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Judith and Jeremy's Race...

Judith and Jeremy's Race to the King
We had the pleasure of meeting Judith Murray and Jeremy King this week and were thrilled to be able to show them round the unit, so they could see the projects we have funded from our past appeals and hear about our current...
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Ella's Chop for Charity...

Ella's Chop for Charity
12 year old Ella Ashford is preparing to have her gorgeous blonde locks cut off in her fundraising efforts to support Smile4Wessex. This is her own way of thanking the brilliant team here at the Wessex Neurological Centre,...
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Waitrose Community Matters

Waitrose Community Matters
If you shop at Waitrose you can nominate Smile4Wessex as your chosen local charity by completing the nomination form found at the Customer Services desk in store. Three good causes receive a share of £1,000...
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Smile4Wessex Neuro Open...

Smile4Wessex Neuro Open Day
Our long-awaited Neuro Open Day gave those attending a unique opportunity to see and learn about many of the amazing projects that Smile4Wessex has funded. Following a brief welcome and introduction, visitors were divided...
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'Wall of Smiles' Launched

'Wall of Smiles' Launched
We are delighted to announce details of the Smile4Wessex 'Wall of Smiles'. For the full story of this new initiative please click Wall of Smiles  
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Hinkler Pub Regulars Smile for Martin

When Martin Reddin was taken suddenly and seriously ill at the end of March, friends and family feared the worst, but after spending two weeks in an induced coma at the Wessex Neuro Centre he's now well on the road to recovery. Friends at the Hinkler Pub, where Martin is the resident DJ, arranged a day of fundraising to show their appreciation. A speed pool competition, in which the aim was to clear all the balls in the fastest time, saw over 70 attempts but very few clearances (many attempts ending with the white ball being potted - including my own!). The eventual winning time was 1 minute and 34 seconds.

Raffle ticket sales were also brisk, with over 80 prizes generously donated by pub regulars, friends and family, and it was great to see Martin feeling well enough to take the microphone to run the raffle draw - which took quite a while! The pool competition and raffle were followed by a karaoke session during which the collection bucket continued to do the rounds, swelling the total raised on the day to a tremendous £709.15 and with (at the time of writing) a further £340 + having been donated online, the total raised easily exceeds £1,000.

Organiser Paul Reynolds, who co-runs the Southampton Regional Pool League, is justifiably proud of what has been achieved. "Given that I’d hoped we’d raise £500, this is beyond my wildest expectations, but to see Martin back on his feet and doing his thing was just amazing given what he’s been through, and made all the effort very worthwhile indeed."

Our sincere thanks go to all who so generously gave their time, donated raffle prizes and supported the event, and to all present for making me so welcome (and for not laughing too loudly at my awful pool attempt!

Photos show Martin Reddin hosting the raffle draw, and Paul Reynolds (with stopwatch) timing another 'speed pool' attempt.