(Pictured above (clockwise from top left): Fancy Hat Competition at Catford Cricket Club with the Mayor of Lewisham (1960s), Eltham Group meeting in May 2018, 10th Birthday of Lytham St Annes Group in 1970s and Greenwich Riverside Group visiting Museum of Docklands in June 2018)

For over 50 years over local group network has provided an important forum for companionship and friendship within communities around the United Kingdom. Although the volume has reduced considerably in recent years we still have groups in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland all run by volunteers who give their time generously to support a wide ranging programme of activities that offer everything from visiting speakers, days out, coffee mornings, theatre trips, walks and the odd session of Bingo or Beetle Drive.

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 the fundraising challenge our Chief Executive David Tickner will be visiting over 40 of our groups across the country to promote this initiative and encourage some local fundraising activities. But we'd like to raise £10,000 in 2019 from local fundraising, general donations and corporate contributions and all the funds we raise will go directly to support our existing and future groups.

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.

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.

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 CSRF 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]