Some of the charities we have contributed to over the years

November 2017
Red Kites 10th Anniversary Do

Celebrating our TENTH year Anniversary…with no bands, no raffle – exactly what it says on the flier !!

The lovely Emma Cox was the D.J. for the evening and we all had a fantastic evening – raising funds and awareness for our chosen charity.

All profits were donated to Oxfordshire Mind: www.oxfordshiremind.org.uk – an outstanding and happy sum of £550

Thank you everyone….for supporting us ♥

 

November 2015
Charity Cake Fest ♥ Worldwide Cancer Research

We chose to host a Charity Cake Fest on a Wednesday club night at The Falcon – in aid of Worldwide Cancer Research ♥

Following a fabulous suggestion from Red Kite Pauline, some of us baked (or rather attempted to bake) yummy scrummy cakes and divine biscuits 🙂 and help support Pauline’s Daughter, Amy – who is currently studying hard at Uni whilst also focusing on raising a LOT of money for this very worthwhile cause.

Should Amy be successful in her quest…there is an awesome adventure awaiting her…..drum roll please….she will be trekking to the top of Kilimanjaro !!! Inspiration for both her charity fundraising and to also help raise the profile of all cancer charities and research concerned….sadly, cancer can affect many of us in life – whether personally, or known to us from family and friends…but we thought it would be truly wonderful to assist Amy with her dedication in helping to make lives better, and perhaps find a cure….

Clicking on this link (or copy and paste to your web browser) will give you all the details and info:

https://k16cardiff.everydayhero.com/uk/amy-southern

Hello, I’m Amy. I’m a former pupil of Wallingford School in Oxfordshire and am now a student at Cardiff University.
In August 2016 I will be undertaking the challenge of a lifetime- climbing to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro. My fundraising target for this challenge is £3000, which will go to Worldwide Cancer Research to help them pay for the technology and resources required to find cures for all types of cancer, all over the world. This is an incredibly worthy cause that’s very close to my heart, and the money raised will one day ensure that no more lives are cut short by cancer. The current shocking statistic is that 1 in 2 of us will be affected by cancer at some point in our lifetime. With our help, Worldwide Cancer Research will be able to fund ground-breaking research to find new cures for cancer sooner. Please help me reach my fundraising target and allow me to raise awareness of this amazing charity by trekking to the top of the World’s highest free-standing peak! All donations are welcome, please give whatever you can 🙂

We had a massive amount of support and extremely kind donations….from our fabulous Falcon Landladies, Chrissie and Paula, all the bar staff, the Falcon regulars, our fellow Red Kites and other Scooter Buddies, work colleagues and good friends….we thank you ♥ the final total was a staggering £233.45 (which is a lot of cake – and generous donations, from lovely people)

The above link can still be accessed for some time yet….please take a look and have a good read – donations are hugely appreciated by Amy, and if you are unable to donate right now (pennies soon make pounds) please just take a moment to read, view the team updates and perhaps share….it’s for a great cause….thank you ☼

 

November 2015
End of Season Do 2015

This year, we are raising money for two heartfelt charities and in loving memory of Michele and Jean ♥ partners of two Red Kite club members; much loved, hugely missed and very sadly gone from our lives (but never forgotten). We are holding our End of Season Do at The Snooker Club in Thame and hoping that our charity raffle will raise awareness and funds for both Cransley House Hospice in Kettering and Diabetes U.K. – music and sounds will be provided by Dave and Mark ♪ ♪ and this year we have a band too (I know….exciting !!) they are called “Unusual Suspects” and we are going to ROCK the night away !! Celebrate with us and party the night away at the Snooker Club (Thame) on Saturday 28th November (Travel Lodge is nearby…if you fancy a sleepover) more updates/info on our Facebook Events page (go and have a little look…you know you wanna) or holler on our club Facebook page if you’d like to know more and check out Scootering Mag (events list) further info on both charities can be found here: www.cransleyhospice.org.uk/ and www.diabetes.org.uk/

Update: Both Cransley Hospice and Diabetes U.K. received a cheque each for £250 – huge thanks and continued love to everyone who helped support not only the Red Kites – but these two amazing charities also…we thank you xxx

