The Phyllis Court Charity Action Group (CAG) announced at their AGM on Tuesday that they had raised an astonishing £35,000 in 2017, breaking previous years’ records by a significant margin.
The Charity Action Group presented cheques for £17,500 each to the two recipient charities of 2017: Ruth Dunkin, Head of Community Events, from Thames Valley Air Ambulance, and Julia Phillipson, Community Fundraiser, from the Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice.
Diana Pearman who chairs the CAG said, “Success breeds success. We have raised the profile of our efforts on behalf of Phyllis Court, which means more members have joined our group, thereby raising more money for these very worthy charitable causes. My special thanks to everyone at Phyllis Court and within the CAG for everything they do and for all their support.
Ruth Dunkin from The Thames Valley Air Ambulance said, “It has been fabulous to have been involved with the Charity Action Group this year. We are very grateful to everyone at Phyllis Court for this cheque. It will assist greatly in the lifesaving work we carry out in the area.”
Fiona Devine from the Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice said, “I want to thank the Charity Action Group for raising this amazing amount of money. They have been a pleasure to work with. This money will go towards the opening of the daycare centre. In these uncertain times of political unrest, it is fantastic to see local people support local people. Thank you.”
The CAG was set up thirty years ago to manage the multiple requests for charitable donations that were frequently received by Phyllis Court Club. The charity’s constitution outlines the selection criteria, the most important of which is that the charities must be from within the three counties of Buckinghamshire, Berkshire or Oxfordshire.
The group runs a varied programme of events thoughout the year, with the full and active support of the Phyllis Court club. Alongside raffles, silent auctions and donations, the 2017 fundraising events included:
- First Cashmere end of season sale
- Chairman’s drinks in the Spring and at Christmas
- Pre-loved jewellery and scarf sale
- Tea Gowns and Tea time, which included a very tempting talk about cakes, kings and fashions of the 1930’s
- Quiz Night
- Shopping Extravaganza and Christmas Fair
- 70’s Evening
- Christmas Flower Decoration Demonstration
Looking ahead to 2018, the beneficiary charities will be
- Riverside Counselling, providing affordable help to adults and young people
- Thames Valley Adventure Playground for disabled children, and
- Carers Bucks, who are working with a new project for young adult carers at Henley college
After the cheque presentations and a glass of Prosecco, the Henley Music School provided a short and very enjoyable musical entertainment programme.