Charity of the Month

Chiltern Voice is offering local charities, voluntary groups & not-for-profit organisations the opportunity to be heavily featured for the duration of one month on the air, at no cost, across the Chiltern Voice broadcast area of Amersham, Chesham and the surrounding towns and villages.

With thousands of people tuning in each and every week Chiltern Voice is the ideal platform to promote your project and create awareness, giving people information about your organisation, your objectives and potentially details of upcoming events, initiatives or how they might get involved.

If you are selected as ‘Charity of the Month’, throughout the month you are on air, you should expect to receive the following from Chiltern Voice:

  • At least one on air interview about your organisation, but this could be more especially with different angles to cover
  • One month of free advertising equivalent to our Full Radio Package, worth over £100, with your advert being played on air 56 times per week
  • Creation of a 30 second audio advert for your organisation
  • Publication of a BLOG on our website about your organisation (editorial will need to be provided by yourselves)
  • Feature of your organisation and the fact you are ‘Charity of the Month’ on our social media

To have your group / organisation featured, please complete the simple form below, and we will be in touch…








    Our current charity of the month

    July 2024 – Scannappeal

    ScannappealScannappeal raises funds to purchase lifesaving, revolutionary medical equipment for our NHS Hospitals at Amersham, Stoke Mandeville, Wycombe and for our community hospitals.

    Since our foundation 37 years ago, Scannappeal has raised over £19 million and has purchased equipment for every major department in each of the hospitals, which is all thanks to the support we receive from our local community.

    No longer limited to scanners alone, we fundraise for a wide variety of medical equipment to diagnose and treat local patients. Equipment funded includes two MRI scanners, equipment for the Breast Unit at Wycombe hospital and most recently a surgical robot – the first in the county. The robot (not as scary as it may seem) is in full service at Wycombe hospital improving care and outcomes across a variety of cancer surgeries including bowel, bladder, prostate, cervical and ovarian. Incisions are smaller than traditional open surgery and so recovery is much quicker.

    Today, 1 in 4 of the local population has benefitted from equipment funded by Scannappeal.

    If you would like to find out more, visit: scannappeal.org.uk

    We run a number of events throughout the year, details of which can be found on: https://scannappeal.org.uk/events/

    In July, we have two amazing music-based events:

    1. A STARRY,STARRY NIGHT
      On Thursday 18th July, local stars are joining together for an evening of music featuring beloved tunes from Broadway, the West End, film, and television. Choir on The Green, led by the ever-effusive Paul Bullen, will be supporting the stars, as well as performing their
      own well-known numbers.
      This all takes place at St. Mary’s Church, Chesham, starting at 7pm.
      Tickets £15 in advance and includes a glass of Pimms and can be purchased:
      https://scannappeal.org.uk/event/starry-starry-night-summer-concert-at-st-marys-church-chesham, or call the office on 01494 734161.
    2. SUMMERTIME SWING
      On Sunday 21 st July, Summertime Swing is back. Once again, the 16-piece orchestra of the Stellar Big Band will perform a selection of traditional big band tunes. We are also delighted to have the wonderful Andrew Sisters tribute singers return. Put on your dancing shoes and join us for some jive, lindy hop, ballroom, and other fantastic music.
      In addition, Simon Selmon from Swingdanceuk.com will be teaching a swing dance class- no experience necessary.
      Bring your picnic hampers full of all that you wish to enjoy at your table – sandwiches and scones or canapes and champagne – you can make the table yours and relish the chance to kick back and relax.
      This is all happening at The Lee Cricket Club, near Great Missenden. Tickets £20 each or two tickets for £36.
      All tickets can be bought online: https://scannappeal.org.uk/event/summertime-swing/or by calling the office on 01494 734161.

    Previous charities of the month

    We are an inclusive theatre company offering expertly guided Performing Arts workshops in the heart of Chesham and Amersham. Our vibrant community of members embark on a transformative journey, honing skills in acting, singing, dancing, and physical theatre within a nurturing and inclusive environment.The Theatre Shed

    What does it mean to be inclusive?

