Fundraising News

The Anders Nielsen Golf Day 2018

The Annual Anders Foundation Golf Day was held at the R.A.C. Club, Woodcote Park, Epsom, on Monday 11th June.

Great support - and great day had by all – even more so as the weather was wonderful. It’s so good to see many of Anders’ friends there from year to year.

Once again John Francome compered the auction with his great humour and helped us raise £9800 for the Foundation.

Thanks again to Rehanna Nielsen for her hardwork in organizing the event and raising items for the auction.

Once again, thanks to all.

Golf Day 2018

John Francome

Golf Day 2018

Garry Woodcock's winning team

The Anders Nielsen Golf Day 2017

The Anders Nielsen Golf Day took place at the RAC Woodcote Park, Epsom, on Monday 12th June; this year the weather was kind to all. There was even a hole in one!

Our thanks go to those who supported the day by participating in both the golf and the auction, to Rehanna Nielsen for organizing the event, and to John Francome for being our compere of the auction with his great humour and repartee.

As this is the Anders Foundation’s main annual fundraising event it was good to see so many of Anders friends taking part.

Thank you again for your support.


Our sincere thanks to the family of June Timperley (16 June 1932 - 22 March 2017) former English Badminton International and All England Championship winner, for the kind donations to The Anders Foundation totalling £652.25.

The Anders Nielsen Golf Day

The Anders Nielsen Golf Day was held again at The RAC Club Epsom on Monday June 20th and for the first time since its inception the weather wasn’t at all kind but this didn’t affect the impressive turnout or the fun! The scoring was lower than ever as heavy rain flooded many greens early on but the rain abated around halfway and a winning score of 82 was recorded by Gorm Nielsen and his international team!

Thanks must go to the RAC Club for keeping the course open amidst the heavy rain and for the players persevering with many of us thinking that Anders was somewhere laughing at us considering he would never have even stepped outside in rain like that let alone play golf! This was also our first Golf Day without partnering Sparks so the organisation was passed to Rehanna Nielsen who did a magnificent job and made sure that a healthy total was raised for the Foundation and it’s great causes. Thanks to all!

Anders Nielsen Golf Day 2016

Lorraine Brydie - London Marathon Experience

Morning started early at around 5.30am. This was it! The day had finally come. All those winter months spent pounding round Richmond Park, Cheam/ Epsom and further afield, with my running buddies and I am now an expert on the science behind nutrition, experimenting with protein, carbohydrates, gels, electrolyte drinks, etc., what to have and in what quantity as well as the no, nos, all to get the best possible performance out of me on the day. I was about to put it all to the test!

Nervously gathering at Greenwich for the start and seeing all the charity runners get ready, suddenly I realised, this is the reason why I am doing this. We are all here to run for our own special cause and raise as much funds as possible. From this point on I was able to relax and was now ready to soak up the amazing atmosphere that everyone talks about. The crowds were out in their thousands, cheering us all on. The bands were playing. It was electrifying! I ran alongside a Rhino, Upsy Daisy, a man with a washing machine on his back, two paddling Indians in a Kayak, four firemen in a boat and latterly Jesus carrying a cross running barefoot! All amazing people running for a charity that is personal to them.

Thank you to Anders Foundation for giving me this opportunity to be able to take part in such a wonderful event and also a huge thank you to all my sponsors for their support, whom have given so generously. I will never forget this experience.

Lorraine Byrdie

Lorraine Brydie

The Anders Foundation has funded many projects of which I have had the privilege of being involved as disability badminton coach at Wimbledon Racquets & Fitness Club including the following:

Coaching sessions at the Club and at Oak Lodge School for the Deaf (Balham) for their pupils.

The purchase of two sports wheelchairs and allowing me to go out into the community to promote wheelchair badminton.

The purchase of much needed adapted equipment to help our disabled badminton players.

This year the Club will host it's first county Parabadminton Tournament which The Anders Foundation sponsored.

With the exciting news of Parabadminton being included in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games the charity, together with Cares4Kids has funded Talent Spotting sessions aimed at youngsters aged 8-18yrs providing intensive coaching for talented players from a team of highly experienced coaches.

In the wider field they have provided wheelchairs for some of England's top flight players together with facilitating elite coaching from performance coaches.

I feel very honoured to be running in the London Marathon 2016 in aid of The Anders Foundation and being allowed to give something back to a very worthwhile charity that cares so much about disadvantaged and/or disabled youngsters and adults helping them to express themselves through sport and to be the very best they can be.

Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor me and donations will be quickly processed and passed to The Anders Foundation. Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity's behalf where the donor is eligible for this. I really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations.

Badminton Coaching Day

On Sunday, 1st November 2015, Another successful Anders Foundation Coaching Day was held on the 1st November at the Wimbledon Racquets & Fitness Club and a total of £776 was raised. Players of all ages and standards participated.

