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Welcome to our 2018 Community Support page
As well as our major 5 events that we are putting on this year, we also assist other organisations that require help in their own community projects. This page runs from January 2018 - December 2018 (For last year click here)
                                                           JANUARY 2018
Our first outing of 2018 was to take part in the annual GAFIRS New Year's Day
Swim in the Solent, or to be more accurate in most cases, a brief plunge into the icy waters and then a dash for warmth. Nearly 400 people took part and I represented the Gosportarians, raising money for GAFIRS. We raised £220 which bought a marine radio and had great coverage in not only our local News, but also the Southampton Echo and the Daily Mail.
GAFIRS NYD swim 1
GAFIRS NYD swim 2   GAFIRS NYD swim 3
January saw the first of our litterpicking sessions helping CHAT. Sad to see that this lovely bike was among the rubbish I retrieved from the moat.
Fort Brockhurst litterpick 01   Fort Brockhurst litterpick 02
Also in January we presented the Stokes Bay Junior Park Run group with the equipment they had requested. Poles and chain link for the finishing posts and waterproof  writing boards for use in all weathers
Stokes Bay Junior Park Run 01   Stokes Bay Junior Park Run 02
We also handed over the waterproof marine radio that we had purchased with the money donated by generous donors for my New Year's swim at GAFIRS
GAFIRS radio donation 01
GAFIRS radio donation 01   GAFIRS radio donation 02
Still in January we visited "Simon Says", an organisation based in Bridgemary that welcomes young people who have suffered a family bereavement to get together to discuss issues that they have in common. We shall be donating much needed equipment
Simon says 01
Simon says 02   Simon says 03
I hosted a schools spelling competition between: Woodcot Primary, Grange Infants
Bedenham Primary , Rowner Infants, Peel Common Infants
and Alverstoke Infants. A great start this year and hopefully more schools next year.
Schools Spelling competition 01
Schools Spelling competition 02   Schools Spelling competition 03
February saw our regular litterpick with CHAT, this time at Walpole Park
Litterpick Walpole Park
We visited the Oarsome Chance Foundation to see what they did in our community
Oarsome 01
Oarsome 02   Oarsome 03
Having found what they needed in the way of supplies, we went back to "Simon Says" with a large box of goodies for them to use.
Simon says 11
Simon says 22   Simon says 24
March saw our World Book Day presentations as we went to 5 schools and read to more than 400 pupils
World Book Day 01
World Book Day 02   World Book Day 03
 
The beginning of March saw our presentation of a new laptop to SUKI gymnastics and aerobics club along with a cheque for £500 from ASDA Gosport
SUKI laptop presentation 01
SUKI laptop presentation 02 SUKI laptop presentation 03
Give Gain Grow's "Mad Hatter" Hat making session ready for our annual
"Wear a Hat for Brain Tumour Research" on March 28th
Give Gain Grow "Mad Hatter" day
We joined 1 Community of Fareham for their mascot parade along West Street Fareham to help promote their services to the community.
I community mascot walk 01
I community mascot walk 02   I community mascot walk 03
We joined forced with the Trash Cafe to put on and Easter Egg Hunt, Fancy Dress Parade and Easter Bonnet competition at the Thorngate Halls
Easter Egg Hunt 01
Easter Egg Hunt 02   Easter Egg Hunt 03
With Gary and Rachel we visited Gomer, Leesland, Newtown, Haselworth, Brockhurst, Bedenham, Holbrook and other schools to read stories and give out gifts
Easter Rabbit 02
Easter Rabbit 01   Easter Rabbit 03
"Wear a hat for brain tumour research saw us team up with GiveGainGrow to march up and down Gosport High Street to raise money and awareness.
GGG Wear a hat 01
GGG Wear a hat 02   GGG Wear a hat 03
Helped SUKI clean the 64 boards that make up their championship floor in preparation for the upcoming competition at Fareham Leisure Centre (only took three hours!)
SUKI clean 01   SUKI clean 02
SUKI clean 03   SUKI clean 04
With the last of our Easter Eggs, ASDA community champions Rachel Webber and Sharon Noble and I visited Ark Royal and Sultan wards at the War Memorial Hospital to deliver the eggs to the elderly patients and staff working through the holiday
War Memorial eggs 01
War Memorial eggs 02   War Memorial eggs 03
Our last visit in March was to the Wild Gardeners allotment in Bridgemary for their open day to celebrate the flowers and vegetables grown by Simon and Co.
Wild Gardeners 01
Wild Gardeners 02   Wild Gardeners 03
Volunteered at the Southern Aerobic Gymnastics competition at Fareham Leisure Centre
with Rachel, welcoming competitors and taking entrance fees
Southern Gymnasts competition 01
Southern Gymnasts competition 02   Southern Gymnasts competition 03
April 15th and I was filming the memorial service and benches dedicated to the men who lost their lives when HMS submarine "Affray" sunk near Alderney in 1951
Affray memorial service & bench dedication
We delivered the items that Oarsome Chance had asked us to purchase and had a go at using them ourselves
Oarsome tool donation 01
Oarsome tool donation 02   Oarsome tool donation 03
Along with ASDA Gosport champion Rachel, I went to breakfast club at the War Memorial to make tea and talk to the patients. We Met Clive from Age Concern Hampshire and teacher Stephanie with her students from Fareham College
War Memorial breakfast club 01
War Memorial breakfast club 02   War Memorial breakfast club 03
Gary took time off from his political campaigning to accompany me on our journey to Totton to the home of Acclaim Logistics to deliver our consignment of 100's of Terry nappies, which were then loaded on a pallet ready to ship them free over to the isle of Wight to join the Water Barrels ready to ship to Africa
Roll out the barrel nappy delivery 01
Roll out the barrel nappy delivery 02   Roll out the barrel nappy delivery 03
Visiting the patients at the War Memorial Hospital's breakfast club with Gosport ASDA's
Community champion and Gosprotarian Rache Webber, we noticed that their TV was not working, and on asking, was told that it had been broken for months but there were no funds to replace it. We decided to buy one to replace it, but first wanted to appeal through Facebook to the public for donations. Imagine my delight when not one but 5 TV's were offered, including a brand new one donated by  Nathan Williamson of delotas.com
War Memorial new TV's 01
War Memorial new TV's 02   War Memorial new TV's 03
The War Memorial then asked for replacement chairs for their dining room, which we sourced thanks to Rowner Junior School
War Memorial new chairs 01