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Started in July 1995 Committee of FOUR:-
Moira Broom
Pat Devito French
Elizabeth Wade
Carol Woolner

The charity then was called Cancer Relief Macmillan Fund, and we were fund raising specifically for the Macmillan extension and garden at Meadow House Hospice, Ealing.

First Committee Event - Recital in Carol's drawing Room of Liz's music pupils, given for their parents to pay for the privilege of hearing them. That event raised £107.00.

The Coffee morning in September 1995 raised £244.66.

Second Committee Event - An Evening of Wine & Music (November 1995) in the Drawing Room of musical neighbours who performed and organised others. That raised £205.00.

First 'Major Event' - Leap Year's Day Gala Dinner - Black Tie Dinner in the old Church Hall of St Michael and All Angels, Bedford Park on 29th February (of course) 1996, which raised £1,857.02.

Since those early fund-raising events we now have an annual Chiswick Garden Party, bi-annual Tennis Tournaments, a pre-Lent Soup Kitchen and the World's Biggest Coffee Morning, around which we programme Supper Quizzes, Themed Dinners (Indian and Mexican so far), Concerts, Talks about gardening, Bridge Evenings with Supper, a Golf Tournament and now, what looks like continuing to be an annual event The Macmillan Plant Fair. Individuals have also cycled Scottish hills, abseiled in West Ham and walked the Thames towpath.

 

In 2010 the Plant Fair raised over £7,000 and the Garden Party nearly £8,000.

We have grown - the committee is now 12, and that is reflected in the amount we now raise: the generosity of the committee and time they give (they cook and donate all the food and canapés!) is supplemented by the Raffle and Auction Prizes they beg, steal and donate. Without that generosity we could not persuade others to be generous too.

Our two aims are:-
to give pleasure and value to our supporters - we rarely ask for donations without offering entertainment with hospitality, and
to ensure that the money we raise goes to local Macmillan services. In the year 2011-2012 we are sponsoring the training of a Neuro Oncology clinical nurse specialist, working within the Imperial College Trust, who, though based at St Mary's Hospital, will cover Charing Cross, Hammersmith and Queen Charlotte's Hospitals.

Committee today:- Libby Balch, Moira Broom, Indi de Silva, Pat Devito French, Sue Hagon, Frances Hall, Vivienne Pringle, Sarah Radcliffe, Liz Rigden, Jacky Taylor, Sara Turnbull, Carol Woolner (Note: all husbands are automatically co-opted).

         
         
Macmillan Cancer Support, registered charity in England and Wales (261017), Scotland (SCO39907) and the Isle of Man (604).