November 2014
Children in Need

Pudsey Rocks!! Our Resident Red Kite Baker, Pauline – made us even more yummy cakes – this time, in aid of Children in Need ♥ we scoffed super delicious Pudsey Bear Cakes….shared and sold them to the locals in The Falcon on a Wednesday night…and raised a truly marvellous £50.00 (hurrah for Pudsey…and Bears…and Cakes!!) 😉

November 2014
Shay’s Miracle Fund

A cause extremely close to fellow Red Kite, Sandy – and we all agreed too, that both our St George’s Nite Do in April and our End of Season Bash in November, would raise funds for this well deserving little boy. We held our raffle in April (St George’s) and raised a stupendous £234.00 which also included £70.00 donated from our two lovely Landladies; Paula and Chris – who made and sold hot dogs on the night (thank you both ♥ and everybody who bought, tasted and indulged).  We were totally delighted to add a further £318.00 following our End of Season Do and raffle – massive thanks to everyone who attended and/or supported either or both events (hugs galore!!) Further thanks and hugs to our two club D.J.’s Mike and Dave ♪♪ ♪ who regularly get that dance floor pumping and stomping !!

“Shay’s Miracle Fund has been created to raise funds to secure the needs and future for a very special little boy called Shay Kenny, who has a condition called PVL (Periventricular leukomalacia), as well as cerebal palsy and epilepsy”  www.make-a-donation.org/charity/shay-s-miracle-fund

November 2013
Thomley Hall Centre & Air Ambulance

An unusual combination…but two charities who are equally deserving and were put forward by Red Kites at our AGM when discussing whom we wished to benefit from our fundraising this year ♥ Thomley Hall is a local centre that brings disabled people, their families, carers and friends together with experienced and nurturing staff.  Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance (TVACCA) probably needs no introduction whatsoever, and their work relies solely on charity fundraising within their local community – we raised a wholesome £600.00 at our End of Season Do and each charity received £300 each – with our love, thanks and total appreciation for all the good and rewarding work that they do…find both charities on google: www.thomley.org.uk/about-us and www.tvairambulance.org.uk

June 2013
Aimee’s ♥ Fund

https://www.justgiving.com/Laura-Varney2

Showing love and support ♥ always…..

In response to a fellow Scooterist and truly wonderful friend to the Kites; we wholeheartedly support and promote this cause – showing our on-going love and support to him and his entire family – for their deep loss…remembering Aimee and helping to raise money and recognition for a place where she worked, doing the job that she loved:

“Keech Hospice Care cares for adults living in Luton and South Beds and children from across Beds, Herts and MK. Our aim is to help patients enjoy the highest quality of life, while providing vital support for their family and friends throughout their loved one’s illness and in their bereavement”

November 2012
Thame Young Carers

Celebrating another End of Season Yearly Do, at our favourite party haunt (Thame Snooker Club) we chose to raise money from our charity raffle and donate to Thame Young Carers, who are based at Lord Williams School in Thame.  Support is given to pupils who are known to the school, whether they are caring for a parent or sibling (sometimes with the help of a professional carer) and who may have to juggle shopping, housework, cooking, errands, helping other siblings; all in addition to their own studies, whilst perhaps dealing and coping with illness or disability within the family.  It was a unanimous decision to show our genuine support to this group, who totally rely on charitable donations.  As well as receiving advice from the school, this young group also regularly meet and socialise together, often taking part in trips to the cinema and organised activities, such as paintballing.  We met the Headteacher and Group Counsellor in May the following year and handed over a cheque for £500 – some of the money was going towards a grand day out at Thorpe Park for the children – and we thought that was a pretty fab treat !!

April 2012
Thame Youth Memorial

Following a successful charity fund raising evening at the “Red Kites – St George’s Nite Bash” (once again held at The Falcon) we were able to donate £216.00 from the raffle proceeds towards the locally based Thame Youth Memorial Trust.

