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Chafford man to run the London Marathon for Diabetes

A 40-year-old man from Chafford Hundred who has recently been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes is taking on the challenge of the London Marathon to raise vital funds for Diabetes UK. Phil Cunningam, a company director, had already signed up to run the marathon but when he was diagnosed with the condition decided he would raise money for Diabetes UK.

New children’s hospice shop looks for volunteers

LITTLE Havens Hospice, which is part of charity Havens Hospices, expects to open the doors to its newest charity shop on Monday 7th April. The shop, which will be located at 14 King Street, Stanford-Le-Hope, will rely on kind donations to stock the shop floor with clothing and accessories, DVD’s, books, toys and bric-a-brac from the local community, and a team of committed volunteers to help keep it running smoothly.

Twenties night in aid of St Luke’s Hospice

A WONDERFUL twenties night in aid of St Luke’s Hospice will be held at the London Cruise Terminal at the Port of Tilbury. Full details are on the poster.

Going the distance for Tilbury’s unsung heroes

Yewande said: “I have been with One Community since the beginning and have seen first-hand what a difference we make to people’s lives. Many people in our community face multiple challenges including low income, unemployment, lack of confidence, lack of opportunity and financial difficulty. Some are on the brink of suicide when they walk through our doors.”

Little Havens ball in memory of Sam

FRIENDS and family danced until they dropped on Saturday evening at a black tie ball in aid of Little Havens Hospice. On Saturday 15th March, guests at a special charity ball at the New Windmill Hall in Upminster helped to raise over £2,500 for Little Havens Hospice in memory of local teenager Sam Ryder from […]

“Simply the Breast” raises over a thousand at Burlesque night

THE funds raised at the event will help to fund life-saving research into breast cancer. Breast Cancer Campaign fund world-class breast cancer research with the greatest potential to save and improve lives, bringing together the brightest minds to share knowledge and produce better, quicker results. They passionately believe we owe it to every woman affected by breast cancer to explore every avenue to overcome and outlive this disease – in our lifetime.

“Simply the Breast” set for an evening of Burlesque

NEWLY formed regional fundraising group for Breast Cancer Campaign called ‘Simply the Breast’ raised just over £1500 at a recent coffee & shopping morning held in the Village Hall in Horndon on the Hill. The ten committee members joined forces from all over Thurrock in January this year and have been busy planning events for 2014.

Rotary and church race night raises key funds for Ugandan church

ON Saturday 8th March at St Josephs Hall, Stanford le Hope around 90 racegoers supported this joint venture to raise funds to rebuild the Maternity Unit in Mitala Maria, Uganda. The evening began with a welcome by Rotary Club President-Karen Sayers-Irving and then Philip Hills (parishioner & Rotary Club member) explained in more detail about the Ugandan project.

St Luke’s Hospice gives thanks to their anonymous donors

CONSEQUENTLY, we are extremely grateful for all the support we receive which is greatly valued. So a heartfelt and sincere ‘THANK YOU’, goes out from everyone at St. Luke’s Hospice, to those who have donated and remain anonymous to us. We would like to assure them that every penny they have given will be used in the best possible way to add real value to the care and support we are able to give to patients and those who use our services.

Paul to cycle WW1 battlefields for Help4Heroes

PAUL said: “Maybe you have family or friends who have served in our National Forces, or may even be overseas on duty at the present time? Even if you don’t you’ll almost certainly know someone who has, and you’ll be hard pushed to avoid the news of the regular stream of casualties across the various media channels (and these are just the ones that make the national news)

Rotary heaps praise on youngest fundraiser

THE Rotary Club of Thurrock Gateway welcomed 10-year-old Monika Jones (Daughter of Member Liz Jones) to their meeting on Monday evening (3rd March 2014) at The Park Inn By Radisson, North Stifford. The most enterprising youngster had hand crafted book marks, pencil top decorations, grips & biscuits and then sold them to her school chums and in the process raised £30.95 towards Rotary Club charities.

