In the lead up to Christmas, Abbey People helped provide hampers and food parcels to local residents. They were able to support 190 households and 487 individuals this Christmas.
They were able to do this because of the support of local individuals and companies in the area,
Cambridge Charity Fundraisers were one of those organisations who helped make it happen
To read more download the file below.
CCFR received a great deal of support from Tesco on Newmarket Road and I must say a special thank you to Julie Izzard The community Champion at Tesco Newmarket Road who was outstanding in helping with this Christmas project along with other CCFR projects.
Above Ian Darler , Nigel Browne , Nicky Shepard , Brian Thorby
15 family food & gift bags delivered to Barnwell community Centre ready for distribution to the families
We continue to work with a number of other community projects but it would not be possible without the support of so many other people.
Thanks to everybody for your support and for helping so many people at Christmas.
Ian Darler B.E.M
Cambridge Charity Fund Raisers
Above, Paul Harrison, Sophie Barber, Ian Darler, A & E Sister with family members receiving the gift donations
THANKS TO TESCO & JULIE IZZARD FOR DONATING THE ABOVE GIFTS
Dear Ian, Paul and the rest of the team,
I am writing on behalf of the team at Addenbrookes Hospital, Paediatric Emergency department. The team and I wanted to say a massive, massive thank you for your support with donations this year. Thank you for also seeking support from wider networks such as Tesco, this is truly amazing, please pass our thanks on to them too and anyone else who donated. It is so appreciated and I wish you could be here to see the difference it makes.
When Children come into the emergency department it is often a very traumatic time for them, they will often undergo a lot of tests and procedures which can be very scary. Children will often spend many hours in the Emergency Department and sometimes will be admitted or go home. This can be very stressful for the whole family. So, as the Therapeutic Play Specialist it is my role to ensure they have positive hospital experiences, engage in play and fun activities and are awarded for their incredible bravery. It is donations like yours which make an incredible difference to the experience we can provide children in hospital, it puts a smile on the little ones faces despite the horrid times they have had, and it allows the nurses to bond with the child in a positive way despite the procedures they may have engaged in beforehand. It gives us all a reason to smile despite the extremely challenging times.
Thank you will never explain how truly grateful we are for your support and I can never explain in words the real difference it will make, but honestly, you’re going to make a lot of children very happy. I look forward to working with you in the future.
See below the photo in the department and a letter received from Sophie Barber
Thank you again! Have an amazing Christmas and Happy New year,
Sophie Barber – Therapeutic Play Specialist, Paediatric Emergency Department, Addenbrookes Hospital
The above letter is exactly what CCFR has been about for the past 15 years, We have always tried to help change people’s lives’ for the better and there is no better feeling than being able to help the children that find them requiring treatment at Addenbrookes.
We have agreed with Sophie Barber to continue supporting them during 2022 and would ask any shops, companies, businesses etc that have any unwanted soft toys, games , sports clothing etc to get in touch with us . We are happy to collect any items that can be donated and will obviously thank them on our website.
Thanks to everybody who has supported CCFR during 2021 and we wish everybody a Happy New Year.
Ian Darler B.E.M
I was so sorry to hear of the passing of our very good friend Mick Curtis.
Mick was one of the first anglers to join CCFR and was always keen to make a donation and support our fishing events, but it didn’t finish there as Mick was always keen to offer support to the other anglers and over the years lent me several rigs especially his paste rigs for what he was well known for in the summer months. He was a very accomplished angler winning lots of silverware over the years. Mick was very kind, compassionate, and a true gentleman. Sadly there are few people like that in the world today. We will all miss his sense of humour and his long, long conversations held on the bankside. He was a wonderful man, and a great friend to so many people. I will be forever grateful for all that he did for me in helping with Cambridge Charity Fund Raisers and his generosity in supporting our events was incredible.
I could never repay all that he did for me and CCFR, I have spoken to Mick’s wife Ros and agreed that I will introduce a new award during our 2022 fishing series, one which anglers will be able to compete for in years to come.
Myself and all from CCFR extend our deepest sympathy to Ros and family and wish to let them know how much we share their pain at this sad time.
Ian Darler and everybody at Cambridge Charity Fund Raisers
Michael's funeral is on the 21st December at 10.30am at Barton Woodland Burial site . CB23 7BA
In Friendship & Sorrow.
