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Keep your eye on the site for all the latest updates of news and upcoming event.


August 7th - Cake and Scone Sale -
We raised £80.50 from the Family Fun Day at Beechams Social Club and a further £27.66 from selling scones at The Henty Arms.


August 13th – Jane High Karaoke – Goring Conservative Club.

There was a raffle on the night – more fantastic prizes – donated by Holmbush Paintballing, Quasar Hub, Richard John to name but a few!

We raised £311.24 – of which Iona-May’s granddad – Nigel Thorne, raised £50.08 for singing ‘Love Me Tender’ – no mean feat when Nigel has not been heard singing in public before, so it took guts. Anything for his precious granddaughter!

Thanks goes to Jane and hubby Marc for putting on a fab evening!

November 10th - Wine Tasting Evening - Ferring Vineyard

The evening began with a talk about the vineyard and how the wines are produced. Then it was on to the best part of the evening... the wine tasting!
We sampled a selection of the wines produced at the vineyard before enjoying a tasty ploughmans dinner - which of course went perfectly with the wines at the vineyard!
We also had a raffle and a quiz and met some lovely people!

FaceBook Auction

The Facebook auction Raised £994 - a brilliant result with some lovely items donated-  Cherry Red Photography donated a £50 voucher, Candylove donated £10 voucher, The WoolBar are donated a voucher, as did Bowka and and we have also Matt Ttam donated a refurbished PC. NAH COmputer Services gave a computer service! And of course we had signed memorabillia from Peter ANdre, Pet Shop Boys, Dick and Dom.  Thank you so much to everyone who donated or bid! You guys are amazing!

We hope to hold another one in the near future so we will be looking for more items to auction.

If you can help please get in touch - no matter how big or small! Everything gratefully received.

Thanks to Angmering and District League Darts Club

who on Good Friday held a Charity Darts night and raised a whopping £360 for Iona-May.

Thanks guys - we really appreciate your support!

Easter Fayre 7th April at Ferring Village Hall

Well a fantastic day supported by local craft stalls and lots of games and activities for all. Big Bird made an appearance with easter eggs for all!

We raised an amazing £478.95 and thanks goes to Jennie and Laura Silver for organising a great event. Looking forward to the next one!

Thanks BDC!

A big thank you to BDC who had a mufti day at work and gave a generous donation of £106.10! Thanks guys!

Remember-you can help too–have a mufti day, coffee morning, cake sale, raffle, car wash at your workplace–every penny you

Live Music Band Night in aid of Iona-May

We had an amazing night, lots of good music. We have to say a huge thank you to the Bands – Maxibons, Faking It, Tyler Rome, Mick Short and Liquid Fuse – you were all fantastic.
Also thanks to Nick Hatton for helping to organise the event and to Jonson for everything you did on the night with the PA and the lighting.

And last, but by no means least, thanks to AMC Leisure – James and Andrew for donating the Empress Suite and helping to make the whole evening to go smoothly.

We also have to thank the people who so kindly donated prizes for our raffle –

Tribal Waves for the Paddle Boarding vouchers,

the Sussex Jewellery School for donating a jewellery lesson,

Balik Spa for vouchers for a Fish Pedicure, Holmbush Paintball and Quasar Hub.

All of you have helped to make this event successful and we appreciate that so much.

Bez Berry - Photoshoot

What can I say about Bez - his photography is brilliant and he generously donated his time to put together a 12 hours photo shoot along with his able accomplise Ed Dewey and Make Up Artist Lisa Thorne and assistant Kerrie Affleck on Hair. Together they made almost £500 offering an hours make up, followed by an hour in the studio. Many many thanks go to the team and to the wonderful people who took up the sessions. The results were amazing!

What is even more amazing is that Bez has offered to do it all over again (with Lisa on make-up) on the 23rd September at the Pedal for a Princess event - and get this - all slots sold out within 2 days!

Another wonderful friend we have made through Iona-May and the fundraising!

