If you would like to make a donation to Scarf that would be fantastic. It's very easy as we now have a Virgin Money Giving page, which you can access here: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charity-web/charity/finalCharityHomepage.action?charityId=1009990. Thank you for your support. Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation, and can claim gift aid on your behalf if you are eligible.
Fundraising in 2015
We've had some fantastic donations over the summer. Sally and Rick Coombe, grandparents of a Scarf member, and long-time fundraisers for Scarf, have once more raised an enormous amount for us, mostly through their open studio event where they exhibit their work as part of Hampshire Artists Open Studios. This year they raised a grand total of £1,615.61, which is more than ever, and they would like to be specifically ear-marked for our multi-sports programme. During the two weeks they are open, as well as exhibiting their work, they also run a bring and buy sale together with offering teas, coffees, cakes and ice creams – all proceeds of which go to Scarf. The money raised is down to a fantastic family team effort, with their daughter, Scarf member Jo Williams, who not only baked about 18 cakes, but also helps during the two week period as well as exhibiting her work made from re-cycled materials, and grand-daughter, Chloe, who made and sold button broaches, with some of the profits going to Scarf. We are very grateful for the hard work and support from the whole family.
We would also like to thank Karen Brace, who's on Scarf's committee, for raising £286 by running the Race for Life (raising money both for Scarf and cancer charities). Thanks also go out to her parents, Rose and Dennis Sque, for hosting a coffee morning to raise funds.
We'd also like to thank Goodall's Strawberry Farm in Lymington for raising £275 for us through their honesty box and also a charity collecting tin.
We've had cheques from many of the local parish councils, including Milford Parish Council (£250), Sway Parish Council (£100) and Hordle Parish Council (£220). As well as a number of local Rotary Clubs including Lymington Rotary (£200) and Bransgore and District Rotary (£300). Hyth and Waterside Rotary donated £100 to Scarf - they make a donation to the charity that was nominated by the pupil awarded their Rotary Schools Trophy at Oak Lodge School. This year Kamron Flaxman won this award, and nominated Scarf as his Mum and sister both work for Scarf as support workers. We really appreciate Kamron nominating us, and congratulate him on being awarded such a fantastic trophy.
In April we were awarded £1000 by One Stop, and this is to spend on a day out for families during the school summer holidays. We look forward to organising this and really appreciate this significant donation.
Thanks to Chris Gregory, who ran the London Marathon for Scarf on 26th April, fundraising has been fantastic this month. Chris's total is looking likely to be around £2,330 (including gift aid) once all his money has been collected. This is a huge amount to raise, and Chris over-reached his initial target by a long way.
We really appreciate all of Chris's efforts to run the marathon and raise this amount of money for Scarf.
Here's Chris's story - "I am really proud to have completed the 2015 London Marathon and to have raised funding for Scarf. After I was offered the marathon place in February, I was initially very excited, however my excitement soon turned to fear when I was sent a 16 week training plan, only to realise that there were only 10 weeks until the marathon itself! After a few slow training runs it became quite clear that I wouldn’t win the race, but lots of people told me that it was the taking part that counted, so I carried on training and soon the big day was upon me.
I travelled up to London on the morning of the event, and as I approached the start at Greenwich Park, it became clear how amazing the event really is; over 38000 people, all with their own stories, about to embark on a real test of human endurance.
At 1010, the race started, and some 10 minutes later, I crossed the start line, nervously anticipating what lay ahead. Right from the start the support at the side of the road was amazing, there were people everywhere along the route, cheering, shouting people’s names, offering drinks and jelly babies. The sights of London came and went, and at half way I still felt ok. The next few miles weren’t too bad and then at about mile 17 I realised that 26.2 miles really is a long way to run. My legs felt increasingly stiff and I slowed down to a snail’s pace. The last nine miles were really hard but the support inspired me to continue and eventually I saw Big Ben and knew that the finish wasn’t far away. I was so pleased to cross the line in just under five hours.
I'm so grateful to Scarf for giving me this opportunity to do something worthwhile, and I would recommend the experience to anyone. Finally, a big thank you to everyone who sponsored me and supported me on the day."
Well done Chris! Thank you very much from all at Scarf.
We've had lots more fantastic donations to Scarf during March, including £500 from Neil Harris and as Garmin's charity of the year, we were delighted to receive a second very generous cheque for £2,500. We also had a donation of £260 from Beryl and Alf Pitt, who are a Scarf parent, Karen Brace's Aunt and Uncle- it was their golden wedding anniversary party, and they asked friends and family to make a donation to Scarf instead of buying presents. We really appreciate such a kind and generous thought.
We have had a great start to the fundraising year with New Milton Friends Group contacting us to say they would like to present us with a cheque for £500. This is greatly appreciated by everyone at Scarf.
We were delighted to receive a cheque for £275 from Mudeford Ladies Club, who had adopted Scarf as their charity of the year. After hearing one of our parents talking to the group, we have had a couple of follow up donations from members of the club, for which we are very grateful.
Solent RC Model Boat Club chose to support Scarf in their Christmas raffle for the second year running, raising a lovely £71 for us.
Garmin have adopted Scarf as their charity of the year this year, and at our multi sports club presented us with a cheque for a huge £1,329. This was a great surprise, and will go a long way.
