Charities benefit from record fun run
Cheques were presented at a presentation and winners award evening at the Memorial Centre, Gerrards Cross on July 12.
Therese Cooklin said: “The combined total of £41,000 raised for the 2018 GX Fun Run was an incredible sum of money and has been the largest amount raised since the event began.
“This event has now been running for eighteen years, and since its inauguration in 2001 has raised in the region of £326,000.
“The business sponsorships and local community have hugely contributed to this amazing total and the GXFR Team and the charities are very grateful for all your support and we hope you will again be part of this fantastic event in 2020.”
The money was divided between three charities, Medical Detection Dogs, Epilepsy Society and The Gerrards Cross Community Association.
£19,000 was donated to Medical Detection Dogs, a charity that trains dogs to detect the odour of human disease.
It is the forefront of the research into the fight against cancer and helping people with life threatening diseases.
£19,000 was also donated to Epilepsy Society, based in Chalfont St Peter, the charity sets out to make a difference to every person affected by epilepsy, however seriously it affects them, whether they have the condition themselves or are close to someone with epilepsy. They remain the only UK epilepsy charity to deliver a full programme of epilepsy medical.
The Gerrards Cross Community Association (Memorial Centre), also a registered charity, have allowed the GXFR use of their facilities, and have been incredibly supportive of the event.
A cheque of £3,000 was donated to the Memorial Centre in recognition of this support. THERE’S
It’s all part of Amersham Decides – a local ‘Have Your Say’ event where Amersham residents vote for their favourite of four shortlisted community schemes, each of whom get a chunk of £9,000. The one with the most votes gets the most money – £4,000 – and second, third and fourth place get £2,500, £1,500 and £1000 respectively. Voting closes tomorrow (Friday).
The four finalists are:
With this funding, the Amersham Museum Bus will create a mobile exhibition, showcasing mixed-media work around Amersham in the 20th Century. The bus will reach vulnerable and iso- lated people both at home and at community events, giving them a way to enjoy the exhibition too.
Your vote could help the local community, including schools, volunteers and youth groups to join forces to develop an area of the Old Amersham Memorial Gardens into a sensory garden. With this funding, the project will be able to create an attractive sensory garden where visitors will feel welcome and comforted.
This fantastic scheme has been trialled in other parts of the county and now the team wants your vote to set up these courses in Amersham. The project sees local tech-savvy young people pair up with their older peers to teach them how to stay safe online and how to avoid falling victim to online scams. This is a home-visiting service from Amersham Citizens Advice. Your vote means the advice service can reach particularly isolated and vulnerable users and give them valuable advice on anything from money matters to community activities, reducing isolation and improving well-being.
Councillor Gareth Williams chairs the Amersham Local Forum. He said: “Amersham Decides is a great project for the town – all four of our very worthy finalists will each get some valuable funding and its local people themselves who get to choose how much.
You can find out more about Amersham Decides and vote online at www. amershamdecides.co.uk
The Amersham Decides team has visited Amersham School, Chesham Bois School, St Mary’s School, Elangeni School and Amersham and Wycombe College to talk to students about the importance of letting young people also have their say as part of Amersham Decides.