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On Saturday 3 December 2016
New Milton Christmas Festival was held in the town centre
from 12 noon - 5.15pm

free to everyone - with a full programme of entertainment.

A visit to
Santa's Grotto
at Heppenstalls Solicitors
82 Station Road, New Milton
open between 2.30pm and 4.30pm
for the little ones went down very well
Our thanks to everyone at Heppenstalls for their support
proceeds raised £128 for New Forest Disability!

The Lantern Parade set off at 4.15pm from
the Water Tower car park - well done everyone
who braved the chilly wind to take part!

We were open at 6 Osborne Road
and held our usual
cake sale
Many thanks to everyone who supported us - 
£115 raised will help us
to continue helping others!

Doughty's Fabric Sale

Admission, refreshment proceeds and a collecton raised
a magnificant £330.50 for NFDIS
many thanks to organiser
Kathy Osland-Moore.

Disability charity's stalwarts are recognised
- New Milton Advertiser & Lymington Times 11/11/16

volunteer's certificates presentation
Cllr Beck presenting the volunteers with their certificates

Volunteers for a chairity supporting people with disabilities were recognised with long-service certificates at the group's annual public meeting.

At the New Forest Disability Information Service event at New Milton Community Centre, chief executive Jacki Keable thanked the small staff Team for 'amazing work'.

The certificates were presented by guest speaker, town councillor and New Forest District Council chairman, Cllr Goff Beck and NFDIS's newly-elected chairman Dr Reg Odbert.

Mrs Keable commended  Jenny Kent who received a platinum award for 15 years' service.  It was the first time this had been presented in NFDIS' 18 year history and Mrs Kent stated how proud she was to work with such a dedicated Team. 

Cllr Beck has  supported the charity and chose it, along with Ashley based First Opportunities, to benefit from fundraising events during his year in office.  Speaking at the meeting he gave an insight into the history and role of a district council chairman.

Under the terms of the charity's governing documents, whereby one third of the trustees stand down each year, Anne Corbridge and Ann Jarman stood down and both were proposed and re-elected as trustees for another term.  Pam Lacey was elected as a new trustee, bringing the board number to nine.

Anyone interested in volunteering with NFDIS should contact the office on 01425 628750, e-mail info@newforestdis.org.uk or visit  www.newforestdis.org.uk.

Fundraisers praised for getting in a spin
- New Milton Advertiser & Lymington Times 24/09/16

The Big Spin total is in:

big spin cheque

yes an amazing £18,224.16!

view photos of the event

Four charities have been handed more than £4,000 each following an indoor stationary cycling event held at Totton Recreation Centre.

The ‘Big Spin’ at the district council run centre on May 22nd say 240 people and eight instructors take part in a gruelling three hours of exercise, split into 45 minute sessions.  In total the event raised £18,224.16.

Spinning focuses on endurance, strength and intervals and involves a special stationary exercise bike, with classes growing in popularity in recent years as people look for new ways to keep fit.

Speaking at a cheque presentation at the centre on Monday, Chairman of New Forest District Council, Cllr Goff Beck, said: ‘It was amazing to see the energy and commitment of those taking part – what a magnificent event.’

Cllr Beck commended the leisure centre staff who had arranged it, adding: ‘What a lot of hard work – well done to everyone who helped on the day’.

The money will be split between the New Forest Disability Information Service, First Opportunities at Ashley, child bereavement charity Simon Says, and the Southampton Hospital Charity.

Jacki Keable from the New Forest Disability Information Service said: ‘We were honoured and proud to be there [on the day] – your energy and drive got us all going.’

‘We’re getting busier and busier and see around 2,000 each year.  The money will pay for an outreach advisor for one year, helping people across the New Forest.

Fiona Morgan from First Opportunities added; ‘We are a very small charity and our big expense is paying for staff, training and insurance.  We’ve put the money into our pot to pay for these things, as we are losing some government funding all the time.’

Judith Stephens of the Southampton Hospital Charity said they would be using the money towards a cardio-eco machine for the neonatal unit.  She added: ‘It’s really going to make a difference to maternity care and we are very grateful for your support.’

