Your entry will support the following local charities:
The Brett Foundation
Despite the obvious wealth in our area, there are also a surprisingly large number of people for whom life is very hard indeed. The Brett Foundation is a Maidenhead-based not for profit charity, supporting the homeless and families living in poverty or who have fallen on hard times. The foundation provides temporary shelter for homeless people and provide homeless packs which contain items to make living on the streets more bearable.
Working with its sister charity Foodshare (co-founded by Susan Brett in 2010), the charity also provides food for those who can't afford to eat every day, and provides hot meals each week for the homeless, isolated, disadvantaged or elderly.
Elizabeth House - Cookham Day Centre
Cookham Day Centre was the brainchild of Elisabeth Sanders, who raised the money to buy and refurbish the house in the late 1970's. The house had originally been the Police Station and the gate to the cells is now on display on the ground floor of the building.
The building was opened as a Day Centre at the beginning of the 1980's having been refurbished using money raised by the people of Cookham and was opened by Richard Baker.
In 2008 a major refurbishment was undertaken and Elizabeth House was extended. Apart from being a Day Centre for older people, it now acts as an art gallery for local artists and offers lots of activities for friends and residents, including theatre visits and even a Nintendo Wii if you fancy a game of tennis.
Longridge helps young people from all walks of life and abilities to develop water skills as well as leadership, self-discipline, confidence and respect. Run by a team of enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers and paid staff, each year it runs a large number of courses ranging from beginner skills right through to advanced coaching and instruction. 85,000 young people visit its world-class facilities each year including schools and youth groups, individuals and corporate clients.
Maidenhead Waterways Restoration Group
Maidenhead Waterways Restoration Group is a charity set up by the people of Maidenhead for the town of Maidenhead, to restore and enlarge the old waterways that run through Maidenhead town centre. The project is one of the key elements of the Royal Borough's adopted Area Action Plan to rejuvenate and grow Maidenhead town centre.