October 14th - The Last Resort - Comedy Night

Well an absolutely fab night at The Last Resort on 14th October with The Crazy Gang. Mick Short did an amazing job putting the show together. There was Mickey Take, Von Trapp Family Singers, Arthur Lager, the sexy Lexi Allure,Kevin Short, Big Rob and McDelstar. Some made fool bid on a Wayne Rooney signed photo.....The best bit of all - we just turned up and enjoyed the evening - thanks guys! Oh and the fact that they raised a massive £902 for Help Iona-May xxx

James Bond Theme Night

Well we had a fab night at the James Bond Night, despite not many people turning up. Lee Everett was absolutely brilliant as ever - thanks Lee! Thanks to Gary Cooper for providing a fantastic disco and to Kerrie Leanne Affleck for the Red Carpet Photo Opportunity - there were some cracking photos - check them out on her website And thanks to Ace Tec Leisure for providing the Roulette Wheel.

Thanks Again

Silvercakes (Jennie and Laura) have continued to come up trumps for the Help Iona-May fund. They have now raised £102 from Cake Auctions and sales of cakes.

10% of Silvercakes sales go to Iona-May\'s fund. If you need a cake for a special occasion or some cup cakes - head over to their site and check them out - and yes - they do taste as delicious as they look!

And keep watching this space - you never know there may be another auction!

Xmas and New Year

Well, an amazing response over Christmas and New Year - so many people to thank...

Several people gave donations in lieu of sending Christmas cards, Northbrook Guides and Brownies raised money at their Carol Concert, Rotary Club, Santa\'s Grotto at Guildbourne Centre(Thanks Brenda - this raised £500 for Iona-May!), East Preston Christmas Fayre, Cake Raffles (SilverCakes) and so many more.

A big thank you to Camelia Botnar Children\\\'s Centre who held a Where\\\'s Wally Day and raised money for William and Iona-May.

Thank you, every one of you. You have helped us reach and surpass the half way mark. We couldn\\\\\\\'t do this without you......

October 15th - Auction Night - Ferring Vineyard

Wow - what a brilliant night - The Auction for William & Iona-May hosted by Ian Towning, one of the dealers from ITV1\\\\\\\'s The Real Deal was a real success raising £2400 between the two children.

We had some fantastic lots from local crafts, paintings, jewellery, Teeth Whitening Course (thank you Strand Dental) a beautiful bangle from Corazon Latino, and a short break from Diamond Resorts. Thank you to everyone who donated such lovely things and thanks also to those who came and bid!

Thanks also to Mick Short and Greg Williams who provided the entertainment for the night.

AMC Leisure - Darts Night for Iona-May

A great night featuring (all the way from Australia... ) the 2010 World Championship finalist SIMON \\\\\\\"THE WIZARD\\\\\\\" WHITLOCK... and \\\\\\\"THE VOICE\\\\\\\" RUSS BRAY from the PDC.

13yr old Connor Levitt was amazing - so close to beating The Wizard when he was sponsored to play against him to raise money for Iona-May.

Many thanks to James and Andrew for putting on thr event and raising money for Iona-May. Almost £600 was raised on the night!

Worthing Fire Station Open Day - 30.07.11

We have to say another huge thank you to Worthing Fire Station for supporting Iona-May as one of their local causes at their Open Day. We were presented with a cheque for a massive £2000 - we are so very grateful!

Especial thanks goes to Debbie and Darren for agreeing to support Iona-May and for taking the time out to introduce Iona-May and her little brother Henry to the Fire Station before the event. As Iona-May cannot see it is important for her to feel at ease with her surroundings so a ride in the fire engine (just around the yard) with the sirens going really helped to do that. She had a really good time.
And as for Henry he loved dressing up and learning to work the water hose and rolling it up – a real fireman in the making. You really made his day!