Kimberley Elliott from Simon Says, who said the donation was the largest cash injection the charity had seen for two years, commented: ‘It enables us to support the children more and more, thank you so much.’

Cllr James Binns, who is the district council’s cabinet member for health and leisure, added: ‘It was wonderful to have the community come together and to raise £18,000 is no small feat.’


Sunday 12 June
Spinnaker Tower Abseil
12 went up - and - 12 came down!


looking nervous?
looking nervous?

team one ready to go
Team one ready to go
from left Tony, Heather, Goff, Claire, Janet & Colleen

goff beck and janet allen up  goff at the top    
left picture  NFDIS Chairman Janet Allen (L) and Cllr Goff Beck (R) Chairman NFDC
on the tower ....... and below Janet almost there...   and phew they are down!

janet nearly down   goff and janet down

heather at the door  Tony at the door   
next up: left picture Advisor Heather Proffitt and right picture Trustee Tony Carpenter
just stepped out of the door...
... higher than the birds!

with the birds

tony caroenter and heather proffitt
part way down Heather (L) and Tony (R)

3rd pair to go 
Supporter Claire Giles (L) and Supporter Colleen Sambrook (R)

claire  colleen at the door

Claire (L @ top) and Colleen (R)

clooeen Sambrook and Claire Giles

team two ready to go
Team two ready to go
from left Liz, Anne, Annie, Victoria, Sara & Reg

sara white and liz musselwhite  liz at the door
4th pair up Supporter Sara White (L) and Supporter Liz Musselwhite (R)
... with time to wave!

time to wave

liz and sara after   
 Liz (L) and Sara (R)  back on solid ground...

anne c  reg getting out  

5th pair Trustee Cllr Anne Corbridge (L) and Trustee Reg Odbert (R)

anne corbridge and reg odbert

annie at the door
and final pair down: Annie at the door (above)

victoria and annie just off  Victoria Smalley and Anne Hilton
Supporter Victoria Smalley (L) and Information Officer Annie Hilton (R)
... and another wave ...
another wave

and celebrations!

celebration time - pop the cork - they all completed
this awesome event which we hope will have raised
£5,000 to support the work of our charity.

Thank you to all the sponsors and if you would like to sponsor
please follow this link and then click on the photo
of the person you like.
Thank you to
Team NFDIS Abseilers you are awesome!

Wednesday 25 May
Alternative Transport Day
at Lymington Hospital

a client getting information
scootersset upoutside too  

Possibly the biggest spinning event in the country
took place on Sunday 22 May

bog spin

NFDIS are delighted to be one of four chariries chosen to receive funds from
Totton Health & Leisure's
Big Spin 2016
220+ riders in one room did 120 minutes of spin!
and raised an amazing £18,224.16!

more coverage

enjoy the photos of the event

4 charities

tutors ready to go  they are off
cllr godd beck  jacki keable
half way  1 to go
we had a go

congratulations and thank you to everyone who took part
you were awesome!

Quiz Evening 13 May 2016

take 91 people, Quiz Master Bob, lovely supper
and superb raffle prizes
= recipe for fantastic evening

much enjoyed by all!

quiz master Bob  chicken and chips
Quiz Master Bob                      Super supper

winning team
The winning Quiz Team

tickets pictures a team
team 2 m team team m
A jolly evening!

The 5 Raffle Basket Winners

basket 1  basket 2

basket 3

basket 4  basket 5

Fashion Evening 17 March 2016

Over 100 people enjoyed an evening of fashion presented
by Esprit, Phase Eight and Cream & Co.

5 wonderful raffle baskets in the theme of jewels -
Pearl, Saphire, Ruby, Emerald and Diamond
were won by the lucky people below.

Huge thanks to the fashion houses, our sponsors - to be listed -
Balmer Lawn Hotel, the stall holders and all our supporters.

diamond basket   emerald basket

pearl basket

ruby basket  spahire basket

     © JK - updated  December 2016