Happy Silver Anniversary To Epsom Canine Rescue

On 25th May, Epsom Canine Rescue will celebrate their 25th anniversary. Their principal role is the rescue and re-homing of unwanted dogs in the local area, homing between 40 and 60 per year.  

As a small rescue charity, they are often contacted to take elderly dogs or those suffering from a medical condition which require long term fostering and lifetime financial support, and currently have six in their care.

All activities are carried out on a purely voluntary basis and financed solely by self-generated funds, sponsorship of one of their elderly dogs and donated contributions with work being carried out by handful of dedicated volunteers in their spare time. Of course, fundraising is very difficult at present, with all this summer’s fundraising events unable to take place.

Epsom Canine Rescue have been running online events and even a virtual dog show but would really appreciate any help you can give. Donations of food or toys can be made to volunteers in Epsom Downs or Bletchingley and they have a JustGiving page CLICK HERE

You can also get updates on their website at www.epsomcaninerescue.co.uk or you can follow them on their Facebook page



THIS January, everyone is invited to Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life in Epsom.  The charity’s much-loved events are returning to the town but are no longer restricted to female participants.

This means everybody can be part of the empowering Race for Life movement – and show support for the 33,800 people diagnosed with cancer every year in Greater London.

Anyone who signs up in January can claim a special 30% off the entry fee* by using the code RFLJAN30.

The Race for Life events take place at Epsom Downs on Sunday, June 21 and are open to people of all ages and abilities.

Sarah Parker, Cancer Research UK’s Event Manager for Epsom, said: “This year, our Race for Life events are open to everyone.

“We’re sending a heart-felt message to anybody who’s thought about signing up in the past but for one reason or another hasn’t got round to it.  This is your year – please seize the opportunity to register in January and become part of the Race for Life community. 

She added: “Our events are fun, colourful, emotional and uplifting. Participants take part at their own pace – taking as much time as they like to complete the course. For some people, the Race for Life is literally a walk in the park.  For others, it’s a jog or a run.

“Although ‘Race’ features in the name, our events are not competitive. Instead, ‘the Race for Life’ is about our doctors, nurses and scientists working as hard and fast as possible to help more people survive.”

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is an inspiring series of 5k and 10k events which raise millions of pounds every year to help beat cancer by funding crucial research.

Sarah continued: “This January, we’re urging mums, dads, nans, grandpas, brothers, sisters, friends and workmates to show their support by joining the Race for Life.  It’s a perfect example of everyday people doing an extraordinary thing – uniting in a common cause to beat cancer.”

Cancer Research UK receives no Government funding for its ground-breaking research.

That’s why money raised through the Race for Life events is vital. It funds world-class research to help beat 200 types of cancer – including bowel cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer, testicular cancer, brain cancer, children’s cancers and leukaemia.

Sarah said: “The Race for Life is a powerful, inspirational movement which unites participants in Epsom with people across the South East and the whole of the UK.

“People get together and remember loved ones lost or celebrate the lives of those who have survived.  At the same time, they are helping to make a difference to people with the disease, right now.

“Please go to the Race for Life website, choose an event, and sign up today.”

To enter, visit raceforlife.org

Christmas All Wrapped Up

This Christmas local charity The Sunnybank Trust will be in The Ashley Centre Epsom offering their popular gift wrapping service to shoppers.

 From 14th to 24th December visitors can have their gifts beautifully wrapped in a choice of paper and decorations for a small donation to the charity.  But the charity does need the public’s help.

Dorothy Watson of The Sunnybank Trust said: “This Christmas, The Sunnybank Trust is thrilled to be back at the Ashley Centre providing a gift wrapping service. With the support of the Ashley Centre and Barclays Bank we are hoping to raise much needed funds in order to support those with learning disabilities who are so vulnerable in our community. You can help by donating gift wrapping, using the wrapping service or volunteering your time at Christmas. If you can help please contact us on 01372 732374.”

 If anyone can donate gift wrap, bows or ribbon they would be gratefully received. Please can these be left for The Sunnybank Trust at Quest in The Ashley Centre.

For more information about The Ashley Centre and all the latest events, please “like us” on Facebook (facebook.com/theashleycentre), follow us on twitter (@ashley_centre) or visit our website (theashleycentre.co.uk)

Local man cycles length of Britain , 5000 miles

TheTouristDog has cycled the whole of the UK coast. (excluding Ireland). Approx. 5000 miles. The ride began and ended in Selsey.  The tour began on June 2nd 2019 and concluded on World Mental Health Day 10th of October.

Lewis Stephens is The Tourist Dog, a lovable determined underdog with a mission to cycle the UK coastline. Since starting the tour Lewis has become a cult internet figure with an extremely dedicated fanbase, the trip has become about uniting people and has grown far further than a heroic charity challenge.

