Fundraising support brings CHEER to local charity

With help from Central Surrey Voluntary Action’s (CSVA) Funding and Sustainability Advisor, Beverly Mann, local charity CHEER was able to find the funding they needed to ensure the survival of a local Parkinson’s support group.

As Funding and Sustainability Advisor - a post jointly funded by Walton Charity and Elmbridge Borough Council – Beverly's role is to help voluntary and community sector organisations in Elmbridge with fundraising applications, business plans and other fundraising guidance.

The local Parkinson’s group, run by CHEER, provides vital support to those with Parkinson’s and their carers. The group is independent of Parkinson’s UK and without more funding, its future was under threat. Support from CSVA helped CHEER to prepare and submit successful applications for nearly £65,000 of grant funding, which included grants for CHEER’s projects aimed at connecting people and grants for the Parkinson’s Group.

Participants in this image are taking part in chair based exercises

Janis Fletcher, Trustee of CHEER, says “CHEER is a small charity, and we rely on part-time staff and volunteers (including trustees). Beverly has been a great help to us. Her support and advice, the funding surgeries she has organised, and the monthly funding newsletters have all helped to improve our fundraising knowledge and skills.

“We are delighted that the grants we have been awarded will help CHEER to make a difference to the lives of older people in Elmbridge and to continue our vital work to improve their health and wellbeing. Our befriending and social events services, help and advice with benefits claims, the CHEER Parkinson’s Group, as well as our “connections” projects will reduce loneliness and isolation, alleviate financial hardship and support older people to live happy and fulfilling lives in their own homes.”

If you are working for a local Elmbridge voluntary organisation and would like advice or support with a funding application, please contact Beverly Mann -

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