Headroom boss says: “Back the Beard for Blu!”.

AS YOU can see, it is quite a beard already. Owner of the headroom hair salon in Lodge Lane, Grays, Gary Borley has been growing the beard since he went to see Scroobius Pip in concert. Since then it has been part homage and part charity challenge on behalf of four-year-old Chadwell boy, Blu Hill, […]

HW Wilson staff to sleep on the streets

STAFF at HW Wilson will be sleeping on the streets of Southend on Saturday night in order to raise money for charity. The intrepid trio of Peter Whiffen, Phil Pearson and Jeni Beckett are hoping to raise money for the Southend YMCA in what is called the Southend SleepEasy.

Launch held of Thurrock Community Chest Grand Draw

THE official launch of Thurrock Community Chest’s Grand Draw took place at Intu Lakeside last week. The charity raises money to offer grants to Thurrock based groups who deliver activities that benefit the residents of Thurrock.

Coffee morning for Breast Cancer in Horndon

A spokesperson said: “We have an exciting year of fundraising planned which includes a Burlesque for Breasts night, a Barn Dance, a stall at the Horndon Feast & Fayre, a team at the Horndon 10k, Dog Walk, Party in Pink and a London Trekathon!”

Mayor helps with charity effort

PETER said: “My dad died of cancer a few years ago and then I heard about the work MacMillan do and how they use coffee mornings to raise money. I just felt I had to do something.” He added: “I’d like to thank everyone who donated prizes – especially Heroes Framing Centre of Grays and Sainsbury’s at Chafford Hundred – and everyone who bought tickets. I’ve raised £505 overall.”

Deborah continues to raise funds for Dream Factory

OCKENDON resident, Deborah Awe has continued her fundraising efforts for The Dream Factory charity by organising an event at her school. Brentwood prep, year 4 pupil Deborah, eight, was first struck by the work of the charity when she met a new friend who had an incurable condition. She felt so moved that she decided to do something to help and was keen to involve her fellow pupils to arrange a charity day with a difference.

Dolly’s puds once again raise thousands for charity

EVERY November for nearly ten years, Dolly has rolled up her sleeves and created the puds from the heart of her kitchen. Using a secret recipe, Dolly then ships the puds out far and wide.

Stanley is back on his bike for charity

A VETERAN Chadwell St Mary cyclist will once again be pedalling around the borough for charity. Stanley Wall has become a familiar fixture over the years as the 87-year-old flies by those half his age on his trusty bike.

Genevieve to have head shaved for Teenage Cancer

A THURROCK woman is having her head shaved as part of a charity push in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT). Genevieve Smith works for The Body shop, who are sponsors of the TCT.

Rotary Club raise christmas cheer at Sainsbury’s

Over the weekend around 16 club members collected from the generous folk of Thurrock raising over £1,100.58, whilst Christmas Carols serenaded the shoppers.
The money raised along with funds from other ventures will be gifted to local & international charities at the club’s Annual Charity Awards event on 19th May 2014 at Langdon Hills Golf Club.

Burlesque dancers to trip down the aisles

BURLESQUE dancers will be tripping the light aisle seven for shoppers in Thurrock this Christmas. Burlesque Jems have classes across Essex that combine dance with a body confidence ethos.

Lions charity Christmas concert is a roaring success

WHAT a lovely evening, conductor Daryl Barber gave an excellent performance, guiding the choir singing in their first Christmas concert for this year. It was entertainment at its highest. There was audience participation when Daryl began his Christmas introduction and led into the first song.

Horndon mums trek Grand Canyon and raise £11,500 for Breast Cancer Campaign

TWO friends return from an epic trek through one of America’s most inhospitable terrains.

Nancy Smith & Andrea Nunnery both from Horndon on the Hill have just returned from a trek into the Grand Canyon in aid of charity Breast Cancer Campaign.
The journey took them into the centre of the canyon, through the Havasupai Reservation at its base and then ascending all the way up on the last day of their hike.

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