Lewis organically gained (there has been no press or marketing budget) approx. 800 approx. Facebook followers (up to 45,000 reach, 20,000 engagements per week), and 440 approx. Instagram followers. He was interviewed by many news-papers, featured on lots of live radio (including BBC regional), he is supported by his bike brand Claud Butler and was chosen charity for the tour- CALM. Lewis became an unusual British icon being stopped in the street by people who’ve seen him online or in the press; loved wherever he goes for his quirky British humour and openness. The messages we get from fans who meet Lewis are truly humbling.

Lewis also talked about mental health and the pressures of growing up to 100 teenagers on the NCS programme whilst on the tour, which was one of his personal highlights of the tour. One of Lewis biggest aims is to connect with people and to share support and experiences; in Fort William he learned of and was welcomed to meet a men’s mental health group which was set up by someone who had lost a friend to suicide.

Originally Lewis was cycled 50 miles a day and living on £5 per day relying on the kindness of strangers. Lewis believes in the spirit of community and gives back wherever he can. When Lewis was hosted for a weekend in Newquay by restaurant Reefs Lewis insisted on volunteering as a pot-wash to ‘pay’ for his stay.

The trip evolved and in Scotland his challenge was to live for £20 for 20 days which captured the public’s imagination; we got offers as incredible as army ration packs, lots of free accommodation and even people who cycled some of the route with him! Lewis wanted to set this challenge to make himself vulnerable and to really highlight that when you need help you have to reach out to people; thankfully people delighted in this and he completed the challenge. Organically the turned into #randomactsofkindness where Lewis is being shared all over social media and people now contact

desperate to be part of the journey. Lewis’ fans recently convinced 5 star hotel The Orange Tree, Thornham to host him free.

We reached a position where kindly we are being donated items to give away as prizes, we did a like and share competi-tion with a luxury Lindores Abbey Distillery Whisky bottle and Lewis fans were asking to buy t-shirts which we sold to celebrate the tour and 100% of profits were donated.

We had to ask The Tourist Dog; Why CALM?

“CALM fit perfectly with me due everyday experiences of not only my own thoughts but the blatant negative emotion written on the psyche of others. Most alarmingly the on the faces of men who seem to want to ignore it as much as possible. With an ever-growing rise in the aid of machines to support us many of us are becoming reliant of something else to find us a level of calm can only take you so far…”

“I’ve had close friends whose family members have had their own struggles due to problems that arise through no fault

of their own and at times I’ve experienced the same emotions. I feel that by looking for alternate ways of dealing with problems there are ways to overcome this issue. CALM for me personally is the perfect charity to make the first steps to that change.”

And…Why the UK bike tour:

“It wasn’t planned, it stemmed from a book I found in France, I read it and said I was going to do it. I had no idea how the journey would develop, but physically and metaphorically I’m along for the ride.”

The journey:

“It’s mad to think how this journey has developed from a small idea into something that has changed and touched the lives of everyone involved in some way… All this has come from an idea, a 60 year old bike and a positive use demonstration of how we can use media now to inspire a different world.”

“When people tell me that I’ve inspired them, they talk to me about their stories/mental health journey’s or keep messaging/commenting weeks after meeting them it makes me realise what an impact I’m having on people. I’m grateful to support people’s life journey any way I can.”

About CALM: Registered charity England and Wales (1110621) and in Scotland (SC044347)

• In 2015, 75% of all suicides in the UK were male. Suicide is the single biggest killer of men aged under-45 in the UK (NISRA, GRO, ONS, 2015).

• Founded in 2006, CALM is an award-winning charity dedicated to preventing male suicide. CALM’s helpline & webchat are open daily 5pm-midnight.

Justgiving: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/thetouristdog

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheTouristDog-2003344643296735/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thetouristdog_/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAfTsLvBBO7fN5J8dsyc8Yg

Twitter: https://twitter.com/thetouristdog

The Rotary Club Of Epsom Presents Cheque To My Time For Young Carers

On the 6th November at the United Reform Church of Ewell the Rotary Club of Epsom presented a cheque for £2,697.50p to My Time for Young Carers, which is part of the Epsom Branch of Soroptimists International.

Ronnie Smith, president of Epsom Rotary Club, is pictured handing over the cheque to Nichola Walsh, who received it on behalf of My Time for Young Carers. Ronnie said that the funds were raised during a very enjoyable fund raising afternoon last September at the Epsom Club. She was delighted to hand over the cheque to My Time for Young Carers who, she said, do so much important work for young carers in the Epsom and Ewell area. 

After receiving the cheque on behalf of My Time for Young Carers, Nichola said:

“We work to give young carers a chance to have fun and be ‘care free’ for a while. In 2012 when My Time for Young Carers was launched eight young people came along supported by ten volunteers. In 2018 there were eighty plus members attending clubs in four locations, supported by forty volunteers. The funds raised by the Epsom Rotary Club will make a real difference to these young people and on their behalf I thank Epsom Rotary Club for their generous support”. The Mayor and Mayoress of Epsom and Ewell also attended.

If you want more information about these organisations please visit:

Epsom Rotary Club at www.rotary-ribi.org

My Time For  Young Carers www.mytime4youngcarers.org

Epsom Soroptimists International www.sigbi.org/epsom-and-district