Once again supported by the following top coaches:

Gail Emms Olympic Mixed Doubles Silver Medallist, World Champion and All England Champion [At time of writing Gail has reached the finals of “Eternal Glory” on ITV on Tuesday at 8pm. She is now up against Matt le Tissier (Soccer) and James Cracknell (Olympic Rower)]
Nick Ponting All England Mixed Doubles Champion
Stuart Wardell former National Coach
Karen Beckman, Julie Bradbury, Tracy Dineen, Jo Muggeridge and Peter Smith, former Internationals

Badminton Coaching Day 2015

Gail Emms with Will and Emma Stoner.

Badminton Coaching Day 2015

Gail Emms and Peter Smith with their young group.

Badminton Coaching Day 2015

Sophia Nicolson, Adam Shepherd,Will Stoner with coach, Julie Bradbury

Badminton Coaching Day 2015

Lorraine Brydie coaching the young players.

Anders Nielsen Golf Day 2015

The Anders Nielsen Golf Day was held at the RAC Club Epsom on Monday June 15th and yet again we were blessed with great weather. Ginger Fox defended the team title with Nathan Robertson especially playing well. We hope to see everyone again next year and special thanks to our charity partner Sparks for organising another wonderful day.

Hole 6 Longest Drive 0-15, Muna Embongalame
Hole 6 Longest Drive 16-36 – John Shanley
Hole 3 Nearest Pin – John Shepherd
Hole 13 Nearest Pin – John Conteh
Hole 17 Nearest Pin – Mark Butcher

3rd Place – Ivanhoes
2nd Place – Mills & Boom
1st Place – Ginger Fox

Photo of Anders Nielsen Golf Day 2015
Photo of Anders Nielsen Golf Day 2015
Photo of Anders Nielsen Golf Day 2015
Photo of Anders Nielsen Golf Day 2015
Photo of Anders Nielsen Golf Day 2015
Photo of Anders Nielsen Golf Day 2015
Photo of Anders Nielsen Golf Day 2015
Photo of Anders Nielsen Golf Day 2015

Badminton Coaching Day

On Sunday, 21st September 2014 The Anders Foundation held a Badminton Coaching Day at the Wimbledon Racquets & Fitness Club.

There were sessions for U19, U15 and a group of twenty 5-8 year olds, as well as ladies, mens and mixed doubles and all Disability groups.

It was an enjoyable learning day and, thanks to the following coaches and our helpers, we managed to raise £955 towards ParaBadminton:

  • Gail Emms & Nathan Robertson – Olympic Mixed Doubles Silver Medallists, World, All England, European & Commonwealth Games Champions
  • Nick Ponting – World & All England Mixed Doubles Champion, Commonwealth Games Medallist
  • Karen Beckman – World and Commonwealth Games Medallist
  • Joanne Davis – former English International Player
  • Tracy Hutchinson – former English National Ladies Doubles Champion
  • Peter Knowles – former English Mens Singles Champion and Commonwealth Games Medallist
  • Peter Smith – former English International
  • Ben Beckman – English International and WR&FC Head Coach
  • and our helpers: Marion Eyles, Lorraine Brydie, Carol Webb

And yes, we will be holding a similar day in September 2015!!

Badminton Coaching Day

Gail Emms with the 5 – 8 year group.

Badminton Coaching Day

Gail Emms and Nathan Robertson with a captive audience.

Badminton Coaching Day

Nathan in his Anders Foundation T-shirt!

Badminton Coaching Day

Gail with a ladies group.

Badminton Coaching Day
Badminton Coaching Day

Coaches and helpers: Jo Davies, Nathan Robertson, Marion Eyles, Carol Webb & Tracy Dineen Hutchinson.

Tough Mudder 2014

The Anders Foundation were recently represented at Tough Mudder 2014 held at Cirencester Park on Sunday August 17th. Pictured are team members Nick Ponting, Lisa Ponting, Greg Herdman, Sam Weston and Mel Shorting. Over £500 has been raised so far!

Tough Mudder 2014

Tour du Mont Blanc

Clive Noel, a close friend of Anders, has entered the revered 'Tour du Mont Blanc'."

Clive says "This is a brutal Alpine cycling race covering 330 km and 8000 metres of one day, yes, one day! Most riders don't finish....I'll do my best not to be one of them."

News after the event from Clive:

Well, as some of you know, I had to withdraw from the Tour du Mont Blanc with mechanical failure, namely a snapped chain at the top of the Col du St Bernard, just over a 100 miles in.

A big disappointment as I was making very good time and feeling good. I had a support driver (thankfully !) and by his reckoning I was in the top 30 at that point. There was unfortunately no mechanical support for this race because of the sheer distance involved, and in the event of a snapped chain, it's game over.

There's no guarantee I would have finished anyway, as later in the day, there were quite horrendous storms, driving rain, wind and a significant drop in temperature, as happens at altitude, hence many riders were told to abandon by race marshals, as conditions were too dangerous to continue.

As we started in the dark at 5am, not great opportunity for photos unfortunately, but here are a couple...

From all the Trustees of the Anders Foundation, our thanks go to Clive and for his great fund-raising effort and safe return.

Clive Noel battling the Tour du Mont Blanc
Clive Noel battling the Tour du Mont Blanc

Anders Nielsen Golf Day 2014

The Anders Nielsen Golf Day held at the RAC Club Woodcote Park Epsom on June 16th 2014 was again a huge success with the weