Chairs Update – February 2018

Dear Ambassador

I wrote recently about the major investments we have been making in our website and systems as we build a solid platform for both the growth of our organisation but also building an administrative function capable of supporting future Chairs and Board Members. The intention of this being to allow them to focus more on the promotion of the very varied events,activities and causes we look to support.

We are still very much in the infancy stage but I would like to thank Tracey Hopkins for the many hours she puts in daily to ensure the smooth adoption and integration of these various new processes.

We welcome any feedback you may have. If you are having issues logging in please contact myself or Tracey.

New Members

I am delighted to announce that this month we have had 5 new members.They are listed below and we provide a warm welcome to each of them.

              Dawn Pardoe – PW Media

              Michael Doolin – Clover HR

              Michael Purton – Editor of the Worcester News

              Stanimira Stavreve – Dentist

              Simon Gill   Partner –  Gately PLC

St Richards Hospice 50k Challenge

The take up and support for this event has been remarkable and I would like to thank Board Director Philip Fowler for leading with this event.

We have over 20 Ambassadors signed up and a further 30+ expressing interest. Please see the invitation below if you are thinking about joining us.

We are planning to hold a Q&A session on the 20th March at the Hospice so that one of the Hospice Team can talk about their experience of doing the Thames Path Challenge. Also this is your chance to ask any questions you have and meet your fellow walkers.

Details are as follows:-

5.30 pm   Arrival at Hospice for /drinks/light refreshments

6.15 pm Sara Matthews will do a short presentation and share her experiences of the  Thames Path Challenge and provide some insights, hints and tips

6.30 pm Q&As about the challenge and a short update on the Build 2020 appeal

6.45 pm Continue conversations and refreshments

We also promised to do monthly training walks to help get you fitter and to meet the rest of the walkers in the team. The first walk will be on the 25th March starting from Pitchcroft in Worcester. Please pencil in the 25th in to your diary. More details to follow.

In the meantime we do hope you can attend on the 20th March at the Hospice.

RSVP to Tricia Cavell


We have already committed to 12 sponsorships this year alone. These range from Frankie Tsangs Chinese New Year Celebrations, Chris Jaegers Worcester Live bringing classical music to care homes and Stuart Allen’s twitter phenomenon #worcestershirehour .

Please see the web site for our criteria for sponsorship.

Giraffes – Worcester Stands Tall

The Giraffes are coming to Worcester as most of you will know. Over 30 full size multi coloured Giraffes will be on show across Worcester in the summer . These have been sponsored by many County businesses including many Ambassadors.

I would like to confirm that as, Sponsoring Partner, the Ambassadors will have their own very special Giraffe, of which the artwork was created by a County Artist. This has been solely selected by Derek’s granddaughter Mollie and will be entitled “Senor Fradge”

There is much more to come on this I can assure you.


I am pleased to report that the Ambassador Social Evening at the Wagon Wheel on Tuesday 17th April has SOLD OUT. It was Derek’s favourite place and is a testimony to the great affection we all held for this great man.

PSA Testing – Sixways – Thursday 19th April

I attach the link  for this very important annual event. We have already had over 200 men booked and with 250 tested last month in Redditch,we are well on the way to achieving our target of testing 1000 men in 2018.!event/2018/4/19/worcestershire-ambassadors-annual-psa-testing

Ambassador Annual Cricket Day Friday 11th May –  sponsored by BRI Wealth Management

This day is always a sell out and with over half the tickets sold, Richard Madley is our guest speaker for the day.

So please book early to avoid disappointment either directly through the website or with Tracey!event/2018/5/11/worcestershire-ambassadors-annual-cricket-dayworcestershire-v-essexguest-speaker-richard-madley

Worcestershire Education Awards

Do you know a great teacher, brilliant school or a childminder with a heart of gold? Is there someone who amazes you by giving up their time, week-in week-out, to help educate youngsters through sports teams, scouts or brownies?

If so, the Worcester News wants to hear about them.

Finalists shortlisted for the awards will be invited to a black tie gala event where the awards will be presented.

The awards will be a wonderful way of recognising the hard work, passion and dedication of those who inspire and educate throughout Worcestershire.

To nominate follow this link, Worcestershire Education Awards news from the Worcester News

There are many other county events listed on our website – please take a minute to review –


It is pleasing to report that momentum in many areas is continuing and please do not hesitate to contact myself or any Board directors for further information.

Thank you for your continuing support


Philip Dutton