“Most people remember losing a friend or a classmate while at school and realise that the premature death of a young person has an impact beyond the family and is a loss to the whole community. In Thame and the surrounding villages we want to acknowledge those who died too young – every one gone before their time, before realising their potential in life, and before achieving their ambitions.” (taken directly from Thame Youth Memorial website) www.thameyouthmemorial.org

November 2011
Movember

The Red Kites and friends fully embraced (and endorsed) growing a tache and raising the profile and funds for Movember – Mo Bro’s and Mo Sista’s United ♥ with huge support and mahoosive love from our families and friends (far and wide) we all raised a staggering £3,203.00 (well done Mo’s) culminating in a fabulous End of Season Do @ The Snooker Club in Thame.  We massively appreciated all the other scooter clubs, solo riders and party peeps joining in with the fun, learning more about the charity and background…and spreading the word.  The boys lovingly tended and nurtured their growing tache’s throughout the month of November (with weekly photo shoot updates) and the girls sported sticky-on bright pink Mo Sista Tache’s on the night (oooh tickly !!) the guys were forced to wait until 1st December for a close shave encounter (although we think several cheated and missed a few sleeps!!)

“The Movember Foundation is a global charity committed to men living happier, healthier, longer lives. Since 2003, millions have joined the men’s health movement, raising £402 million and funding over 1,000 programmes focusing on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health and physical inactivity” copy/paste this link to find out more: https://uk.movember.com/

April 2011
Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association

A delayed cheque handover, following another fabulous evening celebrating St George’s Night @ The Falcon (last year) where we raised £253.70 through a raffle for SSAFA (Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association) this charity was specifically chosen by club members; due to personal family experience/reasons and wishing to support those of our fellow Kites and club members who are in the forces.  They do excellent work within this charity – giving life long support to our Forces, serving men and women, veterans and their families ♥ www.ssafa.org.uk

April 2011
Friends of Elm Park / Music in the Park

We held our St George’s Nite Bash at The Falcon in Thame (our home from home and weekly club meet place) and partied with the locals and friends ♪ ♪ raising £130.00 for “Friends of Elm Park” and donated our cheque at the Music in the Park Event (Thame) which took place at Elm Park 🙂 in May; having family fun, club frolics, lots of laughs and enjoying the sunshine ☼ dancing to the bands and displaying our scooters, alongside the Red Kites Stand/Marquee – “oh happy days….”

February 2011
Young Deaf Activities

This much cherished charity was mentioned by one of our members Andy, whose lovely Daughter is profoundly deaf and has received great support from this organisation.  Based in Stoke Mandeville, it provided an ideal scenic ride out and we met the team and some of the children too – who all enjoyed seeing the scoots and having a pose and photo moment – we handed over a cheque for £250.00 which had been raised from the charity raffle at our End of Season Do (held in November 2010) we had a great day out ☼ with lots of laughs and giggles – www.yda.org.uk/aboutus.html

May 2010
Special Care Baby Unit (Stoke Mandeville)

Known as SCBU in the early days, and now called NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) this cause was (and still remains) hugely close to Sam’s heart (and therefore…close to the Kites hearts too). Elland Gee was born extremely premature and received first rate health care from SCBU – who also offered the chance to use diddy baby clothes that could be borrowed (on loan) from the NICU clothing lending library.  Finding teeny tiny baby clothes can be really difficult – even more so, when they are not returned to the unit!  Enthusiastic and wonderfully caring Scooterists enjoyed the ride out and also bought and hand delivered much needed teensy weensy premature baby clothes.  It was such a fabulous response….that they filled up the clothing lending library – not once, but twice over !! Well done everyone ♥

November 2009
Meadowcroft Care Home

Meadowcroft Care Home was the Thame Mayor’s chosen charity this year, and on the basis of that, we decided to help support it too.  Incidentally, it was the very same year, that the Mayor thumbed a lift in Alberts side car for the Thame ☼ Carnival procession and he also happened to attend our End of Season Do (phone a friend moment….)

Meadowcroft is an elderly persons residential care home – for those residents of Thame, who can no longer live alone.  The home also offers respite for carers too, by taking in residents on a ad hoc basis.  A very worthy cause…

April 2009
St Tiggywinkles

This was Red Kites first “official” organised ride out with approx. 40 Scooterists heading over to this well known and local wildlife rescue centre – which is renowned in particular,  for it’s dedicated care and rescue for injured and poorly hedgehogs !! Helpful Scooter Folk took tins of dog food – which (if you didn’t know – already) is a tasty treat and delicacy in the Little Hog World – they love it !!