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Micky Forster, a long-term Barnes resident and trustee of Barnes Community Association, will be joining FiSH Neighbourhood Care as Executive Director in February 2018.
Micky says ‘’I am delighted to be joining FiSH, a charity that delivers a much needed and unique blend of practical help and emotional support to older and vulnerable people in Barnes, Mortlake and East Sheen through its amazing staff and volunteers.
Having parents in their 90s still living at home in the area, I believe passionately in helping people to maintain their independence so they can do as much as they can for as long as they can.
I hope my experience from 10 years in the charity sector, knowledge of the area, local contacts and community organisations will enable me to effectively champion this trusted organisation. I feel very proud to be joining FiSH at this exciting time to help this wonderful charity meet the growing needs in our local community.’’
Micky started her career in sales and marketing in the airline and travel industry and has spent the last 10 years working as a fundraiser at Turn2us, Bowel & Cancer Research and Breakthrough Breast Cancer. She has also been a Samaritan’s listening volunteer for nearly 25 years.
Crispin O’Brien, chair of FiSH, commented, “It will be hard to follow Jenny Hughes who has done a great job for over 17 years but we are really lucky to have found someone so committed to our cause, so well connected in SW13 and SW14 and already involved with our community. Micky will provide leadership and help us put our strategy into effect in the challenging years ahead.”
On the 23rd of November 2017, our Star FiSH Elders Dance Group went on an outing to the Rambert Studios and were able to perform there. This project has been funded for the past year by the Richmond Parish Lands Charity and the Friday morning dance classes, led by an animateur from Rambert Ballet, have become a firm favourite.
Harvest Tea Party
This year St Michael & All Angels Church in Barnes celebrates it's 150th anniversary. As part of the celebrations, FiSH was invited to arrange a community tea party and this took place on Saturday October 7th 2017. With music from Saxanova, and a film by Tom Stanier about days gone by in Barnes (featuring FiSH members, Ellen and George) plus plenty of tea, scones, chat and laughter... a lovely day was had by all!
Macmillan Coffee Morning
Many thanks to all those who baked or came to buy or eat cake this morning! Our helpers were kept busy throughout the morning and we hope that we raised lots for Macmillan. This was a joint event with Age UK Richmond. The money is still being counted so watch this space for an update next week...
Open Gardens 2017
Thank you to everyone who supported our Open Gardens weekend in East Sheen. 30 gardens were open on May 20th & 21st, teas were served, Pimms was poured, classic cars gleamed and the gardens looked amazing! After a week of almost non-stop rain, we were fortunate to have good weather, enabling visitors to enjoy the gardens are their very best. Such events require a cast of thousands and we are very grateful to all those who worked so hard to make the event the success that it was. Over £8,000 was raised, a proportion of which will be shared with the Mortlake with East Sheen Society.
Our Helpline is open Monday to Friday from 09:00-12:00. Please do make use of this by calling 020 8876 3414 if you need help with transport for medical or social appointments or if you need some shopping done. Although we cannot help with personal care, we can help with simple things around the home like replacing light bulbs, occasional gardening tasks or at other times when you just need a useful helping hand. Please call as early as possible in the day and, for medical appointments, please try and give us at least two days’ notice.
Last year, FiSH ran a pilot series of dance classes led Rambert Ballet which proved to be extremely popular. Dance is known to have positive effects on those with Parkinsons and dementia but is also an excellent form of exercise for older people. We are delighted that the Richmond Parish Lands charity have funded a series of three terms throughout 2017. The sessions now take place every Friday morning at Barnes Green Centre. Please call Linda on 020 8876 3336 for further details or to book. Cost per session, £5.
Our Tuesday Talks are popular events and cover a vast range of subjects. On September 19th, Andy Hughes spoke about the time (some years ago!) that he spent in Sarawak as a volunteer teacher, focusing on the headhunters and white rajahs that he met. In the audience was Dorothea Jackson who was born in Sarawak (Malaysia) in December 1916. Dorothea now lives in Barnes but was the daughter of Edward Parnell, Chief Secretary to white rajah Vyner Brooke.
FiSH Neighbourhood Care
Barnes Green Centre
London SW13 9HE
The FiSH office is open Monday-Friday 09:00-17:00.
Office: 020 8876 3335
Helpline: 020 8876 3414
Befriending: 020 8878 8100
Bus Transport: 020 8876 3765
Limited Company registered in
England & Wales number: 07933796
Registered Charity number: 1147516