Community Support

January 2019:

As one of Matthew Douglas’ Directors, Russell has been running most Saturday mornings in Reigate Priory park in order to be able to support a very worthy local cause (and obviously to try to keep fit!).

LeatherHead Start is a former Night Hostel and began offering the following services as of June 2011:

  • Emergency, direct access, short-term accommodation for homeless men and women over the age of 18.
  • Accommodation for one established couple
  • 24 hour support
  • Individual key-working
  • A Learning Development programme, tailored to individual needs
  • Referral and resettlement into move-on accommodation
  • A tenant support service after resettlement in the community

As part of Matthew Douglas’ commitment to helping with worthy local causes, Russell can be seen here giving to Angela Carter, Managing Director of LeatherHead Start, a cheque for £1,300 (i.e. 26 Parkruns, £50 per run), given every 6 months. The money is used to pay for 8-week one-to-one counselling sessions for those residents in most need and here are some quotes as to how it is helping:

‘My counsellor really helped me. She listened to what I said, helped me to move forward and to learn important life skills.’

‘The sessions are really helpful – they are helping me learn things about myself and what triggers my negative behaviour.’

as well as a quote from Angela:

‘Over 60% of our clients arrive with mental health issues ranging from anxiety and depression to various levels of psychiatric illness, quite apart from the trauma and anxiety of being homeless.  The NHS takes many weeks to assess and offer treatment in non-urgent cases and one-to-one counselling is rarely available in the initial stages.  Thanks to your funding , last year we were able to pay for  51 counselling sessions for 6 clients – it really is one of our most valuable assets.’

To find out more about Parkrun, which holds free events every Saturday at 9am in 544 locations around the UK, please visit:

To find out more about LeatherHead Start, please visit:

September 2018:

Last week we held a  Macmillan Coffee Morning at our main Hadleigh office with around 40 people attending, both clients and friends.  Some lovely cakes were made and tasted divine.  The cake competition was judged by Georgia Hall and the winning cake was a Coffee and Walnut, baked by a friend of Grace Carpenter who won the day.

We  are proud to say we raised a staggering £198.20 all going to the Macmillan Cancer Support. If anyone would like to donate further they can by ringing 705550 on their mobile and then texting JAM KXP7.