04:00PM, Friday 29 November 2019
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BERKSHIRE: A charity preventing child cruelty is launching its Get Your Sparkle On campaign.
The NSPCC is encouraging workplaces and families to bake cakes, dress up and fundraise on, before or after December 11.
Last year, 19,897 children in Berkshire received the charity’s Speak Out Stay Safe assemblies, which teach them how to recognise the signs of abuse and speak out to a trusted adult.
Visit www.nspcc.org.uk/ christmas/get-your-sparkle-on
BERKSHIRE: Thames Valley Air Ambulance (TVAA) has received a £4,000 grant from Berkshire freemasons.
The money has brought the total Masonic support given to air ambulances across the country to £2.4million since 2007.
TVAA operates across Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire bringing advanced medical care to critically ill and injured patients. Visit www.tvairambulance.org.uk
TAPLOW & MAIDENHEAD: The Lions Club will be making a collection of food at Sainsbury’s and Waitrose, which will make up parcels for about 400 of the less fortunate in the area.
Recipients may be elderly and lonely or a young family with special needs. Collections will be made at Sainsbury’s in Taplow today (Friday) and Saturday, 10am to 5pm, and on Sunday, December 1 from 10am to 4pm.
Collections will also be made in Maidenhead at Sainsbury’s in Providence Place and Waitrose in Moorbridge Road on Friday and Saturday, December 6 and 7, from 10am to 5pm.
Shoppers have been making donations to the Lions’ Christmas Appeal for more than 30 years.
MARLOW: The Rotary clubs of Marlow have provided details of road closures affecting the Marlow Santa fun run on Sunday.
Thousands of participants are expected to run through the town centre.
The 2018 event raised a record £45,000 for charity, and organisers are confident of breaking that in 2019.
The fun kicks off at 9.30am, starting and finishing in Higginson Park.
W Marlow Bridge and High Street: closed 9.20am-11.30am (approx).
W Spittal Street: closed 9.20am-10am
W Glade Road: closed 9.20am-10.30am
W Station Road, Dedmere Road, Fieldhouse Lane, Westhorpe Road and Wiltshire Road: closed 9.20am-10.30am approx
W Fieldhouse Lane, Lock Road, Mill Road, Station Road, and back across the High Street: closed 9.30am-11.30am approx.
Visit www.santasfunrun.org for more details.
MAIDENHEAD: Good causes across the town received an early Christmas present of £147,000 through The Big Co-op Payout this week.
When members shop with the Co-op, one per cent of what they spend on selected Co-op branded products and services goes to support local causes through the Local Community Fund.
The latest donation will be shared by 32 organisations which are making a difference to communities throughout the region.
They include Sadaka, South Central Ambulance Charitable Trust and Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service
From when the scheme was launched in September 2016 Co-op members have invested £489,000 for causes in Maidenhead.
To find out more about The Big Co-op Payout and becoming a Co-op member go to www.coop.co.uk/membership
TAPLOW: A London florist is scrapping Christmas gifts to its corporate clients in favour of creating a garden for a child and adolescent mental health hospital.
Lavender Green Flowers, in South Kensington, will be working on a therapeutic garden at Huntercombe Hospital Maidenhead in Huntercombe Lane South.
MAIDENHEAD: The Maidenhead Community Choir performed a song with musical legend Laurie Holloway at a concert in Langley to celebrate the Samaritan’s 50th anniversary.
The Evening of Popular Music show at St Bernard’s School on Saturday also featured jazz star Tina May and BBC presenter Bill Buckley to raise funds for the charity, which works to prevent suicide and provide support to those in distress.
The choir now looks forward to its Christmas performances on December 7 at Dorney Court and All Saint’s Church, Ascot.
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