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Samson Rising-A New Book launching in August

2nd June 2020

Many of you will not be aware that over the last 5 years John Hambly, our Vice Chairman and founding trustee, has been writing his memoirs

A large part of which is based around the development of the Centre, life’s lessons learnt through his Cornish upbringing, and experiences through his beloved game of rugby.

I am delighted to announce that Samson Rising will be published on the 21st August and is available for pre-order now through his publisher, United Writers or Waterstones. A nominal donation from each book sale will go to the Samson Centre.

I read the manuscript and can thoroughly recommend it! Order your copy now from either the Unitedwriters or Waterstones



Christmas cards for sale at the centre

21st October 2016

imageimageimageSamson Centre Christmas cards are now on sale at the centre. The 3 new designs are shown here along with some cards left over from last year. They are all on display at the centre and can be bought from Jackie, Carol or Caroline in the office.



Calling all runners!

2nd June 2015

We have 30 spaces to fill in the British 10k race in London on Sun 12 July 2015 and need lots of runners to support us by taking part in this race. We ask that each runner gains a minimum of £200 in sponsorship for the Samson Centre for MS. Your place in the race is paid for by the Samson Centre and a running vest is also supplied for each runner.
Please let me know ASAP if you know anyone who would like to get involved in this great race.



Jackie's Podcast for Eagle radio

2nd June 2015

Listen to the podcast of Jackie, our centre manager first broadcast in March 2015 being interviewed by Eagle radio (scroll down to the Samson centre in the second column) by clicking here



Inner Wheel of Guildford

14th January 2015

Many thanks to the Inner Wheel of Guildford who have agreed to support the Samson Centre for MS during 2015 as their chosen charity of the year. We are very grateful for their support.



Rotary Club of Guildford

22nd December 2014

The Rotary Club of Guildford have very kindly agreed to raise some funding for the Samson Centre for MS during 2015 in order to purchase two significant pieces of equipment for our Physios to use with our members i.e. a standing frame and a sophisticated exercise bike. We are so grateful for their ongoing support of our work.



The Wisley Foundation

22nd December 2014

The Wisley Foundation will be supporting us in 2015 with a grant to fit out our 3 new physiotherapy rooms once the extension to the main hall is completed. The Wisley Foundation will be providing funds to enable us to purchase new physio plinth beds and hoists for the new private physiotherapy rooms. We are so grateful for their support.



The Occam Singers

19th December 2014

Many thanks to the Occam Singers (chamber choir based in Guildford) who are supporting the Samson Centre for MS as their chosen charity of the year from Dec 2014 and throughout 2015. We are very grateful for your support.



Tandridge Golf Club

19th December 2014

Many thanks to Tandridge Golf Club who will be supporting us as the  Lady Captain’s Charity of the Year during 2015. We are really grateful for your support.



Centre closure

07/04/14 (Mon) to 21/04/14 (Mon)
2nd May 2014

Please note that the Samson Centre will be closed for 2 weeks for physio, gym and classes over the Easter holidays, and on Easter Monday.
Oxygen sessions will be provided as usual during the break, but please note that there will be no sessions on Good Friday or Easter Monday. Please let the office know if you will not be able to make your normal oxygen booking.
The Centre reopens for all therapies on Tuesday 22nd April.



Mindful Meditation course

28th April 2014

Phil Startin, who was diagnosed with primary progressive MS when he was 39, is running a weekly Mindful Meditation course at the Samson Centre for 8 weeks, starting on Wednesday 7th May. He has discovered the benefits of mindfulness meditation and would like to help some of our people benefit from this too.

Click here to view or download a flyer containing more information about the course.

10 places are available on a first come, first served basis – please contact the office to request a place.



All right – what am I bid?

25th April 2014

On Saturday 3rd May, the charity, in association with St. John’s Church in Milford, is holding a charity auction and cheese & wine evening at Milford Village Hall which will launch our latest fundraising campaign for a large extension which will include our new Baric Oxygen Therapy Centre and meeting facility.

The sale of collectables and general items, conducted by Tim Duggan from Ewbanks Auctioneers, will be our first event of this type and should certainly get the adrenalin pumping!

Click here to view or download the catalogue giving the details of each of the lots to be auctioned.

Click here to view or download a file containing images of each of the lots.

Please be aware that the images file is quite large and may take some time to donwload.



