Future and Past Fundraising Events

YEAR 2018

Party this Christmas,  Rio-style!
at Mercedes-Benz World

November 30th 2018


This is your chance to have a great evening out at at a reasonable price.   
Organised by Best Parties Ever there will be an array of entertainment as well as a delicious 3 course dinner.
Book your tickets now for our first ever Rio style party!  Invite your friends and make up your own table. HS Rio Carnival Party flier



Surrey Music presents ‘Life is a Song’
A Charity Concert in aid of Home-Start Guildford
On 16th June 2018

Join us at the Holy Trinity Church, Guildford High Street on Saturday 16th June at 7.30pm to hear the 200+ voices of Elmbridge Choir and Elmbridge Ladies Choir present Life is a Song , a rousing choral compilation of songs from stage and screen. Tickets are priced at just £12 (£5 for under 18s) and can be purchased here.

Abstract Oil Painting Workshops with Liz Hauck

8th and 9th June 2018, 9.15am – 1pm

Join Liz Hauck for one of her ever-popular abstract oil painting workshops on either Friday 8th or Saturday 9th June 2018. Experience the essence of free expression:
– freedom to play with line, shape and colour
– freedom to use your imagination, be spontaneous
For anyone wanting to paint freely, beginners welcome.

More details here.

London Marathon, 22nd April

Many congratulations to Ana, a Home-Start mum who ran the London Marathon for us as a thank you for the help and support she received following the premature birth of her second son. Not only did she smash her fundraising target but she also completed the marathon in an incredible 3 hours 40 minutes. It’s still not too late to donate! https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/anastasia-hounslow1




Golf Day at Effingham Golf Club
April 20th 2018

This Open qualifying course offers a challenging and stimulating day’s golf that all levels of handicap will enjoy. Our Golf Day was very popular 2 years ago and is bound to book quickly so reserve your place today!

Home-Start Golf Day 2018 – Flyer and Application Form A4 Colour

Coffee Concert     15th March
Guildford Cathedral kindly invited us to hold a cake sale at their Coffee Concert.
Our volunteers baked some delicious cakes which were very well received.

Surrey Half Marathon     11th March
The Home-Start Harriers ran brilliantly
achieving times of 1.38 to 2.01 hrs and
raised nearly £1,800 for us.  A big thank you to all of them.

Creative Painting Workshops with Liz Hauck – “Painting with Texture”
January 19th, 20th, 26th or 27th 2018

These workshops are for anyone wanting to paint freely, beginners welcome!

Painting with Texture Flyer

YEAR 2017

Snowflake Appeal
November 1st 2017 – 31st January 2018
Could you hold a Snowflake Coffee Morning or Event this winter and raise much-needed funds for us? Invite your friends and family! We can provide posters, invitations and decorations. For more information, contact Jan Eastaff at development@hsguildford.org.uk or phone 01483 511181.

Vicki and her team of helpers raised a fantastic £627

Albury Music Festival Donation


We would like to say a huge thank you to the organisers of this year’s Albury Music Festival for their very  generous donation of £6,000 and for the opportunity to raise our profile at such a fun family event.



It’s Time to Paint!
Sept. 29th & 30th, Oct. 6th & 7th 9.15-1pm
Good news Liz Hauck has run some very successful workshops for us a using shapes, forms and colours from nature to inspire painting in abstract.  Watch this space – she may run some more.      Liz Hauck Workshops – Abstracted Nature – Poster

 Prudential RideLondon – Surrey 100
Sunday 30th July

We are delighted to report that Rob Kelly and Phil Garrett completed this arduous 100 mile treck over the Surrey Hills.  Rob raised a total of £2,270 and Phil £955.
Thank you Rob and Phil for your splendid achievements on our behalf.

Phil Garrett & Rob Kelly

Rob’s wife Jo has been a volunteer with HS Guildford for 5 years and he has seen the amazing support framework we offer to young families having difficult times.  “It’s a fantastic charity” says Rob.





Albury Music Festival     16th July
We were very pleased to be chosen as the charity this year for this festival.  It was a great family event, run by volunteers, providing a wonderful  family friendly afternoon of music and fun.  Special thanks to Festival Organiser Rob Kelly who helped promote our bid to be the named charity.

Ron Hoad (organiser) with HS Volunteers

Splat the Rat!








Creative Workshops
Liz Hauck invites you to her creative workshops for anyone wanting to “paint freely”.  She makes the workshops fun and a whole new learning experience and is offering several dates in early July.  Liz kindly donates all the profits from her workshops to us.  See details Painting Abstracts Workshop – Poster
Due to high demand Liz has added 2 more workshops on the 4th & 6th August.

Open Garden and Silent Auction
on Wednesday 7th June
One of our volunteers kindly opened her garden and wildflower meadow and
over 70 visitors enjoyed walking through the meadow, tea with delicious home-make cakes, a raffle and Plant Stall.

The day was sunny and warm – ideal for enjoying the beautiful roses and wildflowers. Over £2,514 was raised to help Home-Start Guildford. Thank you to all  those who worked hard to make the day such a success.

Brighton Marathon 2017
Sunday 9th April 2017
She did it!  Huge congratulations to Jo Pillay who successfully completed this Marathon improving on her previous time despite the hot weather! Well done Jo and thank you from all of us for supporting  HS Guildford.          