• And on the day Becky and Mark’s Zumba Flashmob – wow what a turn-out. Some estimated 200 people were dancing in the arena – the atmosphere was electric – thank you guys! And of course, we even had some of the firemen joining in to – secretly practising ready for the big day – see you all in class next week? You can check out the video on YouTube:

Pirate Day 17.02.12

A fantastic pirate family fun day that raised £265.19 for Iona- May.
We had day demonstrations  from local companies including Worthing Thunder, Creation Station, Jo Jingles, CircusSeen any many more.

Professional photographer Simon Redhead was there taking photos of the kids in costume.

Crafts activities from Creation Station, Potty Creations and Pirate scrap booking making with Creative Memories and Face painting with Happy Headz.

There was a mega raffle with fab prizes and thanks to Yeoman Peugeot for donating the first prize - A service worth £150

A big thank you to Trish Murrell and the Maybridge Centre for organising the event - great job!

Summer Fayre 4th August 2012

£320 was raised at the summer fayre, held at the Goring United Reform church, organised by Jennie and Laura Silver. Lots of fun, activities, stalls and attended by Big Bird and Micky and Minnie Mouse (courtesy of Sophie Levett).

Thanks goes to everyone who attended and we are grateful for your continued support - where would we be without you all!

Boxing Day Dip

Well, thanks go to those brave souls who took to the water on Boxing Day to support Iona-May.

Mark Howard, Sarah Nolan, Andrea Thorne, Vicki Thorne and Sam Barnes raised over £700 through sponsorship for their efforts.

Thanks also to everyone who sponsored them!

Jamies Yates - Great South Run

Jamie took part in the Great South Run and raised almost £300 for Iona-May. Thanks Jamie - and well done!

Body Shop - Charity of the Year

We want to say a huge huge thank you to The Body Shop for adopting Iona-May as one of their 3 charities of the year alongside Brent Lodge Animal Welfare and Chestnut Tree House.

They have already been supportive giving us some lovely raffle prizes and they will be holding lots of events during the year.

Thank you Damien for thinking of us! We appreciate your support! x

Iona-May\\\'s Calendar Girls 2013

We have a fantastic calendar (currently in printing) which will be on sale very soon. Only £10 and all money raised will go to Iona-May.

Models Poppy Thorn, Lisa Thorne, Kerrie Afflec, Sam Baines and Gemma Jones have put together a saucy, but tasteful calendar for 2013.

To grab a copy contact Vicki or Andrea and we will arrange to deliver/send one to you.

Check out Facebook for a sneaky peak at the calendar!

DARTS Marathon

Saturday April 28th 2012, Darts Day at TMG Club, Broadwater

11.00 - 23.00 pm
Again a big big thank you to you Connor \\\'Knuckles\\\' Levett and Andy Caspali for taking part in the darts marathon - they played darts for 12 hours solid and raised sponsorship for Iona-May.                       

 Also to James Stephenson and Chis Levett for arranging the darts matches and exhibitions with one of the greatest legends of darts ... BOB \\\\\\\"THE LIMESTONE COWBOY\\\\\\\" ANDERSON !!

An amazing day with some very lovely supportive people who have also become good friends!

20p sMILE Event

Monday 4th June 2012 Worthing Seafront

We held a 20p challenge - to draw a picture from 20 pence pieces along Worthing seafront.

Skeleton Cru drew us an amazing picture and we covered it with 20p\\\\\\\'s. the result was an amazing 3d effect.

We raised an amazing £1135.98 and the proceeds were split between Iona-May and her good friend Zoe Ferrigno who is raising funds to go to Poland for Therapy.

Brighton Marathon 13th April 2012

Matt Buchanan ran the Brighton Marathon in aid of Iona-May on 13th April 2012.

As well as raising sponsorship Matt and his wife Gemma paid for the website domain name for another year - so thanks guys!

His race took just under 4 and a half hours to complete - so well done Matt!



Hi my name is Iona-May......

I was born 9 weeks premature, and as a result of a complicated birth have Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy.

