Local charity Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care has recently received a cheque for £3,500 from IPMS Farnborough, a branch of the International Plastic Modellers’ Society.
The IPMS was founded over 50 years ago, and has grown from a few like-minded individuals to a multinational society spanning six continents. Farnborough’s IPMS has around 50 members and has supported Phyllis Tuckwell for a number of years. The majority of this latest donation was raised through Modelfest, the club’s annual model show, which was held last year on 15th September at King’s International College, Camberley. It will go directly towards helping fund the supportive and end of life care which Phyllis Tuckwell offers patients and families in West Surrey and North East Hampshire, who are living with an advanced or terminal illness such as cancer.
“Modelling helps alleviate the stress of daily life,” says IPMS Farnborough Club Chair Eric McLoughlin. “At the club we meet like-minded individuals, show our models and ask for constructive criticism. It’s all about helping others make the most of their skills. At Modelfest, clubs from around the UK meet to catch up with fellow modellers and show their models. We have a broad range of interests – military and civilian aircraft and vehicles, figures, space, science fiction, and the art of dioramas – making miniature scenes that tell a story in a snapshot. Most of us use commercially available kits, but some add details such as seatbelts, and a few build models from scratch, just using photographs or a set of plans. A number of our members and their families have used Phyllis Tuckwell’s services and this donation is our way of saying thank you and of passing forward something for the care and help of others.”
“We would like to thank Eric and everyone at Farnborough IPMS for this generous donation and for their continued support of Phyllis Tuckwell,” said Charli Quay-Barnham, Community Fundraising Manager at Phyllis Tuckwell. “Every day we support over 250 patients, relatives and carers – in their own homes, in the community, at the Hospice in Farnham and at the Beacon Centre in Guildford – but as the NHS/Government only covers 20% of our costs, we have to raise over £20,000 a day to do this.”