Coffee Morning
9th December  2016
One of our wonderful supporters organised a coffee morning at her home. There were delicious cakes made by the WI  and the gathering raised £500 plus Gift Aid.
Many thanks to everyone who made this possible and gave generously.

Christmas Market in aid of Ho-ho-Home-Start!   in Merrow
5th Dec. and 6th Dec.
A big thank you to Louise Gracey (Lots in Pots) and Faith McCarthy ( English Handmade Soaps) who held an annual Christmas Market at Louise’s house and invited us to be their chosen charity.

Louise and Ruth with stall holders

We appreciate all their hard work organising this festive event and raising over £700 for us.  Our supporters had a great time visiting the stalls and in between enjoyed coffee, home-made soup and cakes. 


Frozen Floral Roadshow at the Mill Theatre, Guildford
24th November. 2016-11-24-22-27-02 Everyone enjoyed our Special Gala Show with Mig Kimpton who demonstrated some fantastic displays with flowers.  Afterwards there were festive nibbles and sparkling drinks.   We raised more than £1,500.  A big thank you to Ruth Jubert for all her hard work making this event such a success.           Lucky Winner!  2016-11-24-22-59-30


Good News –   They did it!

The Prudential RideLondon 100 – Surrey       31st July
A 100 mile challenge from central London around the Surrey Hills took place on Sunday 31st July.  A big thank you to both Hugh Shanks (Chair, on the left) and Simon Brundan for completing this challenging cycle ride and raising much needed funds for us.  Total now in excess of £2,300 which is a brilliant result.Hugh and Simon Cycling for Home-Start



You can support Hugh at :  http://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/hughshanks1
and Simon at:  http://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/simonbrundan1
This was a tough ride and it would be great if you could help get us get even more.  Thank you.

12 June     Private View and Sale of works at one of Surrey’s Open Studio Events

Summer Song (Dave Brubeck) Oil on Canvas

Summer Song (Dave Brubeck) Oil on Canvas

Liz Hauck (left) artist, with Home-Start supporter Ruth Jubert.  Liz has very generously shared the income from sales of her paintings between us and another charity – both organisations helping children in need.  Guests enjoyed viewing her pictures in the setting of her beautiful house and garden.
We are extremely grateful to Liz for her wonderful support of our work.


Edinburgh Marathon – 29th May   Congratulations and thank you to Carol Dunnett for running her first every marathon in 5 hrs 6mins.  She raised £728 for us beating her target.

2016 London Marathon –   24th April
Congratulations to Keith Irvine, the husband of one of our volunteers, who ran this marathon in support of us has raised in excess of £1,500.  Thank you Keith for your wonderful fundraiser.

Charity Golf Day  –  22nd April, 2016
84 golfers played and enjoyed  their round at Effingham Golf Club.   This was followed by a 3 course dinner for 110 people and an auction. We had received very generous prizes and our auctioneer, Chris Mills, made it an entertaining evening.  The team prize went to Gordons Team – see photo below.

Winning Team with Ruth Jubert centre left and Kim Roberts on her right

Winning Team from Gordons –  Andy Cairns and Hamish Ferguson with Ruth Jubert centre left and Kim Roberts centre right

During dinner Sam, one of the families we support, courageously told the guests of how she was struggling to cope on her own with her young son and described movingly how her Home-Start volunteer had “brought her back to life”.

Bach to Baby Concert

Nikolic Zivorad





19th March 2016
Bach to Baby  at the Guildhall, Guildford.  A charity concert held in association with HS Guildford. Accordionist Nikolic enthralled the young audience, 20 toddlers, with mums and dads, with his repertoire of thrilling music.  Volunteers served delicious home-made cakes and drinks.   


Year 2015

Snowflake Coffee Mornings  During 2015 Friends organised 3 successful coffee mornings.  If you would be happy to arrange one and have the fun of making your

Louise and the Snowflake she made

Louise and the Snowflake she made

own snowflakes please see https://www.facebook.com/homestartuk/videos/1144915595518485/?platform=hootsuite

where Louise, one of our Volunteers gives a demonstration.
We have held a number of enjoyable and financially successful events which have all helped towards covering our costs.  These events have been attended by The Friends, Volunteers, Staff, Trustees and general supporters.

Please see  information on our Fundraising Events –   Record of Events 2014-15

Guildford Choral at G Live, Guildford, kindly offered us a retiring collection after their Family Carols and IMG_0822Christmas Music Concert on 13th December which was enjoyed by many local families.  We raised over £1,380.  Thank you to Guildford Choral for a lovely concert and inviting us to be their charity for this event.
Traditional Wreath for Christmas Event
IMG_077736 supporters had a fun morning making their wreaths together, shopping and enjoying coffee and cakes.

All Our Own Work!

All Our Own Work!




A successful event with over £1,500 raised.



Congratulations to Our Magnificent
7 riders who all completed the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 on Sunday 2nd August.  It started in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, then followed a 100 mile route on closed roads through the capital and into Surrey’s stunning     Prudential Cycle Race
and very hilly countryside.
We have raised £9,156 so far …..

For more info and pictures on recent events see  http://hsguildford.org.uk/august-news 

and under  Latest News  in the right hand column.

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