    It means our company represents performers from age 6 to adult, those who are Disabled, non-Disabled, Neurodivergent, Neurotypical, those who pay a subscription and those who join us on Bursary. Through mentorship and Bursary Schemes we make the Arts accessible to all. The Theatre Shed works with people of all ages and backgrounds, producing excellent, challenging, thought-provoking, and above all, entertaining theatre. We do not have an audition process and we believe this creates a more accessible pathway for all young people to engage in Performing Arts.

    We empower our performers to embrace their unique voices and provide a haven for personal expression, cultivating a sense of self-assuredness and nurturing inquisitive, imaginative, and bold talents.

    Whether you are an experienced performer or wanting to try something new, there is a place for you at The Theatre Shed!

    To find out more about becoming a member and having your chance to shine on stage or if you are interested in volunteering opportunities and making a difference, please email admin@thetheatreshed.co.uk or you can contacts us via text, voice note or phone call on 07368 141 400

    At Rennie Grove Peace Hospice Care, we support people of all ages across Buckinghamshire and West Hertfordshire who are affected by a progressive life-limiting illness or bereavement.

    Right from the point of diagnosis we can support patients with a range of services to help them live well. We work with patients to understand what is important to them before finding the right person, with the right skills at the right time to meet their needs.

    Our services include Hospice at Home, Inpatient Services at Peace Hospice in Watford, Outpatients & Supportive Care, Bereavement & Wellbeing Support and Children & Young People Services. We also empower communities to support each other through our Compassionate Communities services which include Compassionate Cafés and Support Hubs.

    Our care is available to patients and those around them at no cost, thanks to the generous support of our local communities. Every day of the year people just like you run, bake, swim, climb, sing, donate and shop to help us raise the £19,000 we need each day, just to keep delivering our services.

    We also rely on volunteers to help keep our vital services running. From offering admin support for our clinical teams, to keeping our High St shops stocked or working directly with patients, volunteers are the lifeblood of everything we do.

    We urgently need more Supporting Hands volunteers to provide companionship and practical support to patients in their own homes. Could you spare an hour or two per week to help?

    Visit renniegrovepeace.org today to find out how you can get involved.

    One in four children are leaving primary school unable to read to the expected standard. These children are left unable to fully access their secondary education, which has a lifelong negative impact.

    One of the key reasons that children are not learning to read is that they are getting insufficient one-to-one reading time with an adult. That is why Schoolreaders recruits, places and supports volunteers to go into local primary schools to listen to children read on a one-to-one basis each week in term-time.

    If you can spare just an hour a week, you can help to change a child’s life-story.

    Sign up to volunteer today at Schoolreaders.org, or if you want to help but don’t have time right now, it costs just £30 to provide one child with reading support for an entire year. Find out more at Schoolreaders.org

    The Oasis Partnership is a charity that’s been working across Buckinghamshire for 40 years, and our aim is to create happy and healthy communities by supporting early intervention, prevention, health and wellbeing.

    In September we opened our new space on the High Street in Chesham and have a full timetable of free, drop-in, health and wellbeing activities such as yoga, sewing, cooking, walking, music etc. We also offer 1-2-1 support through our social prescribing service, employment support, and befriending programmes. All of these services are open to anyone over the age of 18.

    We have a great volunteering programme, where you can help us give back to the local community through a wide variety of different roles, each suited to the individual. And if you would like to support us, you can donate to our cause so we can continue to support people throughout The Chilterns.

    For more information and to see our timetable, please visit our website at www.oasispartnership.org.

    The Amersham, Chesham and District MS Society are the local branch for local people who are managing to live with a crippling illness.

    We meet on the 2nd and 4th Friday mornings of each month at Chesham Town Hall from 10am to 1pm.

    We offer yoga, therapeutic massage, and music therapy, as well as fun, companionship and a listening ear, with help and advice for anyone living with MS.

    MS is something many people may not have even heard of. However there are 150,000 sufferers in the UK alone, with 150 newly diagnosed cases each week. Around two in every thousand people will develop MS. The illness usually strikes people in their early 20s and as you can imagine, at a time when you are progressing your chosen career, saving for a house, planning a formal relationship, perhaps thinking about getting married and having a family, to be told you have a serious progressive illness for which there is no treatment or cure, can be devastating.

    We aim to help those living with MS to lead as fulfilling a life as possible, with help to manage the consequences of the condition and share a friendship
    and bond that we hope will ease others through the bad times.

