2015 was yet again a busy year for the Trust. As you know one of the aims of the Trust is to provide holidays for families with children suffering with life threatening illnesses and bereaved families.
This year between the two caravans we have had 50 families taking holidays. We have had support from many different groups of people who have put on fund-raising events to raise money for the Trust.
We have put on several events and have managed to raise enough funds to allow the families to have a free holiday where they can get away from the rigours of illness and spend some quality time together. Enabling us to do this has a lot to do with the amazing volunteers we have. Our volunteers not only help and support us at events but join our rota for cleaning the caravans in between families.
We would like to say a big thank you to our volunteers and all the people who have raised money for us over the last year. Inside the Newsletter you can see some of the amazing things people have done to raise funds for us.
I would also like to thank our Trustees for all their support during the year. We said goodbye to Dave Townsend as a Trustee due to other commitments although he, his family and friends remain strong supporters of the Trust.
It is now 8 years since Oli lost his brave fight with Ewing’s sarcoma.
Since then, as said before, we have given numerous families holidays they would not have been able to have if this facility was not open to them - through this Oli lives on.
One only has to read the visitors book to see how much having a break means to them. Here are just a few of the quotes from the book:
Recent Fundraising Events
The Trustees, led by Dave Townsend, our events organiser trustee at the time put on a Golf Day at the Tenterden Golf Club. Eight teams entered and despite the weather being atrocious – pouring rain all day – all the teams finished and had a great time. We are repeating this event on 10th June 2016 at The London Beach Hotel, Tenterden so polish your clubs and sign up.
ST RICHARDS CATHOLIC COLLEGE
Portia and Lucinda raised £342 for the Trust
by putting on a sponsored singing walk.
Thank you to them and to the school
and families for their support
ROCTOBER NEW YEARS EVE PARTY
Tim Phillips and the 1066 Rockit Men put on a concert at Rye College. Trustees and volunteers from the Trust manned the raffle which raised £1,800. Thank you Tim and the band for all your support over the years for the Trust.
HASTINGS HALF MARATHON
This year we had 24 runners. The Spire adopted us as their charity to run for this year and raised an amazing £1,270. So with their support and our runners over £4,000 was raised at the event. Thank you to all the runners and all the support team.
Sarah Curd ran the 2015 London Marathon in aid of The Bone Cancer Research Trust and raised £3,350. Well done Sarah that was a fantastic effort.
THE NEW INN WESTFIELD
£300 raised by Patrick and his team at a music evening following the Westfield Fete in June. Thank you one and all.
Danielle Roberts, one of our volunteers, organised a great Christmas Party at The George in Rye in 2014 and again at the The Mermaid in Rye in 2015 raising an amazing £6,000 over the two years. Thank you Danielle, The George and The Mermaid for all their support before and during the events.
Rye Wine Bar hosted a Hog Roast organised by Richard Curd and a good time was had by all who attended and £250 was raised.
From funds raised at their event at Pestalozzi Rural Pastimes generously chose us as one of their charities again this year and presented us with a cheque for £1,000. Last year we had a stand at the event but unfortunately due to other commitments we were unable to this year. However, we hope to return again in 2016 with a stand. Thank you all for your support.
Throughout the year Jempsons have had various collections on behalf of the Trust and have raised an amazing amount – thank you to all at Jempsons and to their customers for supporting the Trust as always.
We would like to say a special thank you to Hastings Direct who took us on as one of their charities for 2015. £2,500 has been raised by staff at Hastings Direct for the Trust. In addition a group from Hastings Direct came to Crowhurst Park and spent most of the day jet washing the caravan and provided plants for the garden around the caravan which included pots, wind chimes and fairy lights. A great time was had by all and their efforts have been greatly appreciated by the Trust and the families who have stayed at the caravan since. Thank you all.
Local fundraiser Leah AtholMurray took part in a trek in Nepal in October 2015, raising funds for The Oliver Curd Trust. Leah reached a fantastic £4,000 with her fundraising. Events have included two sets of Lindy Hop lessons and tea dances and a curry night in which Leah prepared the meal for over 60 people herself. Leah has previously undertaken treks in the Himalayas and India. We wish Leah all the best of luck on her travels and congratulate her on her support and achievements.
DILLON & DOLLY
Dillon & Dolly have been busy again this year. They were present at the Golf Day, Hastings Direct Crowhurst Park Day, opening of the Charity Christmas Card Shop in Rye and other events
A big thank you to John, Matthew, Sam and Jacqueline for adopting us as their charity last year at their Oakfest musical day and evening. A fantastic £3,500 was raised.
Last year we were able to upgrade both our caravans due to successful fundraising events by ourselves and the generosity of people who have raised funds for us.
Firstly we upgraded Crowhurst Park; We had the original caravan since we set the Trust up in 2008 and we wanted to provide the charity with a clearer future in providing the service to our families for the next 10 years and beyond.
This year we upgraded the caravan at Combe Haven and like the one at Crowhurst Park this is also insulated and, therefore, this will not only be more comfortable for the families but will reduce the running costs. In 2015 we had 50 families staying for either a long weekend or a weeks holiday. At time of going to press we already have 30 families booked for this year.
Without your support we would not be able to continue and would like to say a BIG THANK YOU.
Contact John Barnett on 01424 753323 if you would like to complete a Direct Debit form or make a donation or email firstname.lastname@example.org If you would like to know more about the Trust or would like to become a volunteer we would love to hear from you. Our supporters are our lifeblood – please get in touch if you would like to fundraise for us – we are always happy to help and support or if you would like to join our Caravan Cleaning Volunteers. Please contact Karen on 01424 882943 or 07802 573612
Do you know a family who have a child with a life threatening illness or a bereaved family who would benefit from a break in one of our caravans. If so please contact us!