On the 5th April 2019 there was a meal to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of Ian Darler working at Cambridge United. Below are some photos from the evening. If you went can you spot yourself in one?
Ian is also bringing out a book this summer called Life's a Pitch. If you would like your name to be included in it as a dedication click here to find out more
Have your name in the book Life's a Pitch - A Groundsman Tale by Ian Darler
Last date for publication donation acceptance is midnight Friday 19th April 2019LIFE’S A PITCH By Ian Darler
FAMILY, FRIENDS, ASSOCIATES, SUPPORTERS
For anyone who wishes to be associated with the above publication the publisher has very kindly agreed to allow a limited number of names to be printed in the back of the book.
The agreed donation is £20.00
Please print the name you would like to be printed in the book. To avoid any incorrect spelling please use block capital
If you would like a different name to be included use the contact box
Complete the form below and pay for the dedication click the link here http://www.cambridgefansunited.org/store/p71/Life%27s_a_Pitch_book_Donation.html
You can also download the word document and take it to the CFU outlet before the match against Newport with payment
There will also be copies of the form at CFU outlet in the Main Car Park before the Newport match on Saturday 13th April
Last date of publication donation acceptance is midnight Friday 19th April 2019
The goal of CCFR is to support a variety of charities within the local area in various different ways this year we supported the 2019 Cambridge United HOF induction evening by sponsoring the inductees awards but what we did not expect was former United legion John Taylor to get up on stage and chip in by setting a question for the audience and charge them £20 a table for the privilege of entering.
John raised £260 from his 5 minute quiz all of which will be donated to the CCFR chosen charity for 2019 which is The Arthur Rank Hospice Charity.
CCFR would like to thank all the guests and coconuts committee for their support and kind donation.
Cambridge Charity Fundraisers are pleased to announce that some of the money raised during 2018 has been put towards sponsoring a guide dog for the next two years, The puppy Eve is seen in the attached photo's aged six weeks old.
This is the third time that CCFR have supported the Guide Dogs as well as helping out the association with a training venue at Cambridge United's Abbey Stadium on match days as the trainers teach the puppies how to deal with various noise's and distractions.
Further updates of Eve's training will follow in 2019.
Apologies to Chris for the delay in publishing the article below due to a problem with our previous website
Chris Whitehall winner of the 2017 fishing series which was in aid of Tom's Trust caring for children with brain tumors
Chris put in an outstanding performance over all six matches throughout 2017 to be very worthy champion.
The CCFR 2018 fishing series has just one match remaining and yet again the points table tells a story with the leaders Ian Claydon & Dave Keedy on 26 points being closely chased by Dudley Seal and Gary Chandler on 24
points this means that there will be a new name on the championship trophy this year.
Good luck to you all on the final match.
Cambridge Charity Fund Raisers would like to thank all the sponsors that have helped raise substantial funds over the past twelve years for both local and national charities.
There are a number of people I need to thank personally for their continued support firstly Mr Jon Stump of Mick George Limited I first met Jon when I secured the shirt sponsorship deal with him at Cambridge United and a friendship developed. Mick George Ltd have now sponsored our events for a number of years and in return CCFR donate funds to Jon when he undertakes his own personal fund raising campaigns without companies like Mick George Ltd we would not be able to support so may worthwhile charities.
THE AIM OF CCFR IS ALWAYS TO HELP CHANGE PEOPLE'S LIVES FOR THE BETTER.
Alan Woods of AJW Distribution Ltd has supported CCFR for a number of years with sponsorship and also supported the sale of the children's book Flash's new glasses by selling the publication at his trade show events.
Andrew Aspinall of A.R.Aspinall & Sons Ltd has also been a sponsor of the past four sporting diners
Steve Glover of GGVS
Tim & Sid Cooper of Coopers Trophies have been the trophy sponsor of all the CCFR fishing events for the past twelve years again we are very grateful for all the support.
Dominic Deer and former employee at Frimstone Ltd Colin Faiers for the support the company showed in the early days of CCFR
Paul Dean of P.S.Dean Roofing for both his financial support and hands on help over the past decade.
Homebase for the support they have given in the past with donations of picture frames that enables us to have the signed sporting memorabilia items framed.
