2019-2021 Charity Appeal supporting

Rays of Sunshine

Our Annual Charity Appeal is a marvellous way for our members throughout the UK to focus on helping a good cause each year. We’re proud to announce that our charity for 2019-2021 is the remarkable Rays of Sunshine.

Doing our bit

to change lives

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 support. This year we have chosen to support Rays of Sunshine. To help us reach our fundraising target click the button below to make a donation online.


Let’s make some dreams come true

Rays of Sunshine Children’s Charity was formed in 2003 to brighten the lives of children across the UK 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.

A wonderful time for everyone

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.

Wishes can come true

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.

Get Involved

This is when our wonderful members spring into action. From organising coffee mornings, jumble sales or just donating a few pounds online, their generosity always humbles us. This is such a worthy cause and we hope we can raise huge amounts of money to make some wishes come true for some very special children.





Over 10 years of Foresters annual appeals

The past decade has seen us raise over £830,000 for charitable causes of all kinds. Thank you so much – and long may it continue.

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    Action on Hearing Loss is the UK’s leading charity supporting people with hearing loss, deafness and tinnitus. Not only do they provide support for those living with hearing losses, but they conduct research and sell hearing products.

    Visit the Action on Hearing Loss website



  • 2017/2018: Association of Air Ambulances Charity

    This is a wonderful UK charity dedicated to Air Ambulance Services. Its work ensures the best patient care is always upheld, and that these heroes of the sky are supported by a trade body.

    Visit Association of Air Ambulances Charity website



  • 2016/2017: Canine Partners

    This is a truly exceptional charity that transforms the lives of people living with physical disabilities by partnering them with assistance dogs. They bring independence, security, companionship, confidence and utter joy. Is there anything our four-legged friends can’t do?

    Visit the Canine Partners website


  • 2015/2016: Alzheimer’s Research UK

    The UK’s leading research charity is dedicated to causes, diagnosis, prevention, treatment and cure. They fund a wide range of research projects so that, one day, people can be free from the fear, harm and heartbreak of dementia.

    Visit the Alzheimer’s Research UK website



  • 2014/2015: Sense UK

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    Visit the Sense UK website



  • 2013/2014: Barnardo’s Children’s Charity

    Every child deserves a chance to feel safe and loved. Barnado’s Children’s Charity has over 100 years’ experience of protecting and supporting the UK’s most vulnerable children. And, where they can, placing them with loving foster carers and adoptive families.

    Visit the Bernardo’s Children’s Charity website



  • 2012/2013: Macmillan Cancer Support

    It’s likely that every family will be touched by cancer at some point. This iconic charity provides physical, financial and emotional support to help people living with cancer get the most out of life.

    Visit the Macmillan Cancer Support website



  • 2011/2012: Guide Dogs for the Blind Association

    Guide Dogs have a simple ambition. It’s for a future where every person with sight loss has the confidence and support to live their lives to the full. Having a guide dog helps so much.

    Visit the Guide Dogs website


  • 2010/2011: Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI)

    Since it began in 1824, RNLI crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,200 lives. Isn’t that amazing? For people in trouble on the seas, having the RNLI watching over us is such a blessing.

    Visit the RNLI website



  • 2009/2010: Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society

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    Visit the MS Society website


  • 2008/2009: Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association

    MND affects the nerves in the brain and spinal chord that controls your muscles. Whether you’ve been diagnosed with MND, or you have a friend or loved who has, their services can really make the world of difference.

    Visit the MND Association website



  • 2007/2008: CLIC Sargent

    Is there anything more heartbreaking than cancer impacting young lives? CLIC Sargent fights to make sure lives aren’t torn apart by offering day-to-day support, financial support and nursing teams. Their work is truly inspirational.

    Visit the CLIC Sargent website