Camp Cando – 2015

We will commence our preparations for Camp Cando 2015 which will run from 9th to 14th August 2015.


Camp Cando 2014

Camp Cando 2014 ran from 17 to 22 August. Our theme for the week was Pirates with Team Jolly Roger lead by Captain Hook (Helen) and Team Black Pearl led by Captain Jack Sparrow (Mark). We started the week with a treasure hunt through the woods and our campers found two treasure chests full of bandanas, eye patches and swords and captain’s hats. Our Arts & Crafts co-ordinator (Lyn) had everyone engrossed in making more treasure chests out of egg boxes and ships out of juice cartons. Everyone did very well and produced some lovely pieces. We took a break from our ships when we visited Drusilla’s Park near Alfriston and the beach/fun fair at Hastings. This year we also had a go at archery and everyone proved they were rather good hitting the target several times with a few bulls-eyes being hit. Obviously all the practice on their ships had not been wasted. Some of us chose to do abseiling instead to get into practice for climbing the rigging on our ships – a few fears were overcome and we all did extremely well. Our new Campers and new Counsellors settled in very well and the whole week soon disappeared into the horizon. It was very sad when we all had to say goodbye at the end of the week. Have a look at some of our photos in the Gallery section.


2014 – Final preparations

We are putting the last of our plans together for another fantastic year’s events from 17 to 22 August. We are delighted to have several new volunteers joining us this year and sure they will have as much fun as the oldies! As well as the new volunteers we are delighted to have a couple of new campers too but can’t forget the ones that are returning for another fun filled week. Visit us again to see how we all get on.



Do you know someone who would like tickets to see One Direction in concert at Wembley, if so read on and share – THIS IS A SERIOUS OFFER:

We have 3 VIP tickets for One Direction concert at Wembley on 6th June. Entry into a VIP box, including food and drink, positioned on the centre line. Other guests will also be present in the box. At least one responsible adult must attend with children under the age of 16.

To bid for the tickets send an email to stating name and how much you would be willing to pay. Photographic ID of all participants will need to be provided clearly showing age of responsible adult which will be used to gain entry to the box.

Closing date for entries: 5pm on 2nd June. If you are the winning bid you will be notified by e-mail and payment will need to be made by debit/credit card via the VirginMoneyGiving website by 5pm on 3rd June and proof of payment supplied by e-mail. Once proof of payment is received the tickets will be e-mailed to you.

All proceeds will go to Camp Cando.

The package (tickets, VIP box, food & drink) have been generously supplied by Intechnology.



After four torturous days the trepid explorers finally reached their destination after walking from Wallsend in Newcastle upon Tyne to Wallsend in Bowness on Solway over the Easter weekend. Mark Cocker, Carl Cocker, Mark Drummond, Steve Smith and Julie Matthews managed to raise a fantastic £6,000. Well done to all and hope all the sore feet and legs are finally better.


Foyle Foundation

We are pleased to announce that we have received a grant of £4,000 from the Foyle Foundation to cover the costs of the accommodation in 2014. The Foyle Foundation is a privately run organisation that was set up to support charities within the UK. For more information please visit


Thank you to Steve Hodges

A big thank you to Steve Hodges of Astro Communications who completed the Lincoln 10k road race in support of Camp Cando on Sunday, 6 April. Steve has raised £1,500 towards our activities in 2014. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Steve and all his supporters for their amazing generosity.


Annual Accounts

2013 Annual Accounts have been submitted and accepted by the Charity Commission. Full details are available on the Charity Commission website.


Pool & Darts Fundraising night

On Friday, 28 February 2014 we held a Pool and Darts fundraising event at Wickford Snooker Club and raised £355. Thanks to Ian and Carol Drummond for organising this successful night


Camp Cando 2014

Plans will soon commence for Camp Cando 2014 which will run from 17 – 22 August. If you would like to either volunteer or know of a suitable young person who would benefit from a week of fun and activities please let us know by sending an e-mail to


Camp Cando 2013

Camp Cando 2013 ran from 17-23 August with 16 campers and 18 helpers able to join in the fun. What another fun packed week was had by all. We had amazing weather and enjoyed Woodland Walks, visits to Tropical Wings petting zoo and our infamous trip to Hastings where many of the campers and helpers enjoyed themselves on the rides. Our theme for this year was the Circus with teams of Clowns and Jugglers creating a great opportunity for lots of circus related arts and crafts and fun at our Big Top Bananza. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in making this such a successful Camp. Have a nice rest and see you in 2014.


Camp Cando 2012

In 2012 Camp ran from 19-24 August with 14 campers and 20 helpers able to join in the fun. We started the week off with a woodland walk on the Sunday evening. We ventured out on Monday to Paradise Wildlife Park where everyone enjoyed the experience, especially the self-contained play area for children with special needs. Wednesday was spent on a trip to the beach at Hastings. Several campers chose to spend their time at the fun-fare with their helpers in tow. There was a few green faces at the end of the day! Others opted for a more leisurely walk along the beach collecting shells and pebbles, and free ice-creams being handed out by the local police department. Our other days were spent around Carroty Wood with activities including swimming, low ropes, outdoor games and a selection of arts and crafts. Our theme for the week was, of course, the Olympics and everyone enjoyed the Olympics team games with both teams winning gold! The week was finished off with a BBQ and disco on the Thursday evening followed by songs around the camp fire. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our helpers for their magnificient support during the week.


Changes in Administration

Our Chairperson, Trupti Mistry, stepped down at the end of Camp Cando 2012 and we are very grateful to Mark Cocker who has taken up this very important role. Mark will bring strong leadership to the role and ensure we continue to offer the most enjoyable experience to our young campers.

Our Camp Director, Liz Dack, resigned after an amazing 5 years to take a well earned rest. Thank you Liz for making it all happen. Her successor, Steve Smith, has a big pair of shoes to fill but has been involved in Camp Cando for 25+ years so takes this role on with a wealth of knowledge and experience.

Julie Matthews has taken on the role of Camp Secretary and has replace Maryl Kahl after a fantastic few years at the helm. Julie has quite a job on her hands keeping us all in order but her experience as an Executive PA will ensure she doesn’t let us off lightly!






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