Not only is the Fair about putting on a great event for the local community, but we also donate the profits from the event to local worthwhile causes - with 60% going to our local schools and 40% going to local charities.
Supporting Our Schools:
Our 5 local schools (Orleans Primary, St Mary's Primary, St Stephen's Primary, Orleans Park & Deer Park School) provide huge support to the Fair for which we are very grateful:
Supporting Our Charities:
Every year we receive fantastic applications from lots of very worthy causes and the Committee members have the difficult job of choosing which charities to help. In 2017, after a thorough review of all the applications and a vote, the committee decided to support Marble Hill Playcentres, RUILS and PowerJam. To learn more about the charities, see below:
We are delighted to have been awarded funding from the St Margaret’s Fair this year.
Marble Hill Playcentres is small, local charity offering play activities for children and families in Twickenham and the surrounding areas. We offer a family drop in club known locally as the One O’Clock Club, an adventure playground, an inclusive play project for children with additional needs and their families, and many other community events. Every year nearly 10,000 energetic, screaming, great kids of all shapes, sizes, backgrounds and abilities come through our doors to make use of facilities that have stood in this fantastic setting for over 40 years. Although many of our visitors are local, in 2017 we welcomed children and young people from 158 post code areas!
Through our work we aim to:
- Create an exciting and safe environment for children and young people to develop through play, encourage them to explore, be active and get messy.
- Empower local families, children and young people to shake off the ‘cotton wool’ state of mind by encouraging exercise and increased access to outdoor play spaces.
- Be inclusive for all children and young people regardless of their ability, culture and ethnicity.
- Be respectful to outdoor environments and natural spaces, by encouraging the use of recyclable materials and keeping our emissions to a minimum.
We believe that play is central to every child's holistic development and we are committed to helping families achieve a greater level of play in their lives. Our varied program provides children a safe, stimulating place to make friends, build their confidence and be physically active. Through play children and young people learn to negotiate, how to take turns, communicate and deal with conflict. They test their limits, experience fear and joy, learn what it is like to win and to lose. Play sets us up in all ways for the future, and it is vital that we provide the best we can for our young people. This is why spaces for children to play are so important. The Playcentres also provide respite and friendship to parents and carers who make new connections which we know helps to reduce those feelings of isolation and can help to improve self esteem. Being a parent is very rewarding, but it can also difficult and we hope we provide the kind of support that makes the journey a little easier.
Ruils is a local charity based in Teddington that supports children and adults with disabilities and the elderly to live independently, be part of their community and to live life to the full. We provide information, advice, befriending and activities to our clients and their families.
We act as the champion, representative and peer supporter for anyone who requires our services. Our aim is to ensure that people get the best possible outcomes from the choices they make by helping them to have a voice, feel more empowered, in control and independent.
Our services have been developed in response to need and we utilise our community involvement group and feedback from service users to achieve this.
POWERJAM is a charity and not-for-profit project that gives musical youths ages 10-16 the opportunity to become regulars members of a rock or pop band and to play and create music that excites them (and keeps them playing!). Led by DBS checked music industry professionals and tutors, the bands learn to play songs to performance level and finish with a gig each term at community events like St. Margaret's Summer Fair and the Richmond Music and Drama Festival—so they also learn the value of becoming reliable team players. With low student/member to tutor ratios, Powerjam aims to place each member in an appropriate band in terms of level, age, style, and taste in music, and to give each individual ample attention and instruction.
The project, created and run by local volunteer and music industry professional, Anna Texier, is held at Heatham House in Twickenham in partnership with Achieving For Children(AFC). It has given young people in the borough the opportunity to develop their musical skills together and learn from qualified tutors and professionals - which on a tighter budget would be inaccessible. The project is able to deliver a quality service through a combination of volunteer work, donations from local charities, parental contributions, and in-kind support from AFC.
Please see our YouTube video of Powerjam “At A Glance" @ St. Margaret’s Fair 2017
The Powerjam bands will be perform again for the community on Dec. 8th Friday at 7pm at The Basement Door in Richmond. For further information about Powerjam gigs, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or see our Facebook page or our Instagram feed
Annual Charity Dinner:
The Fair funds an Annual Christmas Dinner for around 70 local senior citizens at the Turks Head. Not only is this a Turkey dinner with all the trimmings, but local choirs sing carols and gifts are shared. It is a great event that is loved by all our local senior citizens. Please do spread the word about it to anyone you know who you think might like to attend this year's event as the more the merrier!
Other Community Projects
The Fair also gives an annual donation to Radio West Middllesex - the hospital radio station at West Middlesex and has a small discretionary fund to support one off local requests for help - in 2015 choosing to also make a small donation to the Richmond Environmental Trust to help in the provision of a standpipe at the Kilmorey Mauseoleum.
This year, we also donated to Oxford Gardens Primary School near Grenfell Tower, who tragically sadly, have had to deal with the consequences of the fire affecting their school community. We agreed to fund a trip to Kew Gardens for the school - and they've sent the below details to us:
On Wednesday 7th March 2018, our whole school (over 400 children!) will embark on a journey away from the shadows of Grenfell Tower to the greenery of Kew Gardens. We love the community our school is nested in but, unfortunately, the children are living with the sight of the burnt out tower daily. Alongside this messages, pictures and flowers are left on every corner to remember the lives lost, which for all us at Oxford Gardens Primary School included a class mate and for some it also included neighbours, family and friends. Visiting Kew Gardens together, is a wonderful opportunity for us all to spend time together away from the reminders and create some new experiences. The beautiful greenery and landscapes in Kew are stunning and exploring the vast space there will be a wonderful memory for all the children. We are extremely grateful for the day of togetherness to appreciate the city we live in and roam free away from of the daily sights around school. The exploration of all the plants and habitats will also add to our learning! We are very much looking forward to our ‘Kew day break’ and it would not have been possible without your generosity. Thank you so much, from all at Oxford Gardens Primary School.
We've supported a vast number of local charities since the first Fair, including amongst others:
- Richmond Homes and Lifestyle Trust, Off The Record, HANDS, Me Too and Co, Together as One, The Portcullis Trust, Home-Start Richmond, Cochlear Implanted Children’s Support Group, The Mulberry Centre, Homelink Day Respite Care, Crossway Pregnancy Crisis Centre, Richmond AID, SPEAR, Friends of Crofters, Whitton Social Centre, Richmond Welcare, Marble Hill Playcentres, River Thames Boat Project, Environment Trust for Richmond upon Thames, Heatham House, South West London Alzheimer's Society, Richmond Carers Centre, Richmond-upon-Thames Talking Newspaper for the Blind, Richmond Crossroads Care, Richmond Advocacy, Homes for Life, Princess Alice Hospice, Roy Kinnear Trust & Shooting Star Trust
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