Char­i­ties ben­e­fit from record fun run

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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.

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