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From time to time, Connect runs local fundraising events, many of them are open to all, to help maintain the service we offer. These events include Quiz evenings, talks, concerts, walks and more.


Mayor's Fundraising Events on behalf of Connect & Disability Initiative

13th May   2017        Mayor’s Ball    Tickets  £70 to include 3 course meal, live band and attractions!  More details below.

There may be other fundraising events, specifically for Connect, and where applicable, these are also  listed below.


On Saturday 11th March

  • ‘Beat the Mayor’  QUIZ Night.    7pm to 10pm

We are delighted that Surrey Heath Mayor John Winterton has agreed to take part in this popular annual event this year, and you can pit your wits and knowledge against his team at this wide- ranging general knowledge quiz!    This event is solely in aid of Connect

The event takes place at St Paul’s Church, Crawley Ridge, Camberley   GU15 2AD.  

Form a team of up to six, there is a minimum donation of £60, for each team, payable at time of booking.  

Bring your own food and drink, too, although tea/coffee and cake will also be provided free, during the interval!

You must pre-book teams in order to enter the quiz. Cheques made payable to Connect Counselling Service.  

To book , contact Graham le Clercq on 01276 23675.  Limited spaces!



On Saturday 13th May  (evening event)

  • Mayor’s Ball

to include 3 course dinner , live band and additional attractions.

Held at Camberley Heath Golf Club, Golf Drive, GU15 1JG,  this is one of the Mayor’s fundraising events, for the two nominated charities, Connect and Disability Initiative.

Cost £70 per ticket.   or  Table of 10  –  £650


To find out more about fundraising, please call us, during our opening hours. –  01276 24210.

Some earlier Fundraising Events we have held included

Paul Kerensa3

In October 2015

Connect Counselling Service presented an evening of entertainment by Paul Kerensa, writer for BBC1’s Miranda and Not Going Out among countless others. 

On Friday 23rd October 2015, we were pleased to see many people come and hear Paul in his one man show at St Paul’s Church, Camberley GU15 2AD – and in the process helping Connect, as a fundraising event for the charity.

Paul Kerensa is a comic who plays at comedy clubs and cathedrals. He’s one of the few to have appeared both at London’s Comedy Store and on Radio 2’s Pause For Thought. A decade into his stand-up career, Paul’s one-man show has played to packed-out churches and other venues, including festivals from Spring Harvest, Greenbelt and New Wine, to the Edinburgh Fringe and Montreal Comedy Festival.


The event raised almost  £2600 , which was one of our best single fundraising events to date.

Thank you for your support for this event.  


To find out more, please call us, during our opening hours. –  01276 24210.


In September 2015: 

Connect was nominated by Waitrose FRIMLEY as one of the 3 charities they support through their Community Matters Scheme during September 2015.

Shoppers  collect  a green token at the checkout each time, and choose to support one of the 3 charities, by placing tokens in the particular glass container (near the checkouts), and Waitrose will then give a sum proportional to the number of tokens in the box.      

Thank you for choosing Connect Counselling at your Frimley branch of Waitrose last month.  We managed to raise £435 from that occasion – and coming out top that month.


One of our Trustees, Steve Isherwood, spent six weeks from the beginning of May 2014, walking along the Pyrenees in Spain and  people encouraged him and sponsored his efforts by making a donation to Connect. He followed two of the best known traditional pilgrimage routes to Santiago di Compostela; the Camino Frances (the Way of St James) and the Camino Finisterre, together totalling nearly 700 miles and varying in height from sea level to almost 5,000 feet. He was staying in ‘Albergue’ – Pilgrim Hostels, or camping en route. His biggest concern? He didn’t speak a word of Spanish! (before he went!).

We thank Steve for supporting Connect, in this challenging walk and also thank all those who sponsored Steve’s efforts .  


On Saturday 29th March 2014 at High Cross Church. The Camberley Rock Choir together with a band called ‘The Flood’ sang a selection of popular and well known songs. There was a good turn-out, and together, the evening raised approx £1982 for Connect.


We are also grateful for the Talent’s Project, run at St Mary’s by Chris Simons, which included the sale of her cards here at Connect, earlier in 2014, and raised over £1500 for Connect

On October 13th, 2012, we held An Entertainment Evening – Double Bill. in Camberley, where Guests were invited to pit their wits against a local panel (Geoff Andrew, Ted Crew & Simon Strachan) in our version of the popular show ‘CALL MY BLUFF’ , and then sit back and enjoy the music of Hampshire based folk group ‘BABY FACE NELSON AND THE CONTRA BAND.’ 

Proceeds were raised in support of Connect Christian Counselling Service.


Revd. Bruce Nicole, who is one of the trustees at Connect and local vicar, set out from Camberley on 10 June, 2012 to walk nearly 400 miles to Holy Island, in Northumberland to raise money for the support of Connect and for the St Michael’s Church building project. Read more about this major event, online at StMikesOpen4All and follow videos and photos during Bruce’s visits to communities along the way.

Bruce completed the walk on the 10th July!

Our Finance manager took the plunge in 2010 and undertook a sponsored skydive – Watch’s Sarah’s Skydive video by clicking on the play arrow below!

Thank you to all of you who have given generously in recognition of Sarah’s challenge. On 22nd July 2010 Sarah, made a jump over countryside in aid of Connect.

She wrote, before her jump

My attempt to boost our resources this year is to face the challenge of Skydiving, something I have never considered attempting before!   The jump will be from 12,000 feet with a freefall to 5,000 at which point we deploy the main parachute to gradually make our way back down to solid ground. There is no risk of me losing my nerve and failing to jump out of the aircraft as I will be strapped to an instructor who will effectively push me out! (I think this may be necessary as I was on a fairground ride recently and started to wonder what on earth I had done committing myself to jumping out of a plane!)

Her efforts on the day were recorded on film, as shown above!

Sarah's Skydive

You can always check with the office, what other events we may have planned in the future too.

May we take this opportunity to thank all those who have supported Connect over the years, at the events we put on.