Direct Line Group Digital Team to support The CCT for 2019

We are delighted that the Direct Line Group Digital Team have chosen to support The CCT for 2019. Back in July, two members of the Digital Team, Dan and Deepak took part in our team tandem skydive, along with other team members who were spectating. Digital Operations Manager, Chloe Hayward, decided there and then to get more involved. She invited The CCT’s Michelle Simpson to the DLGDT office to meet and talk to the whole department and to come up with ideas and a plan for the forthcoming year. On Thursday 18th October, they held their first fundraising event, which was a prosecco evening and quiz night. It was great fun and put everyone in the fundraising mood. Since then, they organised an ‘Afternoon tea’ cake sale on 12th December. It was a wonderful opportunity for us to demonstrate the ‘No Isolation’ robots. Some of the team also volunteered their time to help at the gift wrapping charity event in The Glades Shopping Centre, Bromley. The Group also sponsored the Childhood Cancer Support Group’s Christmas party and pantomime in December. We very much look forward to working with the DLG Digital Team in 2019 and to learn what fundraising plans they have coming up next.


CCT Supporters of the Year, The Gresham Artisans Golf Club held their Captain’s Charity Invitation Day on Friday 31st August. Members invited guests to join them for an 18 hole Stableford Competition with special prizes for ‘nearest the pin’ on two holes and the top 3 placed teams. This was followed by drinks and a BBQ with a raffle and auction for the chance to win an array of great prizes generously donated by members and local businesses. The whole day raised a wonderful £3,500.


On Sunday 14th October, Sci-Fi, Bromley came to town and we were delighted to have been picked as their chosen charity. The Civic Centre and the Great Hall were transformed into a magical world of science fiction and cosplay. There were various exhibits and replicas including a life sized Tardis and Daleks, with many other collectibles on display and for sale. It was great to see our good friends from Warboar Games exhibiting on the main stage. There was also a Star Wars Jedi Fight camp, an ET attraction and several actors, writers and illustrators from the various films and television shows, who were signing autographs and having their photos taken.

Bromley was the birthplace of H.G Wells, the ‘father of sci fi’, he kick-started the genre by pioneering the early stories of Time Machines. He was born at Atlas House in Market Square 152 years ago and there was an exhibition celebrating his incredible work. The Mayor of Bromley, Councillor Kim Botting officially opened the event and gave The CCT a very warm welcome, which was followed by a special introduction from Nicky Barclay from Talking Box Events. Thank you to Nicky and Emma Barclay for supporting us this year and to our amazing team of volunteers for bucket collecting throughout the day and in The Glades where they were trooping the UK Garrison.

Thank you to Karl Taylor of Andrew Reeves Letting, Beckenham for organising a Halloween Fright Night on 27 October. We were also Andrew Reeves, Bairstow Eves and Mann, and Countrywide brands chosen charity at their Awards Ceremony on 21 January at Bromley Court Hotel. Thank you for organising a raffle in aid of The CCT.



Thank you so much to Valley Primary School for supporting The CCT as their chosen charity for the forthcoming academic school year. The school is also challenging the current Guinness World Record for the ‘Longest Line of Pom Poms’! The current official record is 29,312 and they have to make in excess of 30,000 to beat it, and they have until July to do it. Valley Primary School, secretary of the school’s PTA, Charlotte English came up with the pom pom idea. She said: “Whilst challenging this World Record, we will be working closely with the school’s chosen charity of the year The Chartwell Cancer Trust. We have some fun and exciting events coming up where you can help us make the pom poms as well as find out more about the charity.” Their pom pom making got off to a great start at the school’s Christmas Fair on Saturday 8th December. They had a giant pom pom Snowman on display and a stall where you could learn how to make them. The CCT was delighted to attend and join in the fun. Valley School also held a Christmas jumper day which included a pom pom making competition. The CCT’s Michelle Simpson was invited along to the school’s Christingle assembly to announce the class winners and give out prizes. Michelle was also presented with a wonderful cheque for just over £1,000 from the school’s fundraising so far. The school’s pom pom total currently stands at around 8,000, so over 25% of the way there already! Well done everyone! There will be various pom pom making events coming up around the local community. On the 18th and 19th February, during half-term, Valley Primary School will be holding pom pom community masterclasses in The Glades, Bromley between 10am and 4pm and similar classes during the Easter Break. Everyone of all ages are welcome! The School would be grateful for any contributions of pom poms or balls of wool to help them reach their record. We wish Valley Primary School lots of luck! More information can be found on their Facebook Page Valley Primary School – Guinness World Record Challenge.


Thank you to Jaguar Enthusiast’s Club Kent Region for organising a superb Christmas Dinner and Dance on Friday 14th December, as part of their annual support. Geoff and Lesley Waterman, once more, generously opened the doors to their home to host a ‘60’s’ themed party. It was a fantastic evening of song and dance and a wonderful conclusion to the JEC’s support for 2018. The evening raised an amazing £5,200, thanks to the generosity of everyone who attended. In the summer, the JEC organised a Summer Garden Party and Barbeque which also raised £5,000 making a grand total of £10,200. An amazing achievement! We are also delighted that at the JEC’s AGM in November, they unanimously decided to continue their support for The CCT for 2019. This is fantastic news and we look forward to working with our friends again for a further year.