Residents of Elmbridge Village have been recognised for their fundraising efforts in The Mail on Sunday newspaper on April 29th. Certainly not shy of fundraising, the residents have raised over £1000 for their chosen charities in the last few months alone. Joining the nations biggest coffee morning held every September for Macmillan Cancer, Elmbridge’s bakers bake their finest scones, muffins and victoria sponges, raising an impressive £600 for the charity in 2017.
Each Christmas, residents hone in on their arts and crafts skills, creating an array of Christmas gifts and decorations for members of the public and family members to purchase at a special Christmas Fair, held at the village. The £775 raised in December 2017 was distributed to local food banks, local hospices and hospitals, teenage cancer trust and homeless charities.
And each week, Elmbridge’s famous knitting society meets to knit tiny hats, mittens and cardigans for premature babies in Surrey hospitals.
Jo Marks, a resident at Elmbridge Village, oversees many of the charitable activities in the village. She said it was important for communities to help those less fortunate:
“We’ve held lots of different events, including MacMillan coffee mornings and a Christmas Bazaar where we had lots of stalls with different items for sale. We felt it was important to donate the money from that event to local charities that do not receive as much attention or money as others.
“Retirement is the perfect time to raise money for charity. I’ve always done charitable work, but of course I have more time now to look after the village’s charity work, partake in fundraising activities and give back to our local communities.”
Well done to all residents involved!