Category: Charities

Local Dr brings life-changing eye surgery to Africa

Mercy Ships from Eastleigh News on Vimeo. A Southampton eye specialist has told Eastleigh News about his work on board a charity funded hospital ship as part of World Sight day. Every year Richard Newsom – a consultant ophthalmologist at Southampton General hospital – gives up two weeks of his leave to sail to the…

Local charity delivering aid in Ebola hit Sierra Leone

As life in Sierra Leone grinds to a halt as a result of a government lock down, the co-founder of a Hampshire based charity which is delivering aid to the Ebola ravaged country has criticised western governments for failing to do enough to combat the spread of the disease. Philip Dean from Swanmore has told…

Fryern charity event seeks local sponsors

Local fund raiser Nicky Head is looking for local businesses who can help sponsor a family fun day at Fryern Rec on August 10 in aid of charity relief work in Syria. Similar community events at the Rec – like the Fryern Funtasia – have drawn in large crowds and would provide a great advertising…

Yacht to race in memory of Claire

Yacht races in memory of Claire Reed A yacht is racing round the Isle of Wight this weekend in memory of local woman Claire Reed. Newly wed Claire, who lived at Sand Martin Close in Eastleigh was only 22 when she died unexpectedly of Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome in March last year. Since then her…

MP Mike joins diabetes fund raisers

  Eastleigh’s MP Mike Thornton, was among volunteers collecting on behalf of Diabetes UK at Tesco Bursledon on Saturday. This was part of a ‘Big Collection’ weekend event at 300 Tesco stores nationwide designed to raise £300,000 to support the 3.2 million people living with diabetes in the UK and help find the further 630,000…

Naomi House shop in DIY make-over

  The Naomi House charity shop in Eastleigh had a SOS DIY style makeover over the weekend thanks to the generosity of builders Redrow. Staff from Redrow Homes in Camberley took over the premises on Friday night and worked round the clock to refit the hospice shop in time for start of business Monday morning.…

Community funding deadline looms

Local organisations have just two weeks to submit their bids for a grant from the Southampton Airport Community Fund.  The fund invests in worthwhile community and charity projects in the local area, particularly linked to the themes of environment, education and training opportunities for skills development. Applications are assessed once a year in June; therefore…

Update: Marathon man Frank is raising funds for Myositis

A Chandler’s Ford pensioner will be running for charity in Sunday’s London Marathon. Frank Littler, 67 will be one of eight runners who will be raising money for Myositis UK by pounding the streets of the nation’s capital along with thousands of other athletes from all over the country This will be the veteran runner’s…

Free Holiday for Eastleigh’s Elderly

A national charity NBFA – Assisting the Elderly is offering free 5 day breaks to Eastleigh’s elderly. Places are still available on a trip to Bracklesham Bay in the Sussex Downs, from 24th – 28th March and the charity is encouraging readers of Eastleigh News to apply. To qualify, you need to be over 65, on…

New stroke support group in Chandlers Ford

Stroke Association Logo

The Stroke Association and the Rotary Club of Chandlers Ford and Itchen Valley are launching a new stroke support group for stroke survivors, their families and their carers. The new Chandlers Ford Stroke Support Group offers information about stroke, support and the opportunity to meet others who have been through similar experiences. This group starts…

Fryern mums fund Haiyan shelters

  A group of Chandler’s Ford mums have raised over six hundred pounds to help out victims of Typhoon Haiyan. The mums, who  have children at local schools, held a cake and toy sale with proceeds going to Shelter Box, a disaster relief charity which provides victims with a boxed survival kit. Parents and children…

Eastleigh College and B&Q raise money for Children in Need

  Eastleigh students have been pampering staff at the B&Q offices today in aid of Children in Need. The Eastleigh College students who are studying for a BTEC Diploma in Beauty Therapy set up ‘Pudsey’s Pamper Parlour’ providing manicures and over-clothes massages for B&Q staff, in return for staff donations. Commenting on the fundraising, Islay…

Ben beats MP in charity squash match

  Eastleigh’s MP Mike Thornton took a beating yesterday – all in the name of charity. The MP was at the Fair Oak Squash and Racketball centre on Campbell Way to support a junior charity squash tournament being held this weekend in aid of the Children in Need appeal . The tournament has been organised…

Mike Thornton supports Diabetes UK campaign‏

The regional manager for Diabetes UK has thanked Eastleigh MP Mike Thornton for his support. Diabetes UK is campaigning to reach the 7 million people in the UK who are at high risk of Type 2 diabetes and is urging people in Eastleigh to have their risk of the condition checked. The campaign, funded by…

Free theatre tickets for elderly ‘Ford folk’

  Elderly and disabled folk in Chandler’s Ford are being treated to free seats at a local theatre companies productions. The Chameleon Theatre Company at Chandler’s Ford are now offering free transport to their shows at the Ritchie Hall after Hampshire County Councillor Chris Greenwood agreed to pay for the transport costs out of his Local…