communicare, Locks Heath offers so much support to the elderly and disabled members of their community. Organising transport, running a coffee shop, providing lunches, a team of wonderful volunteers provide truly essential services. http://www.farehamaction.org.uk/care/communicare.htm
Different Strokes, Southampton helps younger stroke sufferers reclaim their lives, offering exercises classes, telephone support and ensuring thy can support each other, it’s another extraordinary charity. http://www.ourhealth.southcentral.nhs.uk/services/different-strokes-southampton.html
Solent MS Therapy offers specialist support to Southampton residents suffering with MS. Like so many groups, the therapy offers so much more than just exercise. Friendship, support, sharing and confidence are on offer as well. http://www.mstherapycentres.org.uk/centre.php?ref=10
Froglife are a national charity that not only support, care for and educate about our amphibian wildlife, they work with young offenders and have various schemes that roll out locally, including “Toads on Roads”. http://www.froglife.org/
The Rose Road Association is a very special Southampton charity that works with young disabled people. The Royal Southern Yacht Club will be supporting them at their Christmas Fayre, where one of the cushions will be auctioned.
A second cushion for Cystic Fybrosis. Patricia Walker got in touch to tell me her two very young grandsons both suffer with this cruel disease. Her family does a lot of fund raising and a cushion will be raffled at the boy’s school Christmas Fair.
Hedge End Music Makers. Singing is having a renaissance as people realise the sheer joy of getting together and making music. It’s an anecdote for so many of life’s problems. I’m delighted that one of my cushions will be supporting a group that brings joy to its members and audiences.
The Elizabeth Foundation in Hampshire is a pre school for profoundly deaf children. They do incredibly important work in helping very small children cope with the world around them. With a much loved family member whose hearing suffered terribly with each pregnancy, and sadly had a terrible operation which meant a cochlear implant was an impossibility, I have profound respect for those coping with deafness, and those helping them. http://www.elizabeth-foundation.org/
Highcliffe Dementia Support Group A social group with a structured programme including short talks, music, showing short DVDs, games. The members with dementia feel safe and not threatened by matters that are beyond them, and the carers are given confidence in knowing they are not alone. Important and groundbreaking. Find details of their meetings at Dorset For You.
This time last year we were all SO excited for the Minstead Training Trust. Together with Furzey Gardens last year they won a Gold Medal at the Chelsea Flower Show. The garden has just been re-dedicated after the re-planting at Furzey as a permanent fixture. It’s a delight to feel one of my cushions could support them in their ventures. Go visit them at Furzey! http://www.minsteadtrainingproject.org/
Mount Noddy Animal Centre (RSPCA), Chichester. Supporting the RSPCA, photographer Dennis Low has an exhibition, Roussillion Pets, at the Rousillion Park show home. Please pop along and support him if you can. The Exhibition runs from 21st to 29th June 2013.
Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance. The astonishing work the air ambulance teams do depends 100% on donated funds. Fingers crossed my cushion helps keep them in the air for a few more minutes!
Feline Welfare on the Isle of Wight http://www.felinewelfareiow.co.uk/. Who are incredibly busy looking after cats and kittens whilst trying to rehome them.
Mosaic a charity supporting bereaved children, their families and carers in Dorset. http://www.mosaicfamilysupport.org.uk
The Macmillan unit in Christchurch. http://www.macmillanlocal.org/. Offering essential and wonderful support to people facing cancer treatment and their families.
A local branch to the Cystic Fybrosis charity http://cysticfibrosis.org.uk/ that supports those who have this cruel disease and those who love and care for them.
SCRATCH in Southampton, who work to help folk who find themselves in dire straits with all sorts of essentials, food, furniture – all sorts of things, including Christmas presents for children who would have nothing without some support. http://www.scratchcharity.co.uk/
The East Hampshire Disability Forum do a huge amount of work to help people with all sorts of disabilities live a life full of opportunities. http://www.ehdf.org.uk/
The Isle of Wight Asthma Swim Group Help anyone on the Island cope with asthma through swimming and support. http://www.wightchyps.org.uk/chyps/viewServiceDetails.aspx?id=1399
The Countess Mountbatten Hospice in Southampton gives wonderful support and care to folk with life limiting illness, and to their families. http://www.cmhcharity.org.uk/
Lymington Sailability we have many great sailing charities in the Solent and Lymington Sailability is one of those that offers the chance for folk who might not move too well on land to share the joy of sped, the wind in their hair and experience the joy of sailing in one of the most beautiful stretches of water in the world… I’m not biased! http://lymingtonsailability.com/
Test Valley Volunteers. Organises volunteers in the Test Valley area. So many people doing so many great things, including a Dial A Ride service. I don’t know how we’d cope without people who not only care, but get out there and do something about it!
The RNLI at Highcliffe. So many of us enjoy the Solent that the RNLI is a very precious charity in our patch. At Highcliffe they patrol one of our most beautiful beaches. http://rnli.org/Search/Pages/results.aspx?k=Highcliffe
Jacks Place at Naomi House and The Variety Club of Great Britain. Avril Owton at The Clouds Hotel, Brockenhurst, is having a charity cream tea for these two great charities on 14th July.
http://www.naomihouse.org.uk/ & http://www.variety.org.uk/
Abbeyfield, Twyford. I have a big reason to be grateful to Abbeyfield. To my surprise and without talking about it, my Dad booked in when my Stepmum died. He’s 93 and its wonderful to know he’s warm, fed and has great human contact. He also came back close from Chichester, which means I see him most days. I’m so grateful to all the staff and volunteers there. http://www.abbeyfieldwinchester.hampshire.org.uk/
The Cat and Rabbit Rescue Centre is based in Chichester, just out of my patch, but does work in Portsmouth, too. Having had enough rabbits to suggest we were part of some strange cult (and been runner up to Miss Chichester in, um, 1972!), I couldn’t resist! http://www.crrc.co.uk/
Swanage Lifeboat Fundraisers. If I can help to contribute even a small amount to the new vessel the fund raisers are hoping to buy, I’ll be very chuffed! http://www.swanagelifeboat.org.uk/
The South Atlantic Medal Association provides a huge range of support and care for all those who fought in the Falklands conflict. http://www.sama82.org.uk/
Guide Dogs For The Blind. The Winchester and Eastleigh fundraising group got in touch to see if they could have a cushion to help with funds! Of course! http://www.guidedogs.org.uk/
The Grove, Bournemouth The Grove is a Hotel, funded by Macmillan, for cancer sufferers or those with other life limiting illnesses, and their relatives. Creating special memories and moments in difficult times. http://www.thegrovebournemouth.co.uk/