The Hedgehogs – Registered Charity No 1092862
The Hedgehogs hold their AGM and appoint New Chairman
The Hedgehogs held their 58th AGM on 8th May. The meeting was chaired by Bob Hockey, chairman for the past 4 years. Bob Hockey has been instrumental in successfully steering the Hedgehogs through a transitional period of reorganisation and promotion. The AGM commenced by welcoming the new members who had joined the Hedgehogs during 2017. The funds raised by the Hedgehogs for the financial year ending 31st March, 2017 not only matched their previous best ever fund raising result of £73,800 but increased this by 2.5% to £75,750.
During the course of the financial year, 55 separate donations were made to local charities, and worthy causes including the Farnham Community Hopper Bus. Additionally, 20 plus donations were made to local individuals in need, a key element of the Hedgehogs mantra. Monies raised were in no small part due to The Hedgehogs being recognised and nominated by various organisations and shops within the town as their local charity, resulting in the Hedgehogs, now being more prominent and acknowledged and respected for what they represent to the Town of Farnham and surrounding areas.
The major fund raising activities in 2016/17 included The Farnham Motoring Revival, The I Love Farnham Calendar, Sponsored Charity Swim, Golf Day, Marquee and Equipment Hire, Bat & Ball Beer and Cider Festival, Hedgehogs Quiz Night. During 2016 the Hedgehogs also introduced Collection Boxes for the acceptance of old and foreign currency in local pubs and retail outlets which has been a great success.
Bob also gave sincere thanks on behalf of the members to their partners and wives who themselves raised over £3,500 during the year. As a show of appreciation of their enduring support, personalised pink blouses embroidered with the Hedgehogs Supporters logo have been provided.
At the conclusion of the meeting Bob retired as Chairman and Mike Dunkley was voted in as the Hedgehogs Chairman for 2017/18. Bob wished Mike all the best for year ahead and promised his support in every way possible, supported by the membership. Under the chairmanship of Mike Dunkley, the Hedgehogs will continue as a vibrant organisation and a highly respected part of Farnham life as its primary local charity “Helping Local People in Need”.
The Hedgehogs mission is
‘Helping local people in need’
What does this mean? Well, it means we’re in the business of raising funds to help local people in need. Helping:- Individuals - Families - Single Parents - The Disabled and other Local Organisations, Schools and Charities.
We are a Registered Charity established over 50 years ago with a mission to benefit the community of Farnham and the surrounding areas. Our membership is over 50 strong and included in our fund raising is the joint organisation of the Farnham Carnival with the Farnham Lions.
Over the past 10 years we have raised over £450,000 pounds which has been distributed locally. The Hedgehogs running costs are paid for by members and friends so that all the funds raised are used solely for good causes. We work closely with other Farnham organisations involved in similar work. Social events are held regularly where members, friends and supporters, can come together to discuss the future direction of the charity. We discuss how the organisation can be more effective in both fund raising and improving ways we can support those in need in the local community of Farnham!
If your looking to put something back into the local community and having fun doing so then: Please consider joining us.