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New Sutton Free school is revealed at afternoon assembly

DSC_0090Orchard Hill College and Academy Trust were excited to welcome Sutton Council leader  Councillor Ruth Dombey for a special assembly at Carew Academy for the revealing of the new Sutton Free School. Lower School pupils gathered in the hall for what they thought was going to be a usual Friday afternoon assembly – but it didn’t take them long to notice the huge cake and the table strewn with cupcakes surrounded by celebratory balloons!

Head of Lower School, Mr Thomas led the assembly rewarding pupils’ achievements for the week and upping the energy levels with the next instalment of the staff vs. pupils tournament. Head teacher, Mr Watkins then took over and raised energy levels even higher welcoming special guest Councillor Ruth Dombey and CEO, Dr Caroline Allen.

Councillor Dombey got really involved as the name of the school, The Futures Academy was revealed as well as the new logo, which was designed by pupil Cameron Kirby, age 9 from Wallington.
CEO, Dr Caroline Allen, said “It was wonderful to see the pupils’ enthusiasm coming up with so many brilliant names, designs for the logo and to see their excitement to be part of the new Sutton Free School”

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MP Tom wearing red to help raise awareness

Tom - Encephalitis DayTom Brake, MP for Carshalton and Wallington, will join millions across the globe by wearing red and shining a light on Encephalitis.

Encephalitis is a swelling of the brain which is caused either by an infection invading the brain or through the immune system attacking the brain in error. Encephalitis affects more people annually than certain types of meningitis and motor neurone disease and yet remains less well known. You can find out more here,

In London, the fountains at Trafalgar Square will be turned red to mark World Encephalitis Day and raise awareness of the condition, a swelling of the brain, which affects 500,000 people globally each year. The fountains will be joined by other famous landmarks, including Niagara Falls; Blackpool Tower; The Swan Bell Tower, Perth, Australia; The Peace Bridge, which links the USA with Canada, and many more.

Tom Brake MP says:

“I’d like to pay tribute to Stanley Park Infants who made me aware of this day and are organising an important event locally.

For individuals like their classmate Max Snigorski, who was taken critically ill and has  been left with epilepsy after contracting viral encephalitis, this will be a day to remember and the start of a journey to make sure that many more people understand this less well known condition.

 I hope that local residents will join this campaign today by wearing something red and sharing their photographs on social media.”

Trish Rake, Max’s mother, added:

“Max was in hospital for three weeks. During this time he was suffering from constant seizures, paralysis, loss of speech/memory/co-ordination and plentiful audio/visual hallucinations. The prognosis was unknown.  He had MRI, CT scans,  several EEGs, daily cannulas, IV drips, PIC line, numerous lumbar punctures, biopsies etc.  He was ridiculously brave.

Max left hospital three weeks later walking and talking and with most of his memory back. Max was one of the lucky ones, I have since learnt, many do not have this happy ending. Max has since been diagnosed with epilepsy as a result of the illness, but this is currently being well managed with medication and Max is doing well.

The support we have received from Max’s school, Stanley Park Infant’s School, has been phenomenal. He has the most caring friends who look out for him on a daily basis and the staff there have been truly magnificent. Watching all of the children stream into school this morning wearing red clothes to support ‘World Encephalitis Day’ #red4wed was so touching.”

You can find out more about Encephalitis and the campaign here:

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Take the time to celebrate one of Wales’s most famous foods

leek1st March 2016 is St David’s Day, the patron saint of Wales and there’s no better time to celebrate Wales’ most famous (and in-season) food, the humble leek.

While many people wear a leek to mark Wales’ national day, you may prefer to chop and cook your leeks instead. If that’s the case then try the delicious contemporary and traditional Welsh-themed recipes that have been created for the British Leek Growers Association including:-

o Leek Braised Mutton with Creamy Leek and Mint Sauce
o Lamb and Leek Thai Red Curry
o One-Pot Oven Baked Lamb and Leek Risotto
o Chicken, Leek, Prune and Caerphilly Pie
o Hearty Leek and Lamb Cobbler
o Welsh Leek and Goat’s Cheese Rarebit

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Citizen Service initiative can help your charity

citizenThe National Citizen Service Programme’s vision is to see a more integrated society where there is understanding and appreciation of each other’s differences. The Challenge works towards this by designing and delivering programmes that bring different people together to develop their confidence and skills in understanding and connecting with others.

National Citizen Service: The Challenge will be running the NCS programme this summer, with over 600 young people taking part in Sutton. The participants will meet new people, gain new skills, and plan a social action project that will benefit their local community.

How can the challenge help your charity? Each team of young people will work with a local charity partner to plan and carry out a social action project. They will fundraise, raise awareness, and volunteer for you during their time with us. The Challenge already work with some amazing charities including Sutton Mental Health Foundation, Sutton Reach, Oaks Way Centre, and many more. We’d love for our young people to plan something that will make a lasting impact on your organisation and its beneficiaries.

Contact: Please email or call 07392 873357 to find out more.

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Some fund available for small groups to run summer playschemes

sv-icon-copy-1The Hilden Charitable Fund was established in 1963 by Joan and Tony Rampton. It is a grant making foundation registered with the UK Charity Commission. The Hilden Charitable Fund awards grants to projects both in the UK and in developing countries. The aim of the fund is to address disadvantages, notably by supporting causes which are less likely to raise funds from public subscriptions. Both the UK and overseas fund policy is directed largely at supporting work at community level.

