Christmas Relief Project 2017- Update

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Teachers Max Richmond and Trisha Halstead wanted to put their time off over Christmas to good use, helping others. They planned to fly out to India and lend a helping hand in an orphanage and associated school called Future Hope. This non-governmental organisation (NGO), set up thirty years ago, aims to provide shelter, education and support to some of the worst affected street children of Kolkata.

Max knew the school well as he had worked there between 2013 and 2015, and felt compelled to do more whenever he could. Despite fundraising at school, they needed just a final injection of cash to get them on their way. The family connection and goal of helping young disadvantaged children made this an easy decision to support. We then teamed up with loyal supporter Mahesh Singadia, who has a keen interest in supporting projects in India, due to his involvement with the UK India Charitable Trust Fund. Together we boosted the Future Hope Fund.

Max and Trish flew off days after their school in the UK broke up and vowed to keep the orphaned children engaged, happy and entertained over the Christmas break.  They maximised their time with varied and fun activities which the children may not normally have the opportunity to do such as:

  • A fun and interactive paper aeroplane design workshop which was followed by a flying competition!
  • A painting workshop taught them how to make and paint paper butterflies
  • A dance class enabled them to learn some French dances
  • A trip to town on Christmas day for a look around
  • A Magic Show held in a local bookshop
  • A bike ride for two of the girls

Both teachers ate lunch and dinners with the children, helped them with homework and kept them company throughout the time of their stay. Not too many pictures were taken as the teachers felt it was a bit of an intrusion on the privacy of the children, who were after all simply having fun on their Christmas holidays.

Trisha said “It was obvious our fundraising would be put to good use. The NGO is at any given time barely six months from bankruptcy, after it has provided three meals a day, a roof over their heads and salaries for the fleet of very dedicated, under-paid but incredibly valued staff.”

Max said “What struck me most when first meeting these children is how much they fully appreciated any effort to amuse, educate or entertain them. They were delighted to make paper planes and then compete like Formula One racing drivers; to learn a French dance and then perform it like Strictly; to make symmetrical pictures and see them as the butterflies in the field of ochre flowers where we picnicked on the last day. It was a pleasure to give hope to these delightful and creative children.”

It is so nice to be able to be part of a project focused simply on giving these children a better chance at a life we all feel should be available to every child no matter where they live or their personal circumstances. It is also beautiful to see how children of the same age in the UK were keen to help their friends across the globe to make some happy memories this Christmas.

Thanks must go to Max and Trisha for giving their time and skills for free and to Ethan and his school friends for the time they spent helping make this happen. We can only do more projects like this with your continued support, so please share our work and introduce us to new contacts who might want to help us make lives better.

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Students from Shiplake C of E Primary School, raising funds is that  their friends in Kolkata could have a special Christmas to remember.

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Students in Kolkata enjoying making happy memories thanks to their friends from Shilplake, UK India Charitable Trust and LMF.

Happy New Year !

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New Year , New Opportunities.

A new year brings new opportunities and challenges to us all. LMF are keen to keep the memory of Lisa alive by helping children and those less fortunate who need a helping hand from to time.

We will be busy looking at new charities and projects to help. Of course as always we need and value new volunteers and supporters to help us spread the word and raise funds. Thinking caps are on at the office and we are keen to carry on the legacy that Lisa would be proud of.

Watch this space we are going to be busy bees this year!

 

Busy Bees 

 

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Boxing Day Tsunami – We Remember

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We Remember.

Today we remember Lisa and all those we lost in the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami. Our thoughts are with the families affected by this horrible tragedy.

We will continue to work hard to help those overcoming their own personal waves of disaster.

 We would appreciate even the smallest of donations!

Thank you for your continued support.

Text TLMF27 followed by the £(1, 5 or 10) you would like to donate to 70070

 

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Festive Teamwork!

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Queen or Carol ?

It is one of our favourite things to do this festive season carol singing! This year there was a  quirky twist as we joined forces with the  Harper Asprey team and ran a Queen songs vs traditional Christmas carols session.  Waitrose Bagshot were keen to have us outside encouraging hotels customers to go inside and shop! 

Our joint efforts were to raising money for the Mayor’s charities, Harper Asprey and LMF.
The Mayor of Surrey Heath Valerie White danced the night away with Father Christmas too!

Thanks to all those who came to sing and donate.

Special thanks to Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue for providing the playlist and PA system.

Merry Christmas everyone. 🎄🎤🎅🏻

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Our Christmas Project 2017 – Across the globe

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Giving ‘Future Hope” to the children of Calcutta.

This year our Christmas project takes us back to our roots in supporting aid across the globe, in memory of Lisa May who lost her life in the Boxing Day Tsunami of 2004. We knew that making a donation to two teachers from the school of young Ethan Massey, Lisa May’s gorgeous nephew would be an absolute must.

Ethan’s teachers Max & Trisha have flown out to Calcutta this week to visit and teach children who have no family to support them. The children live in a home which now takes care of them and their education. Max and Trisha will teach, and do some fun festive activities with the children right through the Christmas period before returning home at the end of the year with pictures and stories to tell.Good luck Trisha and Max, what great teachers Ethan has to inspire him as he grows up.

