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Carol Kitching Visits the Mansion House

17th July 2019

Not one but two of our volunteers have now been awarded the prestigious ‘Order of Mercy’, by the League of Mercy’.

 

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In 2017, John Hambly had the award bestowed upon him. Now it is the turn of another long-standing volunteer Carol Kitching who recently visited  the Mansion House to receive her own ‘Order of Mercy’ presented to her at an annual award ceremony where 50 or sometimes fewer deserving volunteers are recognised for their outstanding achievements.

Founded some 120 years ago by the Prince of Wales and established by Royal Charter of Queen Victoria, the ‘League of Mercy’ first had its roots in recruiting volunteers to assist the sick and vulnerable. It was later disbanded in 1947 with the advent of the NHS, only to be re-established in 1999 some 100 years after it was first formed. Today, it exists to recognise and reward long-standing volunteers who give their time to communities within the UK for charitable purpose.

The League of Mercy believes that it is vital to recognise and honour the work of volunteers. By doing so they feel will develop public awareness of the work of volunteers and encourage others to join them in giving up their time to the voluntary care of those in need.

Carol, as our members are aware has been a Samson Centre volunteer for 12 years and in that time, she has volunteered her valuable time in the office and also made copious cups of tea and coffee for members and visitors alike. Carol has been involved with many fundraising activities for the Centre, but one notable activity has raised over £100,000 alone and that is her organisation of Street Collections. Carol has  a listening ear, a warm and generous personality and a smile that has and continues to inspire and encourage all around her.

On that note we would like to congratulate Carol Kitching and thank her on behalf of everyone at the Samson Centre for her time, past, present and continued support.

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Assault Course Event. A Big Thanks to Sam Smith

19th June 2019

A huge shout out to Sam Smith for organising an Assault Course event for us that took place on Saturday at Henfold Lakes near Dorking.

21 brave souls got very muddy, tackled various obstacles and had a great afternoon in the process!

An amazing £2800 has been raised for the Samson Centre. Thank you so much to Sam (who also took part herself) and everyone else who took part and helped raise such a great sum.

 

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Huge congratulations to Steve Duckworth for completing the London Marathon

2nd May 2019

Huge congratulations to Steve Duckworth for completing the London Marathon on Sunday in a great time of 4 hours and 5 minutes. Steve has raised close to £3000 so far for the Centre which is hugely appreciated by all at the Samson Centre for MS.

We now hope that Steve is recovering well from his mammoth feat!

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Many thanks to the Surrey Association of Woodturners

26th April 2019

Many thanks to the Surrey Association of Woodturners for presenting a cheque for the Samson Centre

recently at one of their evening meetings in Mytchett. They raised a very nice £385 for the Centre.

Much appreciated by all of us.

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Big Thanks to Steven, Natasha and all at RSM

25th April 2019

Steven and Natasha from RSM in Guildford came in to present us with just under £5000!

They had many runners taking part in the Surrey Half Marathon on behalf of the Samson Centre for MS and also took on additional fundraising in their offices such as cake sales, sponsoring the runners etc.

Thank you so much RSM for supporting us – we are really grateful for what you have done.

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James Bannister completes the Brighton Marathon

18th April 2019

James Bannister bravely completed the Brighton Marathon on Sunday in an amazing 4 hours 12 minutes in memory of his Dad, Robin Bannister

James’s dad was a much loved member of the Samson Centre for MS.

If you are able to donate to James’ online page, please go to virginmoneygiving.com/JamesBannister2

then click on Running the Brighton Marathon

Thank you so much James for running for us and in memory of your lovely Dad.

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Thanks to RSM for Supporting Us

12th March 2019

We had some amazing runners from RSM in Guildford take part in the Surrey Half Marathon on Sunday.

 

Despite very windy conditions, they all completed the race and raised an amazing £3500 for the Centre in the process!

 

Thanks so much to RSM for supporting us and also to Steven Boys who put our name forward as a possible charity for them to support. We are really grateful for what you have done.

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Shopping on Amazon Smile Now Helps To Support The Samson Centre for MS

5th February 2019

Take advantage of the convenience of shopping at Amazon and support The Samson Centre for MS at the same time simply by following the link below. A portion of your purchases will be donated to help support our mission.

  • Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice.
  • AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service.
  • Follow this link to log on using your normal Amazon Password.

https://smile.amazon.co.uk/ch/1157827-0

 

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Bingo! Bingo! Big Thanks for a Fun Night.

4th February 2019

Thanks so much to Sam for running a great Bingo night on Friday along with her helpers, Ethan, Cerys and Archie.

We had 26 people attend instead of the 46 expected due to the nasty weather conditions. However, this did not stop us still raising a very healthy £665 for the Centre on the evening! Thanks again Sam for organising and running such a fun evening for us – you did a brilliant job.

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Big Thanks to Lily Porter for Climbing Kilimanjaro

30th January 2019

Lily Porter has raised a brilliant £1562.67 for the Samson Centre for MS by climbing to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro earlier this month. 8 days of really hard climbing – what an amazing achievement! Lily – you are a star! See her story at https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/LilyPorter3

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Jan, 2019

 

Big Thanks to Phillip Preston. Challenge Completed.

5th Jan 2019
5th January 2019

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5th January Phillip Preston’s Winter Mountain Trek
Phillip Preston took on the Winter Fan Dance – a 24km trek up the Pen y Fan, the highest mountain in the Brecon Beacons on 5th January 2019.
He also carried a 42lb rucksack in the depths of winter!
He has already raised an amazing £2000 for the Centre.
Do help him to raise even more if you can via his justgiving link which is:
A very Big Thanks to Phillip!
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Dec, 2018

 

Well Done to Chris Boys 1,000,000 Metres Completed!

31st December 2018
30th December 2018

One year and 1,000,000 metres of indoor rowing later….

…what a challenge…but for Chris Boys our volunteer gym manager, known to many of us, it is even more amazing as he lives with MS.

At the beginning of the year he wanted to embark on something to raise valuable funds for the Samson Centre. Now, 1,000,000 metres later he has finally rowed across the finishing line. Read More in our latest Newsletter

He has raised over £1150 and the total is still rising. Help by donating more Now- click here and go to Chris’s Fundraising Page Online.

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A Big Thanks to All for Helping and Supporting our Christmas Fair

10th December 2018

Thank you so much to those of you who came along to our Xmas Fair on Saturday in Milford village hall.

A great team of helpers made this all possible and we raised a very healthy £2300 for the Centre.

We expect this amount to increase further over the next couple of days when we sell off some of the outstanding goodies at the Centre.

Many thanks again to everyone who supported the Fair in any way, by attending, donating items, buying raffle tickets, volunteering on the day, counting the proceeds and of course a big thank you to our very own Santa, Chris!

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Big Thanks to The Lovely Ladies from Cranleigh Sunflowers

29th November 2018

These lovely ladies in yellow from Cranleigh Sunflowers running club came in today to present us a cheque for £1200!

They have raised the money over the past year by Pam hosting a coffee morning, Anne running in the Edinburgh Marathon, knitting goodies, to name but a few.

There was an additional £400 on top of the cheque given to us today so these amazing ladies have raised over £1600 for the Centre.

Thank you so much for supporting us.

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Recent Award Ceremony at the Centre

13th November 2018

Photos of our volunteers and attendees.

At the recent award ceremony for the Queens Award for Voluntary Service.

A lovely afternoon for our volunteers recently when the Lord Lieutenant of Surrey, Michael More-Molyneux presented the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service to Gilly and Jim on behalf of all our amazing volunteers.

We could not run the Centre without our very loyal volunteers and it was so lovely to get recognition for them via this very prestigious award.

Follow the links for background information on the award.


https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queen’s_Award_for_Voluntary_Service

.http://www.surreylieutenancy.org/HMlordlieutenant.html

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