CHIPS AGM 2018 Report

Thank you to all who attended our 24th Annual General Meeting last night.

It was a great evening during which we celebrated a great 2017/18 at the charity.

Congratulations to all our award winners:

Ben Curtis (also awarded silver accreditation award)

Ellis Hayden-Smith,

Bella Palmer (also awarded Gold accreditation award)

Lottie Hallett – our Jenni Pyer Volunteer of the Year award winner.

You can read the Chairs Report for the year, here: AGM Chairs Report 2018.

A big thank you to everyone involved with CHIPS for another fantastic year.


GlaxoSmithKline support to CHIPS

CHIPS would like to pass on our MASSIVE thanks to GlaxoSmithKline and to all the staff at their Ware site. Both GSK Ware GMS and GSK Ware R&D choose CHIPS as their local charity to support for 2017, raising a huge amount of money for us, over £8,000(!) but also providing some utterly brilliant MAD SCIENCE sessions at our schemes too! The support didn’t end there either, the staff also donated an absolutely incredible 116 Christmas presents for our young people at our annual Christmas parties.

On behalf of everyone here at CHIPS, thank you SO much to Rhi, Teresa, Kathy, Pam and all of their colleagues for all their kindness to CHIPS over the past year. You truly are CHIPS Superstars!

Pam Shaprio GSK Ware R&D and CHIPS family, Rhiannon Lowe GSK employee and CHIPS Trustee and Susan Fayinka GSK Ware R&D Head of site.

Pam Shapiro GSK Ware R&D and CHIPS family, Rhiannon Lowe GSK employee and CHIPS Trustee and Susan Fayinka GSK Ware R&D Head of site.

June Fundraising Thank Yous!

Manic Ceramics Pottery Evening

£287.50 raised, and a lot of wonderful art created! Thank you to the team at Manic Ceramics and everyone who attended.


Hoddesdon Conservative Club Quiz!

A wonderful evening with a brilliant quizmaster! Thank you to the Quizmaster, Kerry and team for organising and raising £470 for CHIPS!

May Fundraising Thank Yous!

Art Festival -£39.09

A brilliant arts festival in Hertford – the town was painted (in chalk!). Thank you to the youngsters who took part!














Georgina Lacey –London Marathon £2596.05

A MASSIVE thank you to Georgina Lacey who successfully ran the London Marathon for CHIPS, and raised an utterly wonderful £2596 for us! What a superstar!

Coffee morning – Hertford Methodist Church -£471.56

Thank you to all the people who came to support our coffee morning, Hertford Methodist Church team for their amazing coffee making and hospitality, and to all the CHIPS volunteers too!


















Ware scouts St Georges Day -£228.71

Thank you to Ware Scouts for inviting CHIPS Chair Graham Nickson to their St Georges Day Parade.

The Hertfordshire Golf Club Seniors charity day

CHIPS would like to extend an absolutely massive thank you to the Senior Section of the Hertfordshire Golf Club for getting our fundraising off to an absolutely bumper start this year!

Captain Kevin Robinson, CHIPS friend Martin Sibthorp, chief auctioneer and leader on the day, Ty Pereira, and a wonderful team, all led a golf day which raised an absolutely incredible £5,202 for CHIPS! The team ran a special golf day in April, in some unseasonal blazing sunshine, and we’re glad to hear all had a fantastic day!

Our thanks go to everyone who took part in the golf day, and a special thank you to all those who donated items to the fantastic auction, including Crown Golf, who very kindly donated two memberships!

Cheque presentation

CHIPS’ Matt Cooper receiving a cheque. From left to right Andrew Stapleton, Graham Thorogood, Martin Sibthorp, Kevin Robinson, CHIPS Matt, Ty Pereira, Roger Bearne.

Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 2018

Prudential RideLondon-Surrey is perhaps the biggest event in the UK cycling calendar, and places are hard to come by.

The great news is that we’ve got two! Perfect for you and a friend to take part in the challenging 100km ride from Surrey into London on the 29 July 2018, finishing on the Mall! You would need to be prepared to raise a minimum of £500 per entry place, but don’t worry – we’ll help you, with online fundraising tools, and promotion of your ride.

CHIPS is a fantastic cause, and by cycling for us you’ll be making a real difference to the lives of those who truly need our help with your Prudential RideLondon journey. Please drop us a line on 01992 534664 or email if you are interested.

Paul Smith and Stephen Wright rode for us last year and raised a fantastic £2500!


CHIPS visit Lee Valley and Celtic Harmony thanks to Tesco

This summer some of our CHIPS Summer Schemes were lucky enough to visit Lee Valley Park at Waltham Abbey for bug hunting, and the Celtic Harmony Camp for some brilliant fun outdoors, all thanks to the Tesco Bags of Help Scheme, and those kind people who voted for us in Cheshunt!


CHIPS Glitter Ball 2017 Total

CHIPS BALL UPDATE: VERY exciting news!

We’ve just heard that the CHIPS Ball on the 7th of October has raised an absolutely stunning £5,500! Thank you so much to everyone who supported the event and to Karen, Hazel, Marie, Ginny (not pictured), Sam and Sarah for organising the entire incredible glamorous event, and everyone who made it happen on the day at the Drill Hall Ware.

A picture of the Glitter Ball team

The Glitter Ball team minus Ginny!


Professional Ballroom dancers on the evening

Professional Ballroom dancers on the evening

The room of the ball

A busy Glitter Ball – looking fabulous!



Rock at the Castle: After Show Party for CHIPS

Continue your festival cheer – and support CHIPS – after the Rock at the Castle show by seeing a fantastic line up of local bands continuing to party until Midnight. Once again; the Corn Exchange in Hertford is hosting the Rock at the Castle After Show Party and generously raising money for CHIPS.

For more details about who is appearing visit:


CHIPS flies with a donation from the Stansted Airport Passenger Community Fund

CHIPS would like to say a huge THANKYOU to the lovely members of the Stansted Airport Passenger Community Fund for their generous donation of over £800. This fantastic donation will allow CHIPS to do two things which will help us to better support the local community in East Hertfordshire.

– To purchase a range of culturally diverse, age appropriate toys, to help children attending CHIPS, whatever their background, to feel more included in our playschemes. A wider range of toys will also help to promote inclusion, cultural sensitivity and a better understanding of people from different cultures and beliefs.

– To purchase new modern mobile phones for the CHIPS Office and East Hertfordshire Playschemes that will allow CHIPS’ Staff to better communicate.

Securing adequate funding for CHIPS is an increasing challenge and we rely on local organisations like the Stansted Airport Passenger Community Fund to help us to continue with our core work of helping children with special needs and their brothers/sisters to have fun together and their parents to have a short break from their caring responsibilities.

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