Pictured above: Members of our Liskeard & Pensilva group pictured at the launch of the appeal in November 2018. The event was attended by our National Honorary Treasurer Jenny Rowe CB (pictured to the right of the banner)

Pictured above: Members of our Eltham group enjoying a very sunny & warm July meeting

Pictured above: Members of our Tadley group enjoying their August meeting

Pictured above: Member of the Newcastle/Gateshead group pictured at their May meeting

OUR 2019 COMMUNITY APPEAL

For over half a century The Civil Service Retirement Fellowship (CSRF) has been providing a forum for friendship and companionship to retired people in towns across the country via its local community group network. Established initially as a charity to support former civil servants and their dependents we have evolved in recent years to offer charitable services to those in later life. These currently include a local community group network, two national befriending schemes (Phone Buddy & National Visitors Network) and information and advice.

The group network provides a valuable service to retired and older people within the community offering an important forum for friendship and companionship, educational speakers and leisure activities.

What is the appeal about?

Throughout 2019 we will be celebrating the contribution our groups make to their local communities and raising funds to help support them. As part of this initiative our Chief Executive David Tickner will be visiting groups across the country to promote this initiative and encourage some local fundraising activities. All the funds we raise will go directly to support our existing and future groups.

How much do we want to raise?

We'd like to raise £10,000 to help support our local community groups. So far, we've raised £8,507.10 (figure as at 02/09/19).

Planned Group Visits: September - December

Our Chief Executive's timetable for forthcoming group visits is as follows (these maybe subject to change):

Pictured above: Members of our Weston super Mare group at their January coffee morning

Pictured above: Banbridge group members at their April meeting

Pictured above: Salisbury Plain group enjoying their January meeting. They met our CEO David and donated £100 to our appeal

Fundraise for us

There are a lot of fun ways you can help raise funds for this appeal. Running a bake sale, an own clothes day or undertaking a sporting activity are all good for engaging others. If you'd like to sign up as a fundraiser click on the 'fundraise' button to find out more. Give us a call on 020 8691 7411 or email: [email protected] as we'd be happy to offer advice on how we can help support your fundraiser.

Pictured above: Members of our Dawlish group enjoying their monthly friendship lunch at the Ugly Duckling cafe in Dawlish

How to make a donation

If you'd like to make a donation you can click the 'donate' button on the right of this page to pay online (using a credit/debit card) or if you'd prefer you can send a cheque made payable to 'The CSRF' in the post to: CSRF 2019 Fundraising Appeal, Unit 11, Pepys House, Greenwich Quay, Clarence Road, London SE8 3EY.

Pictured above: Members of our Enfield group at their meeting in April

Pictured above: Members of our Croydon, Dulwich & Norwood group enjoying coffee, chat and a quiz at their January meeting

Pictured above: Members of our Sutton group enjoyed an entertaining talk from local weatherman Ian Currie in February 2019. The group was joined by our Civil Service Champion, Elizabeth Gardiner CB

Pictured above: Members of the Bexhill & Hastings group at their April meeting

Pictured above: Chippenham group members at their March meeting in the Chippenham Museum

Pictured above: Gloucester/Hucclecote group members at their March meeting at Christchurch Abbeydale

Pictured above: Church Stretton group members at their March meeting at the Mayfair Community Centre

Pictured above:Mid Sussex group members at their March meeting at the King's Church in Burgess Hill

Sponsors

We're delighted that our friends at the Civil Service Insurance Society (CSIS) have once again signed up as a sponsor. CSIS offers competitive insurance policies for Home, Motor and Travel Insurance. You can contact them directly on 01622 766960 or visit www.csis.co.uk/csrf

Our legal partners McClure Solicitors have also signed up as a sponsor. McClure's operate our legal helpline for subscribers providing advice and guidance on a whole range of later life issues. They also offer our subscribers a free will or will review as well as a special discount on Power of Attorney.

You can contact McClure's on freephone 0800 852 1999 or email [email protected] or click here for more information

We're also grateful for sponsorship from Golden Charter Funeral Plans, one of the largest funeral plan providers in the UK. We work in association with them to help provide a solution to rising funeral costs. Golden Charter offer discounted pre-paid funeral plans to those within the CSRF Community along with some bonus incentives (if you take out a plan you will receive an exclusive £150 M&S Gift card and we will receive a £220 donation). For more information you can call 0800 090 2342 and quote ‘CSRFWB07’ – for full details and the terms & conditions click HERE.