Our Mission

Our Mission is to put on great events to benefit worthy causes and the community

The first Festival of Transport was initially organised by Dave Stallard and took place in 1999. Sir Ray Tindle met Dave when they both had operations for throat cancer performed by Andrew McCombe, Consultant ENT surgeon at Frimley Park Hospital at the time. This operation resulted in their voice boxes being removed.

To thank Andrew McCombe and the hospital for saving their lives the two men joined forces to raise funds for the ENT department and the Laryngectomy Club, which was formed for the benefit of Andrew’s patients shortly after.

The Farnham Herald became the sponsor and members of the Herald staff and the Club helped in the organisation of the event. We have received invaluable help from Farnham Weyside Rotary Club and they continue to support the Festival every year.

Many thousands of pounds have been raised for charity thanks to the generosity of the drivers of the cars taking part and to the spectators. We are grateful to them all and love making the festival better every year.

PHYLLIS Tuckwell Hospice has benefitted from a donation of more than £2,300, raised at this year’s Festival of Transport 2018.

Arriving at the hospice in none other than newspaper proprietor Sir Ray Tindle’s 1928 Austin 12, representatives of the organisers, The Herald and Farnham Weyside Rotary Club, met with Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice staff to present the cheque.

Farnham Weyside Rotary Club’s Mike Yeadon attended alongside Herald general manager Eddie Pearce, and the paper’s newly appointed editorial manager Colin Channon.

Hospice chairman Michael Maher, a fellow Rotarian who has been a trustee of the hospice charity for the past seven years, told The Herald their focus is on ‘living well.’

Such services at the hospice work around the motto: “It’s not about end of life –it’s about rest of life.”

Mr Maher explained Phyllis Tuckwell aims to give people a ‘quality of life,’ providing care not just for patients, but their families as well.

He said: “We’re an essential charity – at this point in their lives they need this.

“We offer a young people’s group, bereavement support and a wrap-round service. It’s a unique place.”

The charity has to raise around £20,000 a day or £10million a year, of which the government provides just £2million.

Read the Full Article from the Farnham Herald here

We Are Supporting Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care

Phyllis Tuckwell provides supportive and end of life care for adult patients and families living with an advanced or terminal illness (such as cancer, heart, lung or neurological disease) in West Surrey and North East Hampshire, an area of 550,000 residents, so that they have the best possible quality of life and the patients’ final days are peaceful…because every day is precious.

Every day we support over 250 patients, relatives and carers in their own
homes, in the community, 
at the Hospice in Farnham and at the Beacon Centre in Guildford, through a mix of medical and nursing care, therapies, counselling, social work advice and practical support.

Many people still think of a hospice as a “building with beds”, however our Hospice Care is so much wider. In addition to the In-Patient Unit, we are increasing our services in the community through our Care at Home team and Living Well services.

The Care at Home team gives patients access to high quality, compassionate care in the place most want to be – at home (or in a care home or community hospital). Our specialist team assess patients’ needs, offer advice on managing symptoms, assist with advanced care planning, provide physical and psychological care and provide access to information and therapies

tailored to each patient’s individual needs, and those of their carer and relatives. This service includes our Hospice Care at Home team who support very ill patients, providing nursing and personal care, helping patients and families cope with the final few weeks of life, supporting patients’ wishes to die at home.

Offered in a calming and therapeutic environment, our Living Well services enable the patients and families to manage the impact of the illness, cope with changes, improve well-being and remain as independent as possible, so that they can get the most out of life. We try to assist patients at a time when they may be feeling vulnerable, because they could be experiencing anxiety and stress related to their illness, attempting to adjust to a new situation and living with uncertainty.

The NHS/Government only covers 20% of our costs, which means we have to raise over £20,000 a day to be able to offer all our services, free 
of charge, to our patients and their families.
We therefore rely heavily on the support and generosity of our local community



Farnham Weyside Rotary Club    

Farnham Weyside is one of 33,000 Rotary Clubs in the world and is part of an influential international organisation. In Farnham there are two Rotary Clubs – Farnham Weyside meets on Tuesday evenings.

The focus of the club is on developing friendships and helping the local community as well as supporting projects overseas. A full list of all the charities supported can be found on the club website www.farnhamweyside.org.uk. The club organises many enjoyable events, of which these three are the main fundraisers.

Farnham Duck Race

Hundreds of people flock to the banks of the River Wey in Farnham’s Gostrey Meadow every Spring to enjoy the sight of ducks racing down the river, and also to make the most of the other entertainments in the park. The money raised is split between a local charity and an international one.

Farnham Festival of Transport

Organised in conjunction with the Farnham Herald, this event every June attracts around 100 historic and classic cars, and a variety of other vehicles to take part in a display of motoring history as well as a parade through the town. Funds raised support a local charity.

Farnham Pilgrim Marathon

A major event every September, the Marathon is rated one of the best in the country. Attracting runners from all over the world, the course goes through some of the most beautiful local countryside. The substantial sums raised are distributed to a wide range of local charities.

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