I stopped by at the ‘Bake-A-Wish stand in the Mall today. This was a nice little bit of publicity by the fantastic staff at the Make-A-Wish Head Office in Camberley. How many residents know that Camberley has been the home of this national -indeed international -charity since it was launched here in 1986? I was priveledged to have been a trustee in the very early days, and have tried to stay involved ever since. There are tens of thousands of children in UK with life-threatening illnesses; Make-A-Wish endeavors to grant wishes to as many of them as possible – but this requires money, volunteers, and very efficient and determined management and support staff. If you want to know more please visit the website -www.make-a-wish.org.uk. Or why not call them and ask to be shown around?
For some years my wife Carol, and her colleague Liz, have been running a science tutoring business. They’ve achieved some excellent results. Their website is http://www.tutors4science.co.uk. They are now planning to to go onto Facebook and Twitter, having seen how vital is Social Media to my role as a Surrey County Councillor. So watch this space -especially if you know anyone who wants tutoring in Physics, Maths, Chemistry or Biology, or if you know any potential Tutors.
Since 2009 I’ve had the pleasure of representing Surrey County Council on the Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership, which coordinates work in the Valley on behalf of the Local Authorities that border, and (in most instances) fund that Work. At the AGM held on November 8th I was elected as Vice-Chairman of the BVCP. The BVC Trust, a separate charitable organisation, was born out of the Partnership. I have resolved to do my best to spread the word about the amazing work carried out by the Partnership and the Trust on behalf of all of us who use the facilities and perhaps do not know much about what goes on. The Trust are seeking new members and more volunteers to enable them to carry out their valuable work. Both organisations are willing to send speakers to clubs etc – both have a story to tell. They want to be invited to attend events such as Summer Fairs.
Everything you need to know is on their websites of BVCP and BVCT. You can follow them on Twitter and Facebook. Please do take a few minutes to have a look at what these Organisations do on behalf of us all and then think about how you may be able to help and support their work