Simpers Ltd for the loan of tables , chairs, cuttlery etc that has saved the hire fee on the equipment
Paul Mumby of Sign-Art who produced our charity signs at no cost to CCFR
Clare and James German along with Alex Bates at Rookery Waters fishery who have supported CCFR for five years by offering the lakes, cafe etc for our fishing events.
Valerie Graves again who has donated her fishing lake to us to raise funds for charity events
Royston & District AC who have been supporters of CCFR for over a decade
Andrew Carruthers of Hi-Tech security print who has produced our event tickets for all the sporting diners over the past decade.
Jason Stearn of Falcon Print who very kindly assist with the printing of our event programs
Gary Reynolds of GRT Print Solutions, Gary has donated so much time ,effort and money supporting all the sporting diners with the production of our program Gary has the patience of a saint as I am chasing him for weeks before our events adding adverts changing wording etc and nothing is ever to much trouble. Gary has simply been outstanding in his support towards CCFR.
Kingspan insulated panels for their contribution towards the sporting dinners
I would like to thank the anglers that have attended our annual fishing series for the past 12 years who also sponsor some of the events finally a big thank you to everybody who has helped at our events both on the day and by collecting raffle prizes etc.
We as a group are now in the process of confirming our next charity event and looking for sponsors and auction / raffle prizes so if any companies have anything they can donate as prizes or auction items please contact us we would be pleased to give you some coverage as a thank you.
We have attached a few photo's of the presentations to the charities who we have worked with in the past three years -
2015 Cancer Research Uk £5000
2015 East Anglian Childrens Hospice's £5000
2015 Arthur Rank Hospice Charity £500
2016 Arthur Rank Hospice Charity £4500
2016 Road Victims Trust £4500
2016 Tom's Trust caring for children with brain tumors , Book sales from Flash's New Glasses £708
2017 Tom's Trust caring for children with brain tumors £11.000
2018 Run Ronnie Run £500
Thanks to everybody who has contributed over the years.
Below photographs -
2015 presentation Cancer Research, EACH, Arthur Rank
2016 book fund presentation Toms Trust
2016 presentations Arthur Rank,Road victims Trust,Tom,s Trust
2017 presentaion Tom,s trust
2018 Run Ronnie Run presentation
Hillary the Hedgehog below is about Friday and Saturday 3rd and 4th August 2018
Now having missed the first appearance of the baby hedgehog visiting the gnomes earlier this week I was thinking it may be one of those DMJ -MB wind ups but then seeing the poor little thing twice for myself and then yesterday afternoon having to give it a drink twice within a couple of hours and placing her under the Abbey Arms in the hope the shade would help her, how did I know it was a her? well we will get to that in a minute.
As 4.30pm approached yesterday both Mick and I were knackered having cut the pitch in the full heat of the sun and then sat in the Abbey Arms having a cold drink when we again noticed the baby HH on the gravel and not looking very well, we again gave it a drink and put back in the shade and we then headed off home,
When arriving home I mentioned the HH to the girls which caused a real commotion along the lines of poor thing at which point I said I did not think it would last the night, with that it was upstairs to find a shoe box and back to the Abbey stadium via Tesco for some premium dog food, on arrival at the stadium we pulled up alongside the Abbey Arms and there laid the baby hedgehog again, after lots of RRRRRRRRSSSSSS and poor thing from the girls I picked it up and gave it a drink and then offered it some dog food now remembering it was still a baby understood
it could not use the dinner fork I had taken so used a wooden tea stirrer to feed it and seemed like it had not eaten for days by the way it hoovered up the meat poor thing was starving and very thirsty. It was clear that it could not survive on its own and that the mother was not around.
The HH was boxed up and heading home for the evening were it received A&E treatment all night with feeds and waters little and often and this morning was still alive and looking a little better.
The HH has now been transferred to the HH hospital at Shepreth, Willers Mill, the HH was female and named Hillary and weighed in at just 92grams but the staff confirmed she was looking well and expected to make a full
recovery , We made a donation of £50 for its upkeep .
All in the days work of a Head Groundsman as these little guys and girls are so valuable to the gardens and lawns
Cambridge Charity Fundraisers are a voluntary organisation, raising money for local charities through fishing tournaments, donations, sponsorship and events.