Annual Charity Appeal

Our Annual Charity Appeal focuses the fundraising efforts of our members throughout the UK to one chosen charity each year as part of our commitment to social responsibility.

Supporting charitable causes and getting involved in community activities is an essential part of the Society's work. Our values as a mutual organisation provide us with a platform upon which we can give something back to the wider community.

Each year the Society’s President nominates a charity of their choice for the Annual Charity Appeal, and this provides a national focus for the fundraising efforts of our members and complements the many local charities that our branches and Areas support. Our 2019/2020 charity, chosen by our President Michael Charlton-Hubble, is Rays of Sunshine.

Rays of Sunshine

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Rays of Sunshine Children's Charity was formed in 2003 to brighten the lives of children across the UK aged 3 – 18 who are living with serious or life-limiting illnesses.  Their vision is to make children’s wishes come true and turn them in to happy memories by:

  1. Granting children’s individual wishes, however impossible the wish may seem
  2. Granting hospital ward wishes
  3. Organising events and outings for large groups of seriously ill children, such as a trip to Legoland and the Rays of Sunshine Concert

Wishes are as unique as children themselves. They give a child the chance to forget their illness and do something they could only dream of. Wishes make a child feel extra-special and bring them hope and happiness. They also provide families with treasured memories of happy times to look back on. 

Whether a child wants to be a princess or a fireman for a day, go to Disneyland, visit Santa in Lapland, own an iPad or meet their favourite pop star, Rays of Sunshine works hard to make that wish come true.

To find out more about Rays of Sunshine, you can visit their website www.raysofsunshine.org.uk.

Rays of Sunshine Children's Charity 4th Floor, Berkeley House, 304 Regents Park Road, London, N3 2JX Registered Charity No. 1102529.

What we're doing to support Rays of Sunshine

Our members will be taking part in lots of fundraising activities throughout the year, including:

  • A “Big Picnic in the Park” event on Saturday 28 September 2019
  • “Let’s do 10” month in March 2020 - more details to follow!
  • Numerous raffles and individual donations
  • Dress down Fridays for staff at our Head Office in Southampton
  • The sale of items such as Christmas cards and notelets, children’s toys and a calendar featuring photos taken by Foresters members to support Rays of Sunshine

Find out more and get involved

For more information about the above events please contact the Foresters branch helpdesk on 0800 101 8310.

Click here to donate online

Please ensure that you select 'I am a part of Foresters Friendly Society' when it asks what motivated you to donate.

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Previously supported charities

 Year

Charity

Amount raised

2018/2019

Action on Hearing Loss

Over £60,000

2017/2018

Association of Air Ambulances Charity

Over £70,000

2016/2017

Canine Partners

£70,000

 2015/2016 

Alzheimer’s Research UK

Over £85,000

 2014/2015

Sense UK

Over £55,000

 2013/2014

Barnardo's Children's Charity

Over £88,000

 2012/2013

Macmillan Cancer Support

Nearly £60,000

 2011/2012

 Guide Dogs for the Blind Association as part of the appeal for Guide Dogs ‎

£100,000

 2010/2011

Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI)

Nearly £70,000

 2009/2010

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society

£65,000

 2008/2009

Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association

Nearly £60,000

 2007/2008

CLIC Sargent

£47,000