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.
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.
Rainforest Saver Foundation
The Rainforest Saver Foundation is a British-based charity with a mission to halt the destruction of the rainforest and alleviate poverty by providing an alternative to 'slash and burn' farming. It supports work on projects in Cameroon, Ecuador, and Honduras to relieve poverty among subsistence farmers by promoting the Inga alley cropping technique.
This is a sustainable form of agriculture that builds rather than destroying soil fertility, allowing farmers to get better harvests and to farm in one location without having to continually burn more and more of the rainforest to find land that is fertile enough to grow crops.