Calling all runners – the Samson Centre needs you!

2nd April 2014

We are still short of 10k runners (or fast walkers!) for the British 10k race in London on Sunday 13th July 2014. We have 30 spaces to fill and so far only 22 stalwarts have stepped up to the plate for us.

If you know anyone who is willing to run for us and raise a minimum of £200 in sponsorship for the Samson Centre in the process, do please contact the office. Runners need to be able to complete the 10k within 2 hours, so brisk walkers can also achieve this distance within this timescale.



Recent Fundraising Highlights

1st April 2014

It’s always humbling to realise just how much we depend on the generosity and hard work of our many supporters, who tirelessly go about raising the funds we need to keep our superb centre going.

Here are some of the recent events which have taken place:

Sarah Carton, the niece of former member Fleur Crowther-Smith, undertook an impressive bike ride in Sweden on the 9th June, raising £684.60 for the Centre in her memory.
On the 22nd June, MSTG(G) member Jane Yates took part in a 10k run in Finsbury Park and raised £500 for the Centre.
The curry and quiz night held at the Centre on the 5th July, with delicious curries made by MSTG(G) Trustee (and volunteer oxygen operator) Mike Collings, raised £462.
MSTG(G) Member Ella Findlay volunteered to have her head shaved in aid of the Samson Centre on the 13th July. So far, she has raised an amazing £2,316.63 – and she’s hoping there’s more to come!
Hindhead Gold Club have adopted the Samson Centre as their charity of the year and have so far raised a staggering £8,988!
We never take them for granted, but – as usual – our runners in this year’s British London 10k Race on the 14th July have done us proud, raising around £6,500 for the Centre.
Two open gardens, Ann Bellamy’s on the 14th July, and Lyn Gray’s on the 15th August, raised £1,000 and £500 for the Centre respectively.
MSTG(G) member Fabiola Stifano clearly has nerves of steel, having done a skydive in aid of the Centre on the 17th August. To date, this insane idea has raised just under £4,000!
Although they weren’t able to persuade Samson Centre Manager Jackie Payne to join them, her husband Chris, son Harry and sister-in-law Caroline successfully completed a 7-day trek to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro at the end of August. Their efforts have swelled the Centre’s coffers by just under £2,600.
The golf day organised by Farnham Lions at Hindhead Golf Club on the 29th August has raised over £7,000 for the Centre.
The cake sales organised at the Centre by Heather Ashton are always both popular and profitable, and the one held on the 18th September was no exception. Aided and abetted by a veritable host of people including Gilly Denyer, Laura Farrell, Ross Ludgate, Sheila & Jim Buntin, Linda Broughton and Anne Collings, the event made over £240 in cake sales, with another £90 coming from the raffle.

As ever, our heartfelt thanks go to all those involved in these events. We really couldn’t keep the Centre going without your energy, commitment and support.



An extension to the Centre will start to be built from Jan 2015!

19th March 2014

Brilliant news – we have finally received our long-awaited planning permission to build an extension to the Samson Centre!

The project consists of two phases, the first being an extension to the main hall in order to provide three more private physio treatment rooms and a storage room.

As part of Phase I, a new kayak shed will need to be built for the Wey Kayak Club, as one will be lost as a result of the hall extension; this will be paid for by the kayakers.

Phase I will start early in Jan 2015 and will take a few months to complete.

The project’s second phase is a larger extension on the other side of the current building to provide a large oxygen therapy suite (which will house a 6 person oxygen chamber and one or two individual oxygen chambers) plus a meeting room where members can talk in confidence to our MS Clinical Practitioner, committee meetings can be held, etc.

The entire project is expected to cost in the order of £750,000, and a significant fundraising campaign, the exact timescales of which are still to be determined, will be needed to achieve this challenging target. An extension fundraising sub-committee has been set up and is hard at work identifying various grant making bodies which could be approached for possible funding. However, we really need your help as there is a huge amount of money to be raised!

Please have a think about you may be able to help with the fundraising campaign. Some ideas include holding a garage sale, cake sale, taking part in a sponsored event, holding a dinner party for friends and they make a donation to the Centre in order to attend, set up a standing order donation each month to the Centre, ask friends and family to donate to the Centre instead of buying you birthday/Christmas/anniversary presents etc.

This promises to be a very busy and exciting time for the group – watch this space for further news!

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