TWOAT’s Annual Social Meeting (ASM) 11/10/2014 & Future Dates

Tadworth & Walton Overseas Aid Trust

Registered Charity No 286076    

Annual Social Meeting (ASM)

TWOAT’s ASM was held on the evening of Saturday 11th October in St John’s Hall, which had been provided for the charity at no charge by the church.  Just over 50 friends and supporters of TWOAT enjoyed a fine meal of Lancashire Hotpot together with an excellent presentation by Peter Trenier from Westcott talking about the charitable project, Papua Partners, run by his daughter and her husband in a remote and very impoverished area of Indonesia.  With very few resources the couple had built up an organisation in Papua that was now helping to improve the lives of around 200,000 people.  Peter’s presentation was supported by Anna Kemkers. She described how TWOAT’s financial support had been used for the last few years to fund the costs of Yepina.  She is a native Papuan whom the project originally found working as a village midwife.  She is now one of their most significant health workers and has developed from being rather a shy person to someone who was recently flown to Australia to address a gathering of development professionals about the problems faced by Papuans which include AIDs, TB and malaria.

Sam Stevenson, a Walton resident, described her work in Africa with another project supported by TWOAT, “Cricket without Boundaries”. This combines cricket coaching with AIDS awareness for young people in Botswana and other countries.

Those present were so moved by the presentations that over £1,000 was donated to help TWOAT support Papua Partners and other projects.  Earlier when the TWOAT Treasurer, John Tedder, reported the 2012/13 financial results, he noted that the charity had benefitted from a significant increase in Gift Aid income.  This was because the Government now allows small charities such as TWOAT to claim Gift Aid on donations from things such as bucket collections where the individual donor has not had to be specifically identified as a UK tax payer.  Thus TWOAT will be able to claim 25% additional funds from the Government for the cash left in collecting baskets at the ASM.

In a report on TWOAT’s activities through the year Chairman Mike Fox noted in particular the successful new Fashion Show which had taken place in March.  This had raised over £1400 as well as introducing many new potential supporters to TWOAT. Next year’s Fashion Show will be held on Monday Oct 5th 2015 and will be aimed at Autumn and Winter Fashions.

Mike Fox noted that the next event will be Sing Carols in Christchurch Hall, Walton with a choir from Walton Primary School which will take place in December.  The date for this has now been confirmed as Tuesday, 2nd December starting at 6.30 pm.

We will also be singing Carols in the streets and pubs of Walton on Thursday, 18th December starting at 7.00 pm from St Peter’s Church gate.

Dates in 2015 are:

Quiz Evening Tuesday 17th February in Christchurch Hall doors open 7.15pm.

We will be selling Tea & Cake in the garden at 41 Shelvers Way when Keith & Elizabeth Lewis have their Open Garden as part of the National Garden Scheme on Sundays April 19th and July 19th.

Chairman’s Message from our Newsletter published in September 2014

Chairman’s Message from our Newsletter published in September 2014

Full details of our income and expenditure will be given at our Annual Social Meeting (ASM) on October 11th. However, we would like to record that during the last 12 months we have been very generously supported by a number of local organisations including various church groups, Walton May Fayre and Walton Primary School.

One of the committee’s most important objectives for this year was to try to spread awareness of TWOAT and its activities particularly amongst younger age groups. The main action we took to achieve this was to collaborate with Travelling Trends in staging a fashion show at the Riddell Hall. This proved to be a great success from a financial point of view with over £1,400 raised for our projects. Perhaps more importantly for the longer term, we managed to attract a good number of people for whom this was the first TWOAT event that they had attended. We will use the contact details that we collected both to inform them of our plans to hold another Show for autumn fashions in 2015 and to tell them about the projects we are supporting.

We would be very grateful if our supporters could also assist us in spreading the word about TWOAT. If you have neighbours or friends and relatives who might be interested in helping some of the most disadvantaged individuals or communities in the world, then please pass them a copy of this newsletter.

We have been enjoying continued success with another approach to fund raising whereby supporters of TWOAT, celebrating a special occasion, tell their family and friends that rather than a gift they would be happy for them to mark the occasion by making a donation to TWOAT. These monies can then be used to support one or more of our projects. Mike and Jenny Shaw adopted a novel approach for their Diamond Wedding when they paid the normal admission fees for all those who attended the Good Shepherd Parish Lunch nearest to their Anniversary date. Mike made a speech saying that he and Jenny did not need any Anniversary gifts but collection boxes were available for TWOAT and another charity to share anything those attending cared to donate. In fact rather more than the usual lunch admission fees was donated and TWOAT was very grateful for its share.

Our traditional fund raising has also had an excellent year with good results at Sing Carols in Christchurch Walton, our Bottle Stall at the Walton May Fayre, our two Sponsored Walks, two occasions when we sold teas in Keith and Elizabeth Lewis’ garden when they were opening it as part of the National Gardens’ Scheme, our street collection and our Quiz. Roger and Anna-Stina Ponsford kindly ran the Spit Roast event again in September that they have previously hosted for us and that rounded off a highly successful year generating nearly £700.

How to Donate to us

STOP PRESS

Please note that if you want to donate  to us then you can no longer use the online facility provided for us by Virgin Money Giving (VMG) as Virgin Money are no longer offering that service to charities after 30th November.

Other methods of donating to TWOAT include transferring money directly to our bank account or sending a cheque made out to TWOAT to our Treasurer Antony Hawker at The Holt, Alcocks Lane, KT20 6BB.  You can see how to download a Gift Aid and Standing Order form below – this form includes details of TWOAT’s bank account.  If you have not previously done so and you are a UK tax payer, it would be very helpful to us if you are able to complete the Gift Aid Declaration form and return it to Antony Hawker.  He can use your declaration to claim an additional 25% to be added to your donation by the UK government which is effectively refunding the taxes you have paid on the amount you have donated.   VMG’s services to charities have previously included processing Gift Aid claims on their behalf for the donations made via VMG.

 If you have not already given us a Gift Aid form please email Mike.Fox2@NTLWorld.com to obtain one or download our Gift Aid and standing Order form

STANDING ORDER AUTHORITY & Gift Aid 2020

The Charities Aid Foundation CAF acts as both a charity and a bank.  They can facilitate your charitable giving by claiming Gift Aid on your behalf and adding it to the funds that they hold for you before passing them to charities of your choice.   If you set up a CAF account then you can utilise their online facilities to donate directly to TWOAT.  For further details of CAF visit here:

https://www.cafonline.org/