Every month, I’m proud to support 10-20 local organisations with FREE publicity in the Wokingham Word. This has made a significant contribution this has made to the Wokingham community over many years. I frequently receive messages from charities and volunteers telling me what a huge difference it makes to them … that’s job satisfaction!!!

Every year, I choose one particular charity to receive more focussed support – to help raise awareness of their cause locally, and to raise extra funds.

The Chosen Charity for 2023 is CLASP.


CLASP are a wonderful group of people who have very often been featured within the pages of the Wokingham Word. CLASP (Caring, Listening And Supporting Partnership) are a charity supporting adults with learning disabilities to speak up. In essence, they run fun, social, informative activities 5 days a week, to support adults with learning disabilities. They are an incredibly passionate, caring and professional organisation, who make a huge difference to a sector of our community who are often overlooked.

I am sooo excited to work with CLASP to raise awareness of the challenges faced by adults with learning difficulties, and to raise some much-needed extra cash.

Watch this space for more news over the coming months!

In the meantime, please watch this short video which explains more about CLASP:



Happy & Healthy

Over the August bank holiday CLASP members, staff and volunteers joined me at the wonderful Wokingham Festival where we had a fundraising stall. We sold delicious cookies and cakes, held a fantastic raffle and had lots of child friendly games and fun. It was a HUGE team effort and we raised £1,250 for CLASP!

We are continuing to fundraise for CLASP’s Happy & Healhy Club. This weekly club covers all aspects of healthy living for members with sport and fitness activities, healthy eating workshops and mental health advice. Adults with learning disabilities suffer from significant health inequality and are therefore at higher risk of chronic mental and physical health problems – the Happy & Healthy Club aims to minimise this.

We need £3,000 to run the club for another year. If you agree that this is a very worthwhile and often overlooked cause, please give anything you can by following the link to the JustGiving page.

Everyone deserves to be happy & healthy.