    Unfortunately most GPs will probably not have come across an MS sufferer in their small practice which means little understanding or advice, and this is where we come in. We aim to raise the awareness, and help with information and advice, as well as being there to help anyone cope with what life can generally throw at you.

    The Society is looking for long term financial support to help fund more physiotherapy and group outings, as well as help from new volunteers, especially those with their own transport.

    You can find more information on their website. or if you can help in any way, please call Barry Taylor on 01494 794470; leave a message if necessary and we will return your call, alternativly you can email them at amershamchesham@mssociety.org.uk.

    Restore Hope is a Chesham-based Christian charity that exists to see hope restored and lives transformed in the Chilterns. We welcome local families and young people who are facing difficult life circumstances, and we walk alongside them to take steps towards a more positive future.

    At Restore Hope:

    • We pack and deliver weekly fresh food boxes to doorsteps where we signpost people to our programmes and other local support
    • We grow fruit and vegetables, tended to by families and young people, who also learn about healthy eating
    • We run courses that bring together groups of mums, dads, and youth to improve relationships
    • And we host memory-making events during school holidays, giving families opportunities to come together to have fun, play and laugh

    Research shows that as hope increases so too does wellbeing, from physical health, to mental health, to positive relationships, and employability. At Restore Hope we believe restoring hope is key to people fulfilling their potential and leading flourishing lives.
    We would love to welcome you to Restore Hope as a member of our volunteer team, who help us maintain the land, support parents, and pack and deliver fresh food boxes.

    You can support our charity through a donation, especially important at this time of year when families living in poverty often struggle with the cold, hungry tummies and holiday stress.

    Or perhaps you know of someone who needs their hope restored?

    Please visit our website at: restorehopelatimer.org for more information

    The Hospice of St Francis is your local community hospice. We’re the place you can turn when you, or someone you love, is dealing with serious illness.

    Each year, our outstanding team of doctors, nurses and specialists help 2,000 local people and their families to live their lives well. We help improve patients’ symptoms, and offer support so they can achieve their goals.

    We also provide free outpatient services, such as complementary therapies and physiotherapy for people dealing with or recovering from illness.

    The Hospice of St Francis also supports carers, children, and people coping with bereavement. If you think you might benefit from our services, please visit our website to self-refer.

    We are your local hospice, and we’d love to welcome you as a volunteer, receive your donations at our charity shops, or see you at one of our events – such as our Christmas Concert in Chesham on 4th December.

    https://www.stfrancis.org.uk

    We are a Chesham & Amersham based charity, committed to tackling food poverty.

    Once a week, our small, dedicated team of volunteers delivers a hot, freshly cooked, two-course meal to those that need it most.

    If you struggle to access food, and live within a five-mile radius of Chesham or Amersham, we may be able to help you. We support carers, pensioners, those dependent on benefits or struggling with debt, those suffering chronic illness and disability, and those suffering domestic abuse, family breakdown or homelessness.

    Since we began in 2020, we have delivered tens of thousands of meals, but as the cost of living has risen, we’re experiencing even more demand.

    Our volunteers do a great job but there aren’t enough of us. We need drivers, fundraisers, community organisers, and operations managers. If you think you can help, for just one or two hours a week, we’d love to hear from you.

    If you need our help, or would like to volunteer, you can:

    Together we can tackle food poverty. Thank you.

    Chiltern Samaritans have been providing support to anyone in emotional distress for over 50 years, from our base at 149 Station Road, Amersham, opposite Dr Challoner’s Grammar School and 300 yards from Amersham Station.

    You can phone us free of charge on 116123, or email us at jo@samaritans.org. Both of these are 24/7, so you can call at ANY TIME day or night. We listen without judgement, we won’t tell you what to do, and callers often find that being able to talk openly helps them to look at options and find ways to cope with their problems. At the very least it gives them comfort that they have been able to share them.

    We are keen to reach out to other organisations to spread the word about what we do. We give talks in secondary schools, we attend local events such as ‘Peace in the Park’ in Chesham and welcome invitations from other organisations. If you are interested in any of these, please contact amersham.director@samaritans.org.

