The Royal British Legion is the UK’s leading Armed Forces charity.

We provide practical, emotional and financial support to all members of the British Armed Forces past and present, and their families.

We actively campaign to improve their lives and safeguard the Military Covenant between the nation and its Armed Forces.

We also organise the Poppy Appeal, run one of the UK’s largest membership organisations and are recognised as the nation’s custodian of Remembrance.

via The Royal British Legion.


In 1991 a group of prominent Southampton businessmen urged a group of scientists working for the University of Southampton to launch a charity to support some of the excellent work in the field of asthma and allergy that was being produced by the research group who were located at Southampton General Hospital. This group led by Professor Stephen Holgate (CBE) have since then become arguably one of the world’s leading centres of excellence in the field of asthma, allergy and all related conditions of the respiratory system. This has recently resulted in recognition as The World Centre of Excellence in Allergic Disease. The award will run for 3 years. The group now have considered experts in all aspects of respiratory medicine and with both national and international recognition, the Southampton Group have become the group for young scientist from most countries in the world, to work with. We currently have at any time some 20 nationalities working as students or research personnel. The current chairperson is Professor Donna Davies who co-ordinates the decision making of a group of some 12 Trustees. This group is made up of scientists and external professional lay persons with a mix of sex and ethnicity. Funding for this activity comes from every source imaginable from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), Medical Research Council (MRC), to the League of Friends at Southampton General Hospital and of course AAIR. The Asthma, Allergy and Inflammation Research Trust (AAIR) works with these scientists allowing them to purchase pieces of vital equipment, to fund studentships and to support programmes of work with consumable cost. In the past 23 years AAIR has contributed some £6M to assist with developing new drugs, to improve treatment and to further understand the mechanisms that present patients with the debilitating effects of asthma and allergic disease. The success of the Southampton Research group has resulted in a state of the art rebuild of a Bio-medical Research Unit (BRU) which combined with the Welcome Clinical Research Facility provides Southampton arguably with the largest most successful clinical research unit of its type in the UK.

via The Asthma, Allergy and Inflammation Research Trust (AAIR).


Simon Stanley was a 37-year-old teacher from Southampton, Hampshire, when he died from cancer. His wife, Sally, found there was no bereavement support locally for their two sons, Andrew (5) and Tom (2). Research indicated that The Stanley’s experience was not unique and there was a wider need to provide resources and information to children, parents, teachers, health professionals and emergency services in Hampshire.

Simon Says became a registered charity in 2001, and was formally launched in 2002 with Sally Taylor MBE as its patron, with the aim of supporting children and young people within Hampshire, who have a close relative/friend who has died or is dying. The death of someone important can have a devastating effect on a young person, but we know that given appropriate support and information, children and young people can be helped to understand what has happened and can be helped to rebuild their lives.

From our office in West Wellow Simon Says supports children, young people and their parents living in Hampshire, through workshops, support groups, and written information and documentation. Simon Says runs a telephone help line and offers befriending and counselling services. Support groups currently run in the New Forest (New Milton), Central Hampshire (Eastleigh), East Hampshire (Hilsea), North Hampshire (Basingstoke) and Gosport. The Groups offer the opportunity for families to learn from one another and share their experiences of bereavement with the realisation that other people have felt the same way which can be very reassuring in helping them through their bereavement journey. Simon Says also works very closely with schools and professionals working with children offering advice, support and training on coping with child bereavement.

Facts & Figures

It is estimated that every 22 minutes a child or young person in the UK is bereaved of a parent. It is estimated that 1 in 25 of school aged children (between 5yrs and 16yrs) will have experienced the death of a parent or sibling. This does not account for those who have lost another significant person eg grandparent, uncle, cousin or a close friend. Covering just Hampshire, the Simon Says Helpline receives over 2500 calls per year requesting support and/or information for helping bereaved children. An average of 900 bereaved children and young people attend the Simon Says support groups per annum. Almost 50% of the deaths Simon Says has supported, have been sudden deaths eg heart attack, road traffic accidents suicide, or murder.

via Simon Says.


The Society of St James manages a range of hostels, supported shared houses and independent flats for homeless people across Southampton (and increasingly, across the wider county), offering a total of 338 bedspaces across our services. We give our residents much more than just a roof over their heads. We give them a chance at a new future.

Our staff help residents to take steps towards a more fulfilling future. This might involve getting in touch with any specialist support that they need (like drugs centres or mental health support groups), developing their budgeting or cooking skills, facilitating their enrolment at a local college or university, encouraging them to take part in art,  music, or sports classes, or assisting them in starting some paid or voluntary work.

via Homeless Charity Hampshire | Society of St James.


The Rowans Hospice has been bowled over by money raised from a cricket match.

The annual Lockheed Martin and BAE Systems charity cricket match and raffle raised £2,200 for The Rowans Hospice.

Now in its eighth year, the fixture has raised more than £16,000 for the Purbrook hospice.

The Steve Rowling Memorial Trophy cricket match was started in 2005 after Mr Rowling died from cancer.

In his final days he was looked after by The Rowans.

Mr Rowling was an employee of BAE Systems in Waterlooville.

He played cricket for the company’s cricket team for 15 years before he died in 2003.

via Fundraiser nets thousands for The Rowans Hospice – Portsmouth News.



Romsey Abbey will provide a stunning backdrop to the music provided by Aurum Vocale. Led by David Clegg and conducted by Nicholas Wilks, the evening will be introduced by the Reverend Tim Sledge, Vicar of Romsey. Festive readings will be given by the author Lord Fellowes and cricketer David Gower. Professor Andrew Lotery will, of course, speak at the Concert.
Booking will open on the 1 October and tickets are priced at £35, £30 and £25 from Romsey Tourist Information Centre, 13 Church Street, Romsey SO51 8BT. Telephone 01794 512987 or on line through
THE CONCERT IS SOLD OUT EXCEPT FOR SOME £25 tickets. Please apply quickly if you wish to join us for this fantastic event.

via News and Events :: Gift of Sight.


Children, young people and staff from Naomi House & Jacksplace were lucky enough to meet first team players from London Irish Rugby Club this week.
They were given a guided tour of their new state-of-the-art training complex in Hazelwood, before taking part in a rugby masterclass with Jamie Hagan, Topsy Ojo and Tom Smallbone.
The day was made possible thanks to their sponsors, Upham Brewery, who also donated its shirt branding rights to Naomi House and Jacksplace at last Friday’s (24th October) European Challenge Cup game against Grenoble in France.
David Butcher, Director of Upham Brewery, said: “We were delighted to donate the space on the players’ shirts for last week’s game to Naomi House and Jacksplace. The brewery is community-focused and a keen supporter of the charity and their commitment to helping both sick children and their families who have to contend with severe illness.”
Activities Co-coordinator for Naomi House, Katy Robinson, said “The children, young people and staff had a wonderful time, and it was great to be able to offer them such a special opportunity! Our thanks go to everyone at London Irish for accommodating us and to Upham Brewery for making it possible. The players were brilliant with the children and made it a day to remember.”

via Children & young people meet London Irish Rugby Club.


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