2018 began with friends and celebrations for the Children on the Edge team as our lovely Ambassadors gathered for a fun filled Quiz night. Over 120 people came together at Fittleworth Village Hall for 12 rounds of 2017 trivia and a delicious fish and chip supper.
Walter Jones (a long-standing member of the Children on the Edge volunteer team) and his appropriately named ‘Walter’s Winners’ team took the final prize at the end of night.
Whilst Walter and his team were gracious champions, it was the event and the people that made it such a memorable evening for Walter:
‘‘It was a super evening full of people who are committed to supporting Children on the Edge. People tonight were really keen to lend their support. They like the fact that Children on the Edge are a small, local charity, rather than a big bureaucracy. They are getting the job done well, helping children in serious need, and they keep donors in touch with the difference they are making”.
A glass was raised to everyone’s incredible generosity, support and hard work over 2017. The evening offered a moment to reflect on how much had been achieved by all involved with Children on the Edge in the last year, and their continuing work to restore the ingredients of a full and happy childhood to so many forgotten children.
The final total from the evening was an incredible £3,007.80.
If you would like to be involved in our next fundraising event, or maybe you would like to organise one, then please get in touch!
We're delighted that Ham Manor Golf Club in Angmering is hosting a golf day for Children on the Edge on Thursday 7th September. Tee-off is from 10am.
There is still space to join in for a day of golf in the beautiful Sussex surroundings of Ham Manor, and raise funds for a brilliant cause.
Simon Davies, the organiser says:
"Ham is one of the premier courses in Sussex and the day promises to be great fun with the chance to play some quality golf in a relaxed but competitive format and of course to raise a lot of money.
There will be a range of prizes and even a chance to buy free shots or mulligans to help boost both your score and the funds raised.
There are still some places available at £60 per head to include the golf, plus coffee on arrival and lunch"
If you're interested in buying a ticket, or would like more information please contact Simon Davies on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every year some of our wonderful ambassadors organise the Maxse Walk to raise money for our international projects. Registrations for this year's walk are now open and there are spaces ready to be filled!
The walk consists of five stunning routes across East and West Sussex between the 6th -10th April, with spectacular views guaranteed! Some of the scenic Sussex locations include Beachy Head, Devils Dyke, Petworth Park, Rother Valley and the South Downs. To fully enjoy the views and refuel, there is the option to have a delicious pub or picnic lunch at some of the walks. The rough area and dates of each walk are as follows:
Wednesday April 6th - Beachy Head
Thursday April 7th - Devil's Dyke
Friday April 8th - Rother Valley and Petworth Park
Saturday April 9th - A trundle around Goodwood
Sunday April 10th - The North Escarpment of the Downs form above and below.
It’s completely up to you how much walking you would like to take part in. If you are a walking enthusiast, you can complete all five routes, but you can just as easily opt for a day's walking or simply join the group for a morning.
All the money raised will be supporting our projects and the work of The Institute of Cancer Research.
We hope all the walkers have a fantastic time and that the sun will be shining!
To find out further information and book your place, please download a registration form and contact Sally Marien.
Throughout the year our lovely Ambassadors are busy planning a range of interesting events to raise money for Children on the Edge. Last month their fundraising took the form of a cricket match at Westbourne House.
Euan, our Children on the Edge Ambassador, provided us with the inside scoop from the day and told us all about what everyone got up to:
“On the 21st May the annual match between Westbourne House took place on a beautiful, sunny evening. The battle commenced under the wonderful and impartial eyes of the Headmaster of Westbourne House and the ex Headmaster of Dorset House.
The standard of cricket never quite lived up to the quality of banter and camaraderie of the individuals at this encounter. An unexpurgated version of this brief report is available for additional COTE contribution!"
We would like to say a special thank you to Anna, Charlotte, Alex, Simon and Johnny for all their hard work organising and hosting the match. Also not forgetting Euan who regularly helps with Ambassadors events and keeps all the guests updated about our international projects.
We are always so impressed by the dedication our Ambassador’s put into their fundraising and their innovative ways to support us. The cricket match was a great event combining an evening of friendly sport with raising awareness about our vital work. All together the match raised the incredible amount of £1500! A huge thank you to everyone who attended and donated.
If you have any fundraising ideas we would love to hear from you, please do get in touch!
You may remember an intrepid group of walkers last year organising three stunningly scenic, circular walks in Dorset to raise money for our projects.
The event was organised by one of our ambassadors, and this year the ‘Maxse’ group are back with another five gorgeous routes covering the Dorset Coast and Hardy’s Hills between the 25th and 29th March.
The good news is not only that they’re raising money for us, but that the event is open to everyone, human and canine alike. If you’re a keen walker, then you can go the whole hog and complete all five days, or for those with time (and energy!) constraints you can just pick out a day, or join the group for a morning. It’s a very flexible programme, just have a look through the schedule, and then sign up to what you’d like to do.
Highlights include unspoiled valleys and hills, a visit to Mapperton Manor gardens or Kingscombe Meadows Nature reserve, spectacular views of Chesil Beach, the renowned gardens of Littlebredy and Nettlecomb Tout (featured in Tess of the D’Urbervilles). Routes also give views of the Blackmore Vale, Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door and the fabulous coast path past the Old Harry Rocks.
To charge up walkers for the challenge there will be options of pub lunches or picnics depending on your preference. Dogs can join in the trek for a small charge and 100% of the money goes to both our work and the work of The Institute for Cancer Research.
We wish the walkers all the best for a wonderfully fresh-aired and rosy-cheeked time.
For any questions about the event please e-mail Sally Marien.
Our wonderful and inspirational ambassadors have been at it again…
This time they have organised a Children on the Edge tennis tournament for the third year running. A huge thank you needs to go to Charlotte for hosting and organising the event alongside Anna, Tracey and Alex who continue to work tirelessly to raise awareness of our work (see photo of organisers below). Thank you to all four ladies for working hard to ensure that it all went ahead smoothly and also to Euan, our Children on the Edge Ambassador who went along to tell all the competitors everything there is to know about us and all of our projects around the world.
A special thank you also to Nikki and her sister Jane for the donation of £500 from the Albert Van den Bergh Charitable Trust.
We are regularly bowled over by the generous acts of kindness by our supporters and the innovative and inventive ways they find of raising money, some more unusual than others!
The tennis tournament is a great way of bringing together a group of friends who all had a lot of competitive fun and spent an enjoyable day in the sunshine, whilst at the same time raising an enormous £1625 for Children on the Edge.
At Children on theEdge HQ, we are all about play and having fun, not just for the children we work with but here in the office too. It’s fantastic to hear that our supporters are having fun whilst raising awareness and some much needed funds for the children, families and communities with which we work.
If anyone can come up with some more fun, exciting and different ways of raising money for us please do get in touch!
Horse racing is a common fixture in the British sporting diary but a very special type of horse racing event happened at Fittleworth Village Hall on the evening of Thursday 27th February. The hall became, as if by magic, an elaborate flat race course, complete with Tote, steward’s offices and licensed bar, all wonderfully co-ordinated by Nick Rowley from Moonlight Events.
Chris Taylor, one of our Children on the Edge Ambassadors, organised a night to remember with a novel set of horse races to keep the punters entertained. The packed programme comprised six sponsored races, each having six imaginatively-named horses; a surprise double-jockey relay race, and a grand final.
The chosen jockeys, all sporting ‘full safety equipment’ (amounting to little more than a flimsy cap), mounted their saddles (village hall chairs) and, upon a shrill blast of the steward’s whistle, began frantically to wind-in their wooden steeds using just a short length of broom handle and string.
The jockeys were facing in the same direction as the horses which meant that they didn’t have a clue who’d won, until the steward blew his whistle again.
As you can imagine, this was a very serious business – as was the betting. After all, who can resist a small flutter on a fine filly?
After a short gastronomic break, of fish & chips, the final race, the Douglas & Gordon Derby, was won by Anna McMorran on Albert, holding off a stern challenge from a jockey too shy to be mentioned. Her prize was a huge silver cup (exquisitely crafted from cardboard and tin foil) and a bottle of champagne – which looked surprisingly real.
It proved to be a most enjoyable evening for all those who attended and what’s more, a staggering £1400 was raised for Children on the Edge - almost without the race-goers noticing!
Children on the Edge would like to thank Chris and his team as well as all the race-goers who made this such a huge success.
Thanks also go to Martin and Chris who provided this write-up.
If you have some kind of imaginative plan to raise money for our work, just get in touch!
If you are a keen walker or even a gentle ambler, you may be interested in joining one of our Ambassadors, Dr Chris Taylor, on a series of walks through stunning Dorset scenery, to be held between the 4th and 6th of April, in loving memory of Georgina Maxse.
They are a wonderful way to experience new walks with old friends and to make new friends on the way, choosing exactly how far you want to walk. All money raised will be supporting both Children on the Edge and Cancer Research UK.
Day one will be taking in the sites around Berwick St John, Alvesdiston, Win Green Hill, Swallowcliffe Down and the Ox Drove. The second day is a glorious downland circuit via Zig Zag Hill, Charlton Down, Win Green Hill to lunch at Tollard Royal, returning via the very pretty village of Ashmore and Compton Down. The last day consists of country lanes, trails, farm tracks and Roman roads around Gussage Hill, Cranborne and Pentridge Hill.
If this sounds appealing, why not sign up for a half day walk, a full day walk, pubbing and picnicking or doing all three days! There’s even an option to take your dog along for the journey. Just have a look through the full information and, if you’d like to partake, download a form and send it to email@example.com.
We’d like to say a huge thank you to Chris, Sally Marien and Barbara Roberts (with the help and encouragement of Tony Maxse) for organising such a fantastic event, and we hope the sun shines on you all!
We often cross paths with some pretty lovely people here at Children on the Edge and recently we were delighted to meet the Hodgson family who have been extremely hard at work fundraising for our projects.
Naturally we'd like you to have the opportunity to meet them too. In the photo on the left we have (L-R) Ed, Jamie, Jane, Poppy the dog (and Michael’s training partner), Michael, Tom and Chloe.
Michael Hodgson, who lives in South Harting and is Chairman of Douglas and Gordon Estate Agents in London, has raised over £4,500 in sponsorship (including an amazing £500 from one client in Yorkshire) when he ran the Chichester Half Marathon in October. Running alongside him was his second son, Jamie, who had also been busy raising over £850.
Their family efforts didn’t stop at running 13.1 miles however! A few weeks prior to the half marathon, the eldest Hodgson son, Tom, swam an epic 10km down the River Dart in Devon. Known as being a gruelling yet beautiful outdoor swimming challenge, Tom was pleased to complete the race and raised over £1400 in sponsorship money. He describes his day:
“We were lucky with the conditions with the sun shining and the wind and current in our favour. 700 swimmers left Totnes in Devon in 4 waves from about 1pm and we weaved our way 10km to the finish at Dittisham.
It was pretty tough, especially during the last couple of kilometres but apart from the odd stray foot in the face (!) there weren't any mishaps and it was a great event to be a part of. I'm now looking forward to spending a little less of my life counting the tiles on the bottom of swimming pools!"
Overall, the family have raised just over £7,400 which will have an incredible impact on our projects. We'd like to say a huge thank you to the Hodgson's and encourage any readers who are inspired by their achievements to get in touch.
Maybe you would like to get your family involved with fundraising for Children on the Edge with an activity you can all do together, perhaps not as training-intensive as a half marathon but maybe a sponsored bike ride or a family bake-off? Just e-mail Beckie with your plans and ideas.
On a happy sunny June evening, the mighty Dorset House Parents Association team took on their valiant Westbourne House counterparts in a titanic 20 over cricket match in Shopwhyke, Chichester.
White (or nearly white) trousers, yellowing bats and barely recognisable sweaters had been ransacked from hidden cupboards and Deep Heat set aside carefully for the post match celebrations.
In what was described by the Westbourne Captain as a 'closely contested affair', and the Dorset House Captain as a 'Walkover...almost a thrashing', a wonderfully joyous evening was celebrated by all concerned.
The Children on the Edge Ambassadors provided a welcoming BBQ and appropriate refreshments to dull the pains of over exertion.
Thanks to the generosity of individuals, and a completely inappropriate fining system for minor technical infringements, over £1500 was raised for our projects. Our grateful thanks to Mr Barker, Westbourne House Head teacher, for kindly allowing us to hold the event and to all those who cooked, played and celebrated a splendid evening.
If you’re part of an organisation that would be interested in putting something equally valiant together, then please do get in touch!