    As a charity we depend on the generosity of the public. There are many different ways CV listeners can make a difference – by becoming a listening volunteer or helping out as a support volunteer in areas like IT, building maintenance, administration, project management or fund raising. If you are interested in any of these, please contact amersham.director@samaritans.org.

    We also welcome donations here: Select a charity (enthuse.com) – then click on ‘Chiltern Samaritans’.  Thank you.

    This year marks the 60th anniversary of our most local dog rescue charity, the Chilterns Dog Rescue Society, perhaps better known as just CDRS.

    CDRS is based in Chivery, close to Wendover Woods. A dedicated team at the Rescue Centre care for up to 50 dogs and puppies when they have nowhere else to turn.

    The kennels have a 5 star boarding licence and the rescue dogs that come to CDRS also enjoy a 5 star stay. This includes plenty of exercise and attention as well as any veterinary and training support that may be needed before they move on to wonderful forever homes.

    The last few years have been tough for everyone. This is resulting in unprecedented numbers of dogs of all ages, sizes and types needing urgent help, not just in the immediate area but across the country.

    As a charity, CDRS depends on the generosity of the public. There are many different ways dog lovers can make a huge difference to dogs in need; from adoption to dog walking, sponsoring dogs with additional needs to volunteering with projects onsite, or simply making a donation to support rescue and re-homing in these challenging times, Chilterns Dog Rescue would be truly grateful
    to hear from you.

    They have been putting dogs first for 60 years, and your support will help rescued dogs and puppies right now.

    For further information please call the Rescue Centre any day between 9am and 2pm on 01296 623885, or visit the CDRS website – www.chilternsdogrescue.org.uk.

    Step back in time at the Chiltern Open Air Museum, with a historical adventure for the whole family. Walk inside an Iron Age roundhouse, Victorian forge, post-war prefab, and 30 other historical buildings, in the beautiful Chilterns countryside.

    There’s loads to see and do this summer. Have fun and help the planet at the Green Festival, and see some of the finest motors ever made at the Classic Vehicle Show.
    Every weekend in August you can see history come to life, with epic re-enactments, such as Britain at War, A Tudor Courtroom, Ragged Victorians, and even a Viking Raid!

    On top of that, every Tuesday in August is a Terrific Tuesday, packed with family activities and crafts, including clay modelling.

    For more information, visit the museum’s website at: https://coam.org.uk/

    The Sickle Cell Society is the only national charity in the UK that supports and represents people affected by a sickle cell disorder, to improve their overall quality of life.

    First set up as a registered charity in 1979, the Society has been working alongside health care professionals, parents, and people living with sickle cell, to raise awareness of the disorder.

    The Sickle Cell Society has a network of committed volunteers, who play an important part in running the charity, providing administrative backup, and helping to raise funds.

    Donations from the public, and fundraising activities play an essential part in furthering the Society’s aims.


    You can make a donation here: Donate: Sickle Cell Society

    There is a place for you in Chiltern u3a!

    Chiltern u3a (Cu3a) is part of the UK wide u3a movement which has 450,000 Members. We are a Member-led organisation based in and around Amersham offering a wide range of physical, intellectual and creative interest Groups, regular speakers and social events. We welcome anyone in their’third age'(i.e.no longer in full-time work or with another fulltime commitment) and are known for our sense of community and for providing interlectual stimulation and fun!

    Cu3a’s Members can choose activities from over 100 interest Groups including everything from Ancient Cultures, Drama, Dancing, Language and Music to Technology, Walking, Wine Tasting and Yoga.

    Please go to our website to see available activities: www.chiltern-u3a.org.uk

    Where appropriate we embrace technology and run ‘virtual’ meetings alongside face-to-face ones by using Zoom, Skype, Teams etc. We also keep in touch with our Members by email, telephone calling and regular e-bulletins. We have recently launched a Facebook page which you are welcome to join: www.facebook.com/chilternu3a

    Joining us is easy – just go to our website and complete a simple Application Form:
    www.chiltern-u3a.org.uk/Join

    You can also write to:
    u3a New Member Secretary
    Amersham & District Community Association
    Chiltern Avenue
    Amersham HP6 sAH

    Alternatively, if you have any questions please contact us at: info@chiltern-u3a.org.uk

    We look forward to welcoming you!