Foresters in action 2013

Monday, January 6, 2014

We'd like to say a big thank you to our staff and members for all the charity work they've been involved in this year and we're delighted we've been able to get involved with some of it. We thought we should celebrate what's been going on up and down the country, so here are some of the highlights of what we got up to in 2013.

London Marathon 2013

Marathon achievement!

Daniel Savory, a member of the Watford branch, completed the London Marathon in April.

Daniel, aged 34, only took up running two years ago and this is the first full marathon he has taken part in. Thanks to generous donations from his Foresters branch, Foresters members and others, Daniel managed to double his fundraising goal and raise just over £1,000 for Dyslexia Research Trust and Mind. Many congratulations to Daniel on this fantastic achievement.

Macmillan cheque 2013/14

Big cheque for Macmillan Cancer Support

Many thanks and congratulations to all of you who helped Past High Chief Ranger Liz Abbott raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support during her year as President of the Society.

A fantastic amount was raised and Liz was delighted to present a cheque for £59,139.46 to the charity at the Society AGM (High Court) in Birmingham in June 2013.

Theatr Colwyn

Colwyn Bay, Theatr Colwyn

Foresters members based in Colwyn Bay raised £750 for their local theatre. The Theatr Colwyn is the oldest working cinema in Wales and is in the process of being refurbished.

South Down's Way Walk

South Down's Way Walk

Foresters members Lucy Clements and Trish Slade with Foresters Head of Membership, Philip Howcroft, completed the South Downs walk to raise money for Barnardo's. They raised £1,400 for Barnardo's by walking all 150km of the South Down's Way during six of the hottest days of July.

Mary's Malawi Adventure

Mary's Malawi adventure

During summer 2013, Foresters member and university student, Mary Melrose, made the trip of a lifetime to Malawi, volunteering for the charity Tearfund. Alongside a team of 14, Mary worked with partner charity Scripture Union, helping in primary schools and at children's summer camps.

Lands End to John O'Groats

1,000 miles in 14 days on two wheels!

In August 2013, Adam Kirk and four friends undertook a gruelling cycle ride from John O'Groats to Land's End to raise funds for a rare form of muscular dystrophy.

The 1,000-mile journey took 14 days to complete, and along the way the friends visited families affected by muscular dystrophy.

Foresters Bake off

Foresters Bake Off

In August 2013, staff from the Southampton office held a bake-off, raising £108 for Barnardo's.

This event was so successful that another, Christmas-themed, bake off was held in December, which raised £76 more for Barnardo's.

Meet Penny - Guide Dogs

Meet Penny - Guide Dogs 1,000th puppy!

Penny was named by Foresters after the 1p which sneaked onto the end of the incredible £100,000.01 total we raised for Guide Dogs, our annual charity appeal for 2011/2012. Penny is the twenty-third puppy to be named by Foresters, joining Toby, Roxy, Patch, Rony, Rosie, Courtney, Jandy, Magic, Arthur and Richie, to name but a few.

Great North Run 2013

Great sum for the Great North Run!

Christopher Scott, a member in Yorkshire, ran the Great North Run in September and raised an amazing sum of £1,000. Christopher was raising the money for Macmillan Cancer Support, and members of his branch were delighted to present the cheque to the charity.

It's a dogs' dinner

It's a dogs' dinner

On 12th October, Foresters members raised £600 for Barnardo's at a dinner and dance held at the Ashford International Hotel in Kent. Over 150 members and friends attended, as well as three special guests - guide dogs Forester, Jack and Ranger!

Forth Bridge Abseil

Taking the long way down

On 27th October, Foresters member Karen Duncan and her mother Kathleen abseiled 165ft down the Forth Bridge in Scotland, raising over £1,000 for Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland, and the Bus Drivers' Welfare Fund.

Fishing for charity

Fishing for charity

Forester member Ray West raised £1,000 for the Great North Air Ambulance by organising fishing competitions. Here he is presenting the cheque.

Foresters 2014 calendar

Foresters 2014 Calendars

We raised over £4,000 to donate to this year's charity, Barnardo's, from sales of our 2014 calendar. Thank you to everyone who has been involved and those who have bought the calendar to help raise money for a worthy cause.

Christmas Carol Service 2013

Christmas Carol Service

Foresters members held a Christmas Carol Service on Saturday 7th December at Barnardo's Children's Church in Barkingside to raise money for the charity appeal.

Members can contact their local branch to find out more about the fundraising and events taking place. Alternatively follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates.

Let us know if you are taking part in any events or organising anything to support our annual charity, or a local charity in your area, by contacting us at