Councillor Paul Woods of New Milton ward has also sent us a cheque for £400 from his Community Grant fund. He has supported Scarf for several years now, for which we are very grateful.
Fundraising in 2014
We have received several cheques from local councils over the summer, including £1,666 from New Forest District Council for our Early Years Summer Playscheme, £100 from Sway parish, £200 from Hordle and £200 from Milford on Sea, which we are very grateful for.
In March, we received a donation from the Mudeford Men's Club for £750. This was a wonderful surprise for our Treasurer, Bob Burney, who was invited along to pick up a cheque. We really appreciate their support for Scarf!
In February we collected a donation from the Curtain Up Theatre Company. Not knowing what to expect, two members of Scarf's Committee went along to one of their rehearsals and received a wonderful welcome and were presented with a cheque for £500, which was an amazing surprise! They were then treated to performed renditions of Sandman, You'll never walk alone and Country Rose to mention a few. The Curtain Up Theatre Company perform throughout the area, collecting donations which are then given to a local charity. Scarf were really lucky that they chose us this year. Thanks You!
Also in February we received a donation of £70 from the Solent Radio Control Model Boat Club - this was raised at their annual Christmas lunch charity raffle and is much appreciated. The club had heard about scarf through the wife of their Scale Captain, who is a Manager at Sainsbury's in Christchurch (where scarf is the charity of the year).
We'd like to thank Oakhaven In-patient Unit for their donation of £63.74 in January, which was from their Christmas Card charity collection.
Fundraising in 2013
Thank you to everyone who supported Scarf last year in 2013. As we are a registered charity, we rely entirely on the grants and donations that we receive – without these we would not be able to carry on the work that we do. We’ve had a fantastic year of fundraising, and would like to acknowledge and thank everyone who has provided grants or donations to Scarf over the year.
A big thank you goes out to Hampshire County Council Short Breaks Team who gave us a grant of £21,000 last year to go towards our activities.
We’d also like to thank Santander Community Fund for their grant of £3,800 towards Scarf 2 activities.
New Forest District Council have been very generous over the last few years and donated £800 in 2013 to go towards our Early Year Summer Playscheme. Lymington Town Council have donated £250 and New Milton Town Council £300.
We have also been nominated as Sainsbury’s in Christchurch’s charity of the year for 2013/14, and are enjoying developing a close relationship with the team there.
We have also received numerous donations from supporters of Scarf during 2013:
Alex Noble, who works at Sainsbury’s in Christchurch, completed a huge 33½ mile walk along the Avon Valley Path from Salisbury to Christchurch in September. He raised over £300 in sponsorship money for Scarf. Well done Alex – that’s a great achievement.
New Forest Marathon Ltd donated £200 to Scarf as thanks for Lynn White and her family putting packs together for marathon runners.
Sally and Rick Coombe (grandparents of a Scarf member), have raised thousands of pounds for Scarf over the last few years. Each summer they have an open studio event as part of Hampshire Artists to exhibit their work. During these two weeks, they also run a bring and buy sale together with offering teas, coffees, cakes and ice creams - all proceeds of which go to Scarf. This together with the other various events they attend throughout the year, always with Scarf collecting tins, have been fantastic in promoting awareness of Scarf. Last year they managed to raise over £900 for Scarf and we’re very grateful for all their hard work and support.
King Edwards School in Southampton donated £250 to Scarf raised through various events and activities put on by the young people at the school – our thanks to Gus Woolley for putting forward Scarf as one of the charities for the school to support, and for all his fundraising efforts.
Waitrose in Lymington donated £478 to SCARF from their Community Matters Green Token Scheme – thanks to everyone who put their green token in the Scarfslot over the month of June – it was nearly full up by the month end. They also kindly donated some Halloween decorations to the SIBS Youth Group for their Halloween party.
Karen Brace, a Scarf parent, together with her daughter Faye, and Abbey White, a Scarf sibling, took part in the Race for Life. They raised money both for Race for Life and Scarf through sponsorship and a coffee morning. Overall they raised over £300 for Scarf, which is fantastic!
Faye Brace (a Scarf sibling and Multi-Sports Volunteer), Thomas Hind (a Scarf member) and Toby Ragg (a Scarf Multi-Sports Volunteer) all won New Milton Town Council Young Person of the Year awards having been nominated by Scarf. They all chose Scarf to be the beneficiary of the charity cheque they received.
Desmond Swayne, MP for New Forest West, has been a supporter of Scarf for a number of years, and has donated £50 during 2013.
Casey Flaxman, who’s been one of our Multi-Sports Support Workers for the past few years, organised a fundraising event at Brockenhurst College with other students, with a sporty theme. They managed to raise over £100 for Scarf.
Susie Jacobs, another one of our dedicated team of Multi-Sports Support Workers, ran the London Marathon in aid of Scarf and raised nearly £400 in the process!
Thanks also to Jim Bailey (the husband of Katy, who leads Multi-Sports) who ran a half-marathon raising £300 for Scarf. O2, where Jim works, kindly matched his fundraising with a donation of £250.
We also received a generous donation of £200 from a company in Christchurch called Interserve.
CTC (Cyclists’ Touring Club), who have been involved with Scarf and our inclusive cycling programme over the last few years, kindly donated £256 to go towards the two multi-sports cycling sessions that we ran in March 2013.