With the help and support from Dave Matthew-Jones and Mr Godric Smith I have set myself a challenge to walk a million steps by the 1st January 2022 with all funds raised being donated to SHOUT85258
I would like to ask for your help in raising funds for Shout85258 , Shout is a 24 hour crisis text line giving support to anyone who needs it.
Please see the link below to read my story and make a donation.
Any donation would be very much appreciated . Could I ask you to consider sending the link to two other companies / people in the hope that we can increase the publicity and generate funding and through SHOUT 85258 offer a lifeline to those who may be struggling with day to day life ? your donation could save a life.
I am hoping that companies will make a donation to show their support for mental health in the work place and the general public will also make a donation to help provide funding for those who struggling with their mental health. Start talking about how you are feeling both at work and at home.
Updates will be posted on my charity website cambridgecharityfundraisers.com
Thank you in advance of your help and support.
Ian Darler B.E.M
Cambridge Charity Fund Raisers staged their 2021 annual fishing event in aid of Cambridge Fans United and are pleased to confirm £520 was raised.
Nigel Browne CFU , Ian Darler CCFR & Brian Thorby CFU at the cheque presentation
CCFR would like to thank the following companies for sponsoring the fishing event and the anglers for taking part.
Andrew Aspinall at A.R.Aspinall ,
Bob Barnes at Cambridge Lakes Golf course,
Steve Ankin at Herringbone Restoration Ltd
Tim Cooper at Coopers Trophies, Cambridge.
The event was fished on Raven Lake at Rookery waters , Pidley.
The individual winner on the day was Dave Keedy with a weight of 87lb , Runner up was Dudley Seal with 65lb 8oz.
Above - Dave Keedy with one of his carp that took him to the top of the leader board.
Below Left Tim & Dudley with their trophies & prizes -
Below Right Runners up in the Pairs match were Dave Keedy & Wayne Thomas
Thanks to everybody for their support.
Since the start of virus situation 18 months ago I had seen a lady everyday walking between the villages of Histon and Cottenham on my journey in to work.
So what you may say but this lady had been collecting the litter that had been thrown in to hedgerows, footpaths etc
I had seen the ever increasing amount of litter the lady had been picking up on a daily basis come rain, sun or snow.
I became so impressed by what an amazing job that she had done over an 18 month period that I felt that she deserved a small thank you.
So I made the decision to stop on the way to work last week and offer a small gift to the lady for the outstanding work she had done over a prolonged period.
I stopped and spoke to the lady who I now know as Kathleen and said that CCFR had a small gift of a couple of boxes of chocolates for the outstanding work she had done in keeping the country side so clean and tidy it was so nice to be able to offer a small gift for somebody who cared about her community and put a smile on her face.
Outstanding work Kathleen
Ian Darler B.E.M
We finally made a small presentation of £500 to the The Malcolm Whales Foundation yesterday which was raised by Cambridge Charity Fund Raisers fishing series.
Fund raising has been very difficult during the pandemic so we are really pleased to have raised £500 for such an outstandingly good cause.
We would like to thank James & Clair German along with Alex Bates at Rookery Waters for all their support with our events and the anglers who raised sponsorship money during such challenging times.
Photo attached .
Back row L to R Dudley Seal , Alan Giddens , CCFR anglers
Front row L to R Tim cooper CCFR James German tmwf Mike Lynch CCFR
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Life's a Pitch book by Ian Darler ---- Ian Darler, Head Groundsman at Cambridge United’s Abbey Stadium for 40 years, looks back on an eventful career in his autobiography, Life’s a Pitch: The Groundsman’s Tale From an apprenticeship that kindled his love affair with the turf to welcoming the world’s biggest football club to his stadium.
But Ian also talks bravely about the life-threatening incident that plunged him into a very dark place, and sheds light on the reasons why he works tirelessly to raise money for good causes.
Life’s a Pitch is published by sports and special interest publisher G2 Entertainment. Available for £16.99 including 4.00pp
Order a copy here www.cambridgefansunited.org/store/p71/lifes-a-pitch.html
Cambridge Charity Fundraisers are a voluntary organisation, raising money for local charities through fishing tournaments, donations, sponsorship and events.