The Fund has allocated a small budget to help community groups run summer play schemes for disadvantaged communities.  Some priority will be given to projects which show they are inclusive of children from refugee families, and show BME involvement.

Trustees look to fund:
* Projects for children aged 5 to 18 years
* Locally based schemes lasting from 2 to 6 weeks
* Schemes with strong volunteer support
Applications are accepted from voluntary agencies with an income of less than £150,000.
Trustees will accept applications from across the UK.

* Play schemes with a budget of over £12,000
* Club or family holidays
* Day care costs
* Agencies with an income of over £150,000.

What they need from applicants:
The completed application form sent to us by post with:
*A brief plan of action/time table for the scheme
* A copy of the applicant’s most recent annual report and accounts which must include details of their management committee.

Applications must be received by Wednesday May 24th 2017
Find out more 

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Cruddas Foundation aims to benefit disadvantaged and disengaged young people

cruddasThe Peter Cruddas Foundation aims to benefit disadvantaged and disengaged young people in the UK by ensuring their funding reaches those most in need.

The Foundation gives priority to programs designed to help disadvantaged and disengaged young people in the age range of 14 to 30, to pursue pathways to Education, Training and Employment with the ultimate aim of helping them to become financially independent. Preference will be given to the support of projects undertaken by UK registered charitable organisations (currently not CIC’s or Social Enterprises), in England and Wales only, for the benefit of such people.

To qualify you must be:
– A charity registered with the charity commission in England and Wales benefitting people living in England and Wales.
– Currently applications from CIC’s and Social Enterprises or individuals are not being supported.

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World Book Day to be celebrated at Sutton Soft Play at Sports village

World Book Day Story Time at Sutton Soft Play-page-001Join Sutton Soft Play at Better, Sutton Sports Village to celebrate World Book Day on Thursday 2nd March at 9:30am with their FREE Story Time Session. Little ones are encouraged to come along in their pyjamas bringing their favourite soft toy in exchange for a small donation to Book Aid International, who raise money to provide books to libraries in Africa’s sub-Saharan continent.

Please register your interest with us Share the gift of reading with those who really need it!


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Early intervention crucial in combatting eating disorders


sv-icon-copy-1Early intervention is crucial to combatting eating disorders and provides the focus for Eating Disorders Awareness Week (EDAW), running from 27 February to 5 March 2017.

The international awareness event seeks to inform and remind healthcare professionals and the wider public alike that signs and symptoms need to be recognised and dealt with promptly if the devastating and potentially life-threatening consequences of eating disorders are to be avoided.

Dr Brendan Hudson, Chair of NHS Sutton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and local GP, said: “Conditions such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia and binge eating disorder can affect anyone regardless of gender or age or socio-economic background. The stigma attached to eating disorders – in common with many mental illnesses and conditions – means that so many people suffer in silence.”

As well as releasing a range of resources throughout the week to help both the public and healthcare professionals identify and act on early signs of these conditions Sock It to Eating Disorders day on 3 March is a spirited highlight of the week and a fun opportunity to raise funds for the cause.

Participants are encouraged to wear their silliest socks to school, work or university, make a donation and share a photo from the day using the #SockItSelfie hashtag. Click here to register for the Sock It to Eating Disorders fundraising pack.

Beat is also set to publish the results of the EDAW survey to help bring perspectives of patients and GPs together to discuss how to move the conversation around eating disorders forward positively.

Beat – the UK’s foremost eating disorders charity – has been supporting and campaigning on behalf of those affected by eating disorders for nearly thirty years. Through helplines, message boards, service directories, online and peer support groups and projects and events such as EDAW, Beat is working toward realising a world where fewer people suffer from eating disorders, and where those that do are met with care, understanding and rapid access to treatment.

It is prescient that EDAW should occur during what has been a challenging winter for the health service, as the insidious nature of eating disorders mean that the resources associated with treatment tend to balloon when early signs and symptoms are ignored.

While it might seem natural that the health service prioritises patients who present with more overt symptoms, the estimated £3.9 – £4.6billion annual NHS cost of treating eating disorders adds a public financial burden to a mental health epidemic as tragic as it is avoidable.

Click here to explore further fundraising possibilities throughout EDAW.

Click the links below for more information about eating disorders:

NHS Choices – Eating Disorders

NHS Choices – Overcoming Eating Disorders

NHS Choices – Find Eating Disorder Support Services

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Huge disappointment for Rovers sunday side

football-3There was massive disappointment for Tyler Chambers and his Sutton Common Rovers Sunday side, as they bowed out of the County Cup at the quarter final stage, writes Gary Brigden

Against good opponents in Palace Saint Germain the lads made an appalling start, and found themselves 2-0 down inside the opening six minutes and were unable to pull themselves back into the game.

Chances came to Liam Holden and Asa Rixon, but they found the Palace keeper in outstanding form, with one save from a Nathan Oliver free kick being remarkable.

We trailed 2-0 at the break and could have fallen further behind on 55 minutes, but our keeper saved a penalty to keep us in it. We pulled one back with twenty minutes remaining, but it was not enough and we bowed out.

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