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NewsThis year’s Breast Cancer Care’s Pink Ribbon Walk will be on Saturday 17th May. Kicking off at Hampton Court Palace the 10 or 20 mile walk will include parkland, the Thames Path and will pass through Teddington.

All money raised goes towards helping people living with breast cancer and organisers are also looking for 100 volunteers to help out at the event.

Three year-old Harry was recently diagnosed with leukemia and has begun a three-year treatment course, visiting Kingston hospital and The Royal Marsden. You can also follow Harry’s progress here.

Family and friends have decided to raise money for The Marsden to help others who might need these valuable services in the future – a goal of £10k over the course of the treatment is the fund-raising target and to kick it off, Harry’s older sister Freya, cousin Sam and friends who will be taking part in the Bushy Park Juniors 2km run on the 4th of May.

Thursday 3rd April will see the return of the annual Charities Day at Stanley School. Each year group has a nominated charity, small groups create fund-raising stalls with lots of ideas such as guess the name of the Teddy, number of sweets in the jar.

As well as raising money for charity, it’s a great way of making the children aware of social responsibility. The kitchen will also be serving morning bacon rolls and lunches of quiches and salad – all are welcome to drop in, help support the local charities and enjoy breakfast/lunch whilst you’re there!

The Teddington Society and friends are to bring back the Pram Race to Teddington after a break of several years. The Pram Race, to raise money for local good causes and charities, will kick off at 1pm at the Masons Arms finishing in Udney Hall Gardens with a fair few stops for refreshments at pubs along the way.

Teams of up to four people are required to push a decorated pram (or wheeled trolley) – prizes will be distributed for the best fancy dress team, best pram, fastest time and most sponsorship raised. See their website for more info, pics of previous races and the entry form:

This will take place on the same day as Teddington Village Fair, which is a free community event on 29th of June this year. Organisers Teddington Society and The Landmark Arts Centre are seeking sponsors for the entertainers for the fair – contact if your company might be interested.

Home-Start Richmond is a local charity that trains volunteers to support children and parents in families where they are experiencing issues such as severe post-natal depression, low-income, isolation, disability (parent or child), bereavement, or a combination of issues that can affect the welfare of a child.

Everyone needs a bit of help sometimes – volunteers can help parents with support, friendship and advice when their children are young so get in touch if you are tired, unhappy, stressed, suffering from post-natal illness, isolated, finding it difficult coping with a child’s illness or disability. Tel 020 8487 8500 for more info.

Nina is a Teddington mum who is running the Virgin London Marathon this year to raise funds for Rays of Sunshine Children’s Charity – they grant wishes to children with life threatening and life limiting illnesses. Her own daughter required a liver transplant when she was only 7 months old and this year will be visiting Florida with the help of Rays of Sunshine. Fund raising info:


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