Advent Calendar Day 24

It’s Christmas Eve and the last day of our Advent Calendar. For day 24 we will be donating £150 to Operation Smile. 

Operation Smile was founded in 1982 when Dr. William (Bill) P. Magee, Jr., a plastic surgeon, and his wife, Kathleen (Kathy), a nurse and clinical social worker, travelled to the Philippines with a group of medical volunteers to repair children’s cleft lips and cleft palates.

What they found was overwhelming. “People pushed their babies at us,” recalls Kathy. “They tugged at our sleeves with tears in their eyes and begged us to help their children.” In Naga City, approximately 300 families arrived hoping their children would receive surgery, but the team could only treat 40 children. As they prepared to leave, the Magees made a promise they would return to help more children. Continue reading more on the Operation Smile website.

Advent Calendar Day 23

For day 23 of our Advent Calendar, we will be making a donation of £250 to the mental health charity Young Minds.

From their website:- We’re leading the fight for a future where all young minds are supported and empowered, whatever the challenges. We’re here to make sure they get the best possible mental health support and have the resilience to overcome life’s difficulties.

The crisis in children and young people’s mental health is real and it is urgent. More children and young people than ever before are reaching out for help with their mental health. But for those who take that brave step, help is much too hard to find.

Together, we are changing this. We’re fighting for young people’s mental health. Join our fight.

Advent Calendar Day 22

Day 22 of our Advent Calendar and we are revisiting a Rotary inspired project. The Rotary Club of Stowmarket Gipping Valley launched the Fire Alert Project in 2013 as a result of local fire services coming under extreme financial pressures. As a result, fire prevention services, including the supply of smoke alarms, are having to be cut back. With the help of local Rotary Clubs we can now re-instate this service.

We will be donating £200 to this project to buy smoke alarms and help save the lives of vulnerable residents. These smoke alarms will be fitted by Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service.

Advent Calendar Day 21

For day 21 of our Advent Calendar, we will be making a donation of £100 to a charity that we all associate with Christmas but does wonderful work throughout the year. The Salvation Army.The Salvation Army is a worldwide Christian church and registered charity.

From their website:- The United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland is part of the wider international Salvation Army, which is at work in 128 countries, demonstrating Christian principles through practical support; offering unconditional friendship, and very practical help to people of all ages, backgrounds and needs.

Our message is based on the Bible; our motivation is the love of God as revealed in Jesus Christ, which can transform people’s lives and change them for the better.

We believe that people consist of body, mind and soul, which means that they have both social, physical and spiritual needs. Our services are offered unconditionally to people of all faiths and none.

Inspired by our faith, we help individuals to develop and grow in their personal relationship with God and engage in a programme of practical action to serve the community, to help those who are suffering and in need, and to speak out against social injustice. 

Advent Calendar Day 20

It’s day 20 of our Advent Calendar and we will be helping a charity that is new to us, Conquest Art. We will be donating £100 to the Halesworth group to help them continue the good work they do. They meet at the United Reform Church in Halesworth every Wednesday.


From their website – We aim to help people who live with a disability or long-term illness by providing Conquest Art groups around the country and encouraging many more people to come and join us.  Our group members find fulfilment through joining in, whatever their level of ability and disability, and experience a sense of achievement and satisfaction from exhibiting their artwork.

Everyone is encouraged to create from their imagination, develop their own style and work at their own pace in a friendly, non-competitive atmosphere,   This is important, as a person’s disability can sometimes affect their level of creativity but many who initially doubt their abilities are surprised at the results they achieve.

Using our simple methods, newcomers can soon get that first line or image on the page.  From there they can develop their skills and try new ideas with help from the team volunteers.  For members with particular needs we can provide specialist equipment such as head pointers, scented pens for the visually impaired or specially adjusted easels.

Advent Calendar Day 17

Day 17 of our Advent Calendar. Lucky Ncube is a student in Zimbabwe that we have been supporting through his studies. Through the charity Phumuza – Share the Load we have followed and supported his progress at Lubuze Primary and Avoca Secondary schools. He is now a boarder at Deziki High School where he has taken his A-level exams. Although Lucky has completed his studies, the club will be making a donation of £100 to help other students through the work that Phumuza does.

Phumuza – Share the Load is a Zimbabwean based registered Charity,  set up to provide:

  • Vulnerable children with schooling assistance and other basic needs.
  • To provide psychological support to vulnerable children at Insiza District in Matabeleland South / Zimbabwe.

‘Phumuza’ means ‘to ease the burden’ or ‘to share the load’.

Together we give priority to health, education and reconstruction projects based on the principle of self-help. We try not to run projects but give support to local initiatives, small and large. People all over the world can now can now play role in Zimbabwe by supporting these vulnerable children to gain the skills they need to build their country.

“And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. The strongest bond of human sympathy outside the family relation should be one uniting working people of all nations and tongues and kindreds.” – Abraham Lincoln

Founders – Sukoluhle Togwe-Bailey, Amina Hughes, Chenketai Mano and Tabirai Naze Hove –  are supporting many schools and projects in the region.

The main task this coming year is to raise money for the schools and the orphans already being supported by Phumuza.

Advent Calendar Day 16

For day 16 of our Advent Calendar, we will be donating £150 to Sightsavers.

Sightsavers work to eliminate avoidable blindness and promote the rights of people with disabilities. 

Sightsavers’ vision is of a world where no one is blind from avoidable causes and where people with disabilities participate equally in society.

Advent Calendar Day 15

For the 15th Day of our Advent Calendar our members will be holding our annual collection for the Halesworth Dementia Carers at the Rainbow supermarket in Halesworth. Come along and say hello.

Halesworth dementia Carers’ Fund is a local Community Organisation supporting people living with dementia and their carers and their families.

Our coverage is Halesworth town and surrounding villages which is the same area covered by the Cutlers Hill Surgery.

We fund raise by holding raffles, stalls at fetes and other events, carried out by volunteer helpers; and thanks to the generosity of ‘The CUT’ – special matinee film viewings.

The money raised goes towards paying for high quality replacement care, transport and other support, for people with dementia, their carers and their families.