Here are some examples of how we’ve helped the community
Ascot Volunteer Bureau
Ascot Volunteer Bureau is a small local charity which is based in South Ascot. Their primary objective is to provide transport for the older residents of Ascot, Sunninghill and Sunningdale to medical appointments.
Their other objective, is to provide a limited number of ‘lifelines’ to any elderly individuals who require them but would struggle to pay for them. A lifeline is a personal alarm system which allows an elderly person to seek help if they have a fall or feel unwell.
Over the last year the team of 5 office volunteers and 35 driver volunteers provided over 600 travel jobs and 5 ‘lifeline’ alarms.
AVB relies almost totally on donations from local sources to cover its operating costs. The Sunninghill Trust recognises AVB’s valuable work in the local community and has supported them for many years now.
The Ascot District Day Centre
The Ascot District Day Centre is situated on the Bagshot Road at the end of Sunninghill High Street and was founded in 1978. It is a non government funded charity that relies on grants and charitable donations.
The Centre has a staff of 6, and on weekdays, it opens its doors to the over 60’s. Weekday visitors enjoy morning coffee, a two course lunch and afternoon tea as well as a variety of activities such as tai chi, carpet bowls and sing-alongs. On Saturdays, the centre offers a quieter day when qualified nursing care is available for those requiring extra medical attention, thereby offering carers the opportunity to have a day to themselves.
Amongst the services on offer are hairdressing, chiropody, a prescription collection service and a fully equipped bathroom with a hoist, for those requiring assisted bathing. For members who have difficulty in attending, a meals on wheels service operates which is particularly vital in the cold winter months.
The Centre’s own minibuses (which are equipped with tail lifts) are used to take members to and from their homes in the local area.
Once a week the Centre provides a venue for the CAB to provide an outreach service which is open to everyone in the community, and it regularly opens its doors to the thriving local Brownies and Guides Troops when they need extra space.
The Sunninghill Trust provides funding on a regular basis to ensure this valuable local resource can continue its work at the heart of the community.
In the last year, Thames Hospicecare has supported over 30 people and their families living in Ascot, Sunninghill and Sunningdale. Their primary objective is to work with individuals and families struggling with life changing illness, to get the help that they need , when they need it most.
The services they provide include day support community services to maintain independence at home, a ‘Hospice at Home’ team to support families and enable patients to remain at home during their final days, and an In-Patient Unit at Windsor, offering the highest standard of care in a calm and unhurried patient and family focussed atmosphere.
The Sunninghill Trust is pleased to support this very special charity, helping families receive the best possible care, free of charge, at a time when it is most needed.
Zakk is a dear little boy with a very engaging smile who was sadly born with serious medical condition resulting in limited control of his limbs, breathing difficulties and poor eyesight. He is the youngest of three children and his family works hard to give all the children the care and attention they need whilst caring for Zakk at home.
The Sunninghill Trust was pleased to provide a grant to fund a course of specialised physiotherapy to supplement his ongoing medical care and to assist the funding of a new bedroom/bathroom.