Report by Barbara Field-Holmes

Nelson’s Pride, the Bromley branch of the Foresters Friendly Society, have been busy raising funds for The CCT and recently presented a cheque for over £900 to Group Trustee, Barbara Field-Holmes at their Magic Afternoon, held at the Bromley Court Hotel on 2nd September.

Like other Foresters’ branches (known as Courts), Nelson’s Pride holds a number of social events throughout the year to raise funds for their chosen charity. Each year, all branches support the national charity, which is chosen by the High Chief Ranger (similar to a President). In addition, the Chief Ranger of each branch chooses his/her own local charity to support. Avril Ashford, Chief Ranger at Nelson’s Pride chose The Chartwell Cancer Trust, and has been busy raising funds from charity teas held at St Mary’s the Virgin church in Hayes Street, Hayes, through raffles and at the special events such as the Magic Afternoon in September.

Mike the magician kept members entertained with his James Bond magic show, demonstrating his skills with card tricks based on well-known James Bond books, ably assisted by ‘Miss Moneypenny’ (Avril). Members of the audience were also invited up to assist Mike. After the magic show April presented Barbara with the cheque and then everyone sat down to a scrumptious tea with sandwiches, cakes and scones with cream and jam. Proceeds from a raffle will be added to the next cheque to be presented to The CCT.

Avril Ashford commented, “The Foresters Friendly Society has been helping with family finances since 1834. Foresters are one of the few remaining friendly societies and as well as caring for and supporting their own members, they raise money for various local and national charities across the country. The national charity this year chosen by the High Chief Ranger is Action on Hearing Loss; last year nationally we raised in excess of £68,000 for the Air Ambulance. Previous charities we have supported as a Society have been Canine Partners, Barnardo’s, Alzheimer’s, Guide Dogs for the Blind and many more. “It gives me great pleasure to present The Chartwell Cancer Trust with a cheque for £937.10, which is money we have raised over the past two years.”