FACE: Furzedown friends & neighbours supporting local causes affecting those close to us...
Over the last few years, FACE has hosted charity events to raise awareness and support for local causes affecting those close to us. The money raised has made a huge difference:
St George's has opened a dedicated space for young people with cancer, which is equipped with items to make their stay less stressful and isolating and has just appointed a specialist nurse. MNDA has provided therapists, specialist equipment and grants to families in South London. We have also raised the money to provide The Furzedown Project with a defibrillator, a media centre and are sponsoring their vital minibus. We are also helping other local causes.
Face up to the challenge of
Motor Neurone Disease...
Our neighbour Gareth was told in 2010 that he had Motor Neurone Disease. Sadly, he passed away in March 2012.
MND is a progressive disease that causes increasing loss of mobility and difficulties with speech, swallowing and breathing. As a father with three young children he found the charity Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA) incredibly supportive and vital in helping him and his family through difficult and challenging times.
Gareth was central in helping FACE raise the funds to help South London MNDA provide grants and equipment to support other families
living with MND.
Read their recent letter HERE
Helping teenagers with cancer in St George's Hospital...
Local schoolgirl Clare was diagnosed with cancer when she was just 16.
St George's Hospital provides world-class treatment so she has recovered well and is getting on with her life, but her time in hospital was marred by the fact there are no wards or facilities for teenagers which meant she had to go on an adult ward. She had no one to talk to and nothing to do, she felt isolated, scared and lonely.
By providing dedicated staff and a room with resources like computers, ipods or a games library we will be helping teenagers undergoing treatment in St George's Hospital, keep in touch with their friends, study and relax, which will help improve their time in hospital.
Over the last 5 years we've raised over £20,000 to help open this much needed resource which has just opened in St George's Hospital.
Teenage Cancer Trust has funded specialist design company Grosvenor Interiors and MacMillan Nurses have appointed a specialist nurse.
We are continuing to provide support, including enabling the young people to attend social events.
The Furzedown Project: supporting older people
For over 40 years The Furzedown Project on Moyser Road has been there for our older neighbours.
Helping to overcome social isolation amongst older people by providing a meeting place and lots of activities like swimming, crafts and yoga. As well as befriending the housebound, home visits, assisted transport and day trips out. Supporting local people between 60 and 95+ the Project is open 10am - 4pm weekdays, run with 2 full time staff, 2 part time staff and lots of volunteers.
We have sponsored The Furzedown Project minibus after their last sponsor pulled out.
This local transport is supported by volunteer drivers and is a vital resource for Project members with mobility problems and this will ensure they can continue coming to Project social groups, events and classes.
We have also provided a defibrillator which is situated at the Project reception desk and is a great asset for the whole community! We've also given IT support and a media centre and look forward to doing more with them.
We are also supporting special initiatives in the local Furzedown area or charities which benefit local people.
We have recently provided the funds to enable the local branch of The Multiple Sclerosis Society to run a special Yoga class this year - low impact exercise is an important way of controlling and managing the symptoms of MS.
We continue to support the FurzedownFoodbank at St Paul's Church, to help local families in need. We have also provided Furzedown Youth Centre with a Playstation, a vacuum cleaner and paid for a special first-aid training for local kids plus other fun items that will help encourage attendance and keep the centre looking good!
We have sponsored a community cookery project CooksForce from Graveney Village Network at The Graveney Canteen in Tooting. And Teens Unite Fighting Cancer, a national charity which is dedicated to improving the lives of young people aged 13-24, with cancer and other life limiting illnesses. Local Furzedown teenagers have benefited from their fun days out - including concerts, football matches, art and beauty workshops. “To help young people build on their self esteem, self confidence and to reduce the feeling of isolation, realising that others are facing similar challenges” www.teensunitefightingcancer.org
WASA is a Wandsworth club that teaches disabled children to swim has been providing fantastic support for local Furzedown children - so FACE have paid for 4 volunteers' training courses in 2016 and will be funding more in 2018.
Children who have disabilities like sight loss or physical impairment, enjoy learning to swim in the safe, supportive environment that WASA’s Disability Swimming Club provides. The level 2 training course has given the volunteers an opportunity to develop new skills and knowledge and therefore have a positive impact on all the children who attend.
Lovely film of them in action here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AB5vBydj8ls