Our Centre Charity for 2017

Our 2017 Charity Year

Chairman Rob and Maz Rice raised an impressive £5000.01

for Autism Anglia.



Both Maz and I were emotionally moved by an Autism documentary called ‘Employable Me’ this demonstrated the difficulty a person with Autism had in finding employment.  The programme followed the life of several people who have neurological conditions such as Autism and the challenges they face in life.  The issue holding many back is that  Autism is a lifelong, developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people, and how they experience the world around them.  Our charity year for Autism Anglia has provided desperately needed funds to help equip a sensory unit at the Doucecroft School in Colchester.  This will go a small way to help young people overcome some of these challenges and help realise their potential.  If we manage to improve the life of just one person it will have been a worthwhile exercise.

Rob Rice

North Essex Chairman


Autism Anglia’s response to the monies raised,

“Hi Rob,

I’ve just caught up with Sarah who said she had a lovely evening with you all on Saturday and has showed me the photos that Alan took.  She has also given me the cheque which is just fantastic!!!! I never imagined it would be so much – thank you, thank you!! 

I am going to include it in our next newsletter – could you tell me the name of the lady presenting the cheque with you please? 

We are going to use the money to make a start on refurbishing the sensory rooms at Doucecroft School.  This is such a fantastic start to the £13k needed to get the relaxation room done at least – with a few grant funders that I have made applications to we should have this up and running this academic year at least. 

Thank you again for your commitment to raising funds throughout the year – we really appreciate the hard work that goes into raising such a fabulous amount of money. 

With kindest regards


Anna Rogers, Head of Fundraising & Communications 
Autism Anglia”



Our 2014 Charity Year

Chairman Greg and Tina Potter raised an impressive £3500 for

Essex Oncology Wards.


Greg and Tina Charity Picture

While we have fun and enjoy life on a weekly basis our thoughts are never far from those not so fortunate as ourselves.  As a result we organise regular charity event within our club to contribute back into our local community.

On average every 3rd year is a charity year where local good causes are considered.

Our efforts have seen donations to the following charities which helps support the marvelous work they carry out.

Essex Accident Rescue Service provide emergency care for road accidents and other high level incidents.  Doctors covering the Essex area respond at a moments notice and carry out vital ‘first on scene’ care.  The money raised provided high visibility jackets to wear at the scene.

Essex Children’s Unit received ‘Benny the Bears’.  Benny the Bear was a very special Bear and developed to help explain to children their injuries and possible treatment they were likely to have in hospital.  You were able to open up the legs and arms which showed the bone structure and if you opened up the chest you could see all the vital organs in the human body.

During my charity year we purchased and donated these bears to Colchester, Chelmsford and Oldchurch Hospitals.


McMillan Nurses was our chosen charity in 2004 and again in 2009, they provide valuable support to cancer sufferers.  They make a big difference to people lives during very difficult times.


Help For Hero’s Support for our injured service people.

Help for Heros

Rhys Lewis Cancer Unit We raised enough money to provide two specialist beds as requested by the ward.  Our chair lady Lynne Arthy was very proud of all our members who contributed to this tremendous effort.

In a later year these beds went on to help one of our own members who was very special to Lynne & Bill.


Essex Oncology Wards Family room furniture was provided to help families stay near to their loves.

Charity Chart