Chairman's Charity Fundraising Handover

Mole Valley District Council's Outgoing Chairman for 2017/18, Simon Ling, has been delighted to raise awareness and funding for The Conservatory Club and The Meeting Room*, raising donations in excess of £13,800, to be split between the two charities.

Jo Sherring, of The Meeting Room, said: "We have really enjoyed working alongside The Conservatory and being the Chairman's nominated charity has really helped raise our profile as a relatively new charity. The money raised will go a long way towards supporting our work with homeless, vulnerable and isolated people in our community.  In his very busy year as Chairman, Simon has managed to make time to support the work we are doing and we really want to thank him and his team at Mole Valley District Council. We want to say an extra special thank you to Abee Hamead of the Co-Op Stores in Ashtead for supporting both local charities and raising over £1,500 by taking part in the sponsored walk."

Carole Woodhead, trustee and volunteer of Mid-Surrey Dementia Care Trust, said: "Our club, which provides a welcoming environment for those with memory loss and equally important respite for their carers, depends entirely on donations and our fundraising efforts. As a small charity it was a great privilege for us to have been nominated by the Chairman. The money raised will help with improvements to the facilities we offer our members. We are very grateful to him and his team at Mole Valley District Council. It has also been a pleasure to work with such a valuable charity as The Meeting Room."

Simon Ling, past Chairman of Mole Valley District Council, said: "This has been a very enjoyable and rewarding year for me. The invitations I received as Chairman gave me a great opportunity to promote Mole Valley and meet the people who make this district such a wonderful place to live, work and visit. Additionally, working with the two fantastic charities has been incredibly rewarding, learning more about the work they do and helping to raise awareness of this to a wider audience.  I have been humbled by the generosity of everyone who made donations or supported the charities in other ways throughout my Chairmanship. I am truly thankful to them all. Of course none of this would have been possible without the continued dedication of the two charities and the support they provided throughout the year. I hope that the communities of Mole Valley will continue to support these charities for many years to come."

Notes to editor
* The Meeting Room runs daytime drop in centres to support vulnerable people living in our community and operates five days a week and serve a hot nutritious meal each day at no charge. We provide emergency food, sleeping bags and clothing for those who need it. Practical support is given by our support worker who assists with housing, benefits, debt and other issues and is offered outside the centres by accompanying clients to appointments, helping with domestic problems and in many other ways as required by clients.

The Conservatory Club is a social club, which has two main aims: to help people with memory difficulties retain their social and communication skills and to provide carers with relief from the demanding responsibilities of caring. The Club meets in a conservatory attached to the Fairfield Centre at the Swan Centre in Leatherhead and is normally open from 10.00am to 3.00pm Monday to Friday.

Last Updated: 04/06/2018

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