The doctors didn't hold much hope for me, and gave my mummy the devastating news that I would not live past 72 hours at one stage, and although I have been strong and fought on I can not sit, stand, walk, or talk and I am registered blind. I suffer from seizures and have bilateral hip displacia (for which I am awaiting major surgery)

I am reliant on the assistance of my family and carers for all aspects of daily life.

I am nearly 5 and have just started primary school, (I go to Palatine special needs school in Goring)

I live in a house in East Preston, and my bedroom is upstairs. My mummy has to carry me up and down the stairs everyday, which is very hard for her as I am getting too big to carry.

I also have carers that come to look after me sometimes to give my mummy a break, but due to health and safety regulations and insurance policies they are not allowed to carry me up the stairs or lift me around the house, so mummy has to stay close in case I need her. (Which kind of defeats the point!)

It is also very dangerous when mummy has to give me a bath beacuse our bathroom is too small for specialised equipment so she has to lift me in and out and when I am slippery it is very difficult for her.

I need to have my house adapted to accommodate me and my wheelchair, I need a bedroom and bathroom on the ground floor. As well as having doors widened and thresholds lowered for access.

All of this comes at great expense, we have been told in the region of £60,000.

I am entitled to a grant from the local authorities but this will only cover half of what I need to complete the work.

This will make a huge difference to my life and to those who care for me, so I am asking for your help......



Fright Night - Saturday 27th October 2012

Introducing Fright Night in aid of \\\\\\\'Help Iona-May build a bedroom\\\\\\\'
Fancy Dress optional but we\\\\\\\'d love you to dress up!

TICKETS - £5 - Children enter their peril 

 Goring Conservative Club, Mulberry Lane, Goring
6pm til late

Raffle - Devils Dip - Bar - Hotdogs - Awesome music...
and some games you won\\\\\\\'t want to miss!
Please message Jennie or Laura if you would like a ticket and we will arrange delivery/collection

You will also receive a FREE hotdog and a FREE Raffle ticket with your entry ticket!

 All money raised during this night will go to Iona-May\\\'s funds so it\\\'s definately worth coming along!

I-Pod Prize Board - 23.09.12

We have been given an amazing prize - a £500 Ipod Docking Station courtesy of B&W Speakers

We have a prize board (1-500 squares) selling at £2 per square. We hope to complete the board on 23rd September so if you fancy a go, come to the Pedal for a Princess event or message us, pay for tickets by PayPal and we will allocate you a square!

We also have other prizes including a Bodyshop hamper, £25 M&S Vouchers, Litre bottle of Gin, £25 in National Garden Vouchers, Wine.....

Pedal for a Princess - Raising Money for Iona-May

23rd September 2012 - 10am to 6pm        

Iona- May loves to to go out on her new bicycle and the sensation of the wind in her face and is always smiling on a blowy day.

 The Make a wish Charity have wonderfully donated her a new state of the art disabled wheelchair bike which she adores.

 Maybridge Keystone Centre youth
group are to head a sponsored cycle with the community to help raise awareness of this wonderful bike and to generate the much needed funds they need and to raise funds for the youth group.
The childs cycle is from the Maybridge Keystone Centre to Goring Gap and back and Adults from the MKC to Brighton Pier and back.
You can purchase sponsor forms for £2.50 per child and £5 per adult,
from Trish Murrell event organiser and Vicki Thorne, Iona-Mays mum
Whilst the cycle is taking place we will be having a family fun day -
I am organising demonstration events for local children to come and join in with. The Worthing Churches Homeless project will be involved with their push bike scheme and will be there on the day to service bikes and have offered a bike to raffle off!
There will be a bbq, face painting, crafts/market stalls, bouncy castle, buckin bronco, Hawking About, basketball, shoot a goal, graffitti art competition, traditional games and much more.
From 4-6pm there will be a disco for the children (it will be free for all cyclists otherwise £1 per child).

 At 5.30pm All children that have taken part in the cycle will be awarded a certificate of excellence for helping a local child and making a difference in her life which the parents will be invited to come and see.