This project was funded by a generous donation from a loyal supporter Mr Mahesh Singadia and his UK India Charitable Trust. These deprived children will benefit this Christmas time because of their generosity.

We are always looking for new supporters who want to help us with our work abroad and at home. If you or your place of work could help please do get in touch with us. We can do more together and share the joy of giving something back.

Merry Christmas and thank you for your valuable support xx

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Arena Farnborough Fundraiser

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A Fun and Fabulous Time – Smiling for Charity –Thank You Arena and Abbey House neighbours!

On behalf of the Lisa May Foundation, I would like to thank everyone who supported our festive fundraiser in our new offices over the last day or two. The book sale and the raffle would not have been possible without the fab support from the super Wordery team.

The photo booth was kindly donated by a loyal and valuable supporter, Mr Dave Ricards aka TONIC Parties, the massage voucher was donated thanks to The Massage Company

The total raised so far is a fabulous £184.44. The lucky winners of both the raffle and massage have been contacted. There are still a few books and gifts left to garb that last minute bargain. 🎄

Thank you all for being such a welcoming and fun group of new friends.

Many thanks to Arena Business Centres for allowing me to use the space to raise awareness and for adding the lovely festive snacks to entice people in!

More photos can be found on our Instagram and our Twitter feed.

Merry Christmas everyone.

Chobham Business Club Christmas Lunch.

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Christmas Lunch with friends and funds!

Sunday afternoon really was beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Windlesham Golf Club as light snow settled on the course. LMF were lucky enough to be the chosen charity for the annual Chobham Business Club Christmas lunch.

After a fabulous festive lunch guests took part in a round of Head and Tails before a raffle and auction. Festive tunes rung out and over £2,700 was raised as a result.   Checkout the may pictures we took on our Facebook page.

LMF wish to thank all those who attended and donated so generously. We can only do more to help others with your continued generosity                                              Thank You 🙏👏🏻🎄🌟

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Our Strike A Pose Winners!

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A Trio of Fun and Smiles!

The final count has been verified and the winner of our #strikeaposecompetition is the three lovely students in the below photo. From Instagram and Facebook they achieved an impressive 33 Likes! A small prize will be winging its way to the young ladies who won. Thanks to everyone who took part and smiled for charity. Awareness is key to our small charity so please do share our page and the work we do for others. #volunteersrock

Thank You x

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Smiling for Charity.

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Thank You 6th Form College Farnborough.

Today we met an amazing array of happy and enthusiastic people at the annual Sixth Form College Farnborough Volunteer Fair. We ran a competition to get students and staff smiling for charity.

 The picture with the most likes on our Facebook and Instagram feeds will win a small prize.

Voting is open right now and closes on Monday at 1pm.

Here are just a few of the amazing smiles we captured as people took our frame and posed while showing an interest in volunteering for us.

Check out Facebook page for more and our Instagram feed too. 

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Breaking News from Parity for Disability

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Breaking News!

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The Parity for Disability care staff are regional finalists in the Great British Care Awards!

Parity’s day service staff are specialists in the care and support of people with multiple disabilities and currently work with 50 students at the charity’s three day services. The Great British Care Awards are given to individuals and teams from a range of care settings. The finals for the South-East region will be held this Saturday 11 November at the Hilton Metropole Hotel in Brighton. The Lisa May Foundation are so proud of their achievement,we wanted to ensure the Parity care staff attended the event to gain the recognition they so deserve. We are sponsoring a table of eight that the care workers from Parity can enjoy the gold dinner and hopefully bring home the title of Care Team of the Year for the region.

                                               Best of luck to Parity in our eyes you are already winners.

The words from their nomination speaks volumes….

The team at Parity’s day services are dedicated to making sure that people with multiple disabilities in Surrey, Hampshire and Berkshire access all kinds of academic, social, living and recreational activities, truly pushing the boundaries. Parity exists because when people with multiple disabilities leave full-time education, it’s like falling off a cliff. Support and opportunities dramatically decline. Our students don’t fit into a neat category of disability and few services have evolved to meet their needs. They require specialised support for most aspects of daily life, but with the right support achieve amazing things, thanks to Parity’s committed team. All staff use their initiative, creativity and teamwork to develop tailored activities for each student. They’re always looking out for new ideas and embracing new approaches including eye-controlled technology, bringing their own skills, strengths and experiences into play. They understand each person’s individual needs, how they communicate, and specific support requirements. They encourage the students to choose and plan. Rather than waiting until crisis occurs, the team provides each student with tools to help maintain mental, physical and emotional wellbeing. They support each other on a daily basis, working creatively to overcome challenges. The team embodies our philosophy of equality, dignity, rights and quality of life for people with multiple disabilities.

In the words of one parent: “My son has gained many new skills that I thought would be impossible. Making choices and communicating on a level that can be understood by all at Parity. I never cease to be amazed at the new ideas that are offered.”