For over 5 years FACE has been supporting the development of a special unit in St Georges that will uplift the experiences of children and young adults while they are in hospital being treated for cancer, by creating a special zone for relaxation, communication, and enjoyment. A specialist nurse advocate (funded by MacMillan Nurses) will be based in the room to support young people.
The chill-out room was officially opened on 18th September by our local MP Dr Rosena Allin-Khan with St George’s staff, governers and members of FACE – it was great to hear from a young patient about how much this will mean to them and staff who will be working there.
This was only possible thanks to all the fundraising efforts locally; including Graveney School and FCN. This successful outcome demonstrates what a caring and brilliant community we live in. By uniting efforts from individuals, families, schools, organisations, and enterprises in and around Furzedown we can make such a difference and have helped make this dream become a reality.
Please read more in the official press release HERE
Our friend at Mark Warner has donated an amazing prize for us to raffle!
A fantastic ski holiday worth up to £5000, including flights and half board accommodation and we are selling tickets now! The lucky winner will be drawn at the Moyser Road Winter Market on Saturday 14 December and we’ll be selling the last of the lucky numbers when the market starts at 4.30pm so please come along!
The holiday is a ski holiday in Europe for up to four people, with flights, transfers, one week’s half board and shared accommodation (excluding school holidays). For more details please visit the Mark Warner website on http://www.markwarner.co.uk
To win simply donate £10 to get a ‘lucky number’ from a member of FACE or visit Stuart at 6 Chillerton Road. He has the master board with 400 numbers, to which names will be added. Tickets will also be sold at various local businesses – to be confirmed.
We’ve been featured in the local issue of The Resident’s Journal, more than we’d thought – a whole double page spread. We’re a bit embarrassed but proud too, and of course we could have done nothing without the support of everyone in Furzedown!
Our hardworking local MP has been amazingly supportive of our work, giving up his time and donating prizes for our raffle. His opening speech was great – he apoligised for not being Arthur Smith! He knew Gareth and was moved by him and his family and their struggle with MND.
Sadiq also picked the winning ticket for a Heyland & Whittle gift hamper.
Our Heads & Tails game was very popular – probably because of the great prize – a Martini evening at The Little Bar worth up to £150
She was very happy to win!
The food was delicious – chilli con carne and jacket potatoes followed by a cakes galore
The quiz itself was challenging and fun with 10 rounds of very different questions, from identifying pasta and rice to film stills and current affairs… something for everyone!
There were teams from St George’s hospital as well as the South London MND Association and even a team of Graveney six formers!
The winning team were The Cherry Garcias – well done to them!
Furzedown came out in force and the event was packed. The night began with a few words from Jane, whose daughter had been treated for cancer in St George’s when she was a teenager and who also spoke about Gareth who inspired our fundraising efforts. The Quiz was opened by Sadiq Khan MP who gave a funny and moving speech and then picked the happy winner of our Heyland & Whittle gift hamper worth almost £150.
Before the quiz started we held a Heads & Tails game to win a Martini Cocktail evening at The Little Bar in Tooting, which proved very popular and raised well over £200.
There were teams from MNDA, St George’s Hospital, Graveney and lots of friends and neighbours of all ages and even a dog made a guest appearance. Graham Loveland was our expert Quizmaster who took us through 10 fun and challenging rounds, beginning with having to identify different pastas and rice! At the end of the evening the Quiz champions were team Cherry Garcia – well done to them!
There was a delicious hearty meal half way through the quiz, with hot chilli con carne and jacket potatoes followed by choices of chocolate and cream cakes. The evening ended with the raffle draw to win lots of great prizes and everyone agreed it was a great evening and are already starting to talk about next year!
The FACE Team presented a whopping £4,200 cheque to help young people with cancer in St George’s Hospital on Wednesday 18 September. Sadiq Khan was also there and has been very supportive of our efforts!
We have some fantastic prizes this year including an exclusive meal in the Gherkin – something money can’t buy as it is a members only club! Also a trip to the Houses of Parliment with our MP Sadiq Khan to have tea on the terrace with him.
There will also be a chance to win a Fossil watch worth £100, (winner can choose the male or female version) donated by Schroder of Wallingdon. And a two course meal with wine and live entertainment at the wonderful Hideaway Jazz Club – voted the nation’s premier Jazz Club.
Local businesses have also been very generous with Wink offering a hair cut and head massage, Nikki’s ironing services has donated £50 worth of ironing. And her son who runs a plumbing company called MEAN maintenance has offered a free gutter inspection and gutter clean worth £100.
A local family has donated two tickets for the London Duck tours which will be great fun for the lucky winner! and there are many more great prizes to be won…
Tickets are £1 and will be for sale soon – if anyone could offer to sell any to friends or workmates please get in touch today! email firstname.lastname@example.org
it was amazing that so many people braved the weather to support our community festival, with locally produced beer and bread; crafts and therapies; as well as cake making competitions, sporting activities and charity stalls like ours and a great line up of local bands, music and dancing.
The Furzedown Festival survived incredible downpours and carried on regardless.
Despite the rain and cold we were kept really busy on our stalls selling Heyland & Whittle handmade soaps, bric-a-brac and books as well as a huge selection of plants grown by our green fingered experts Stuart and John.
Our gazebo coped very well at keeping the rain off!
But still the customers came….
When the sun did appear the atmosphere was great and people were very supportive, we sold most of the bric-a-brac and books and a lot of plants – although there are still some available for sale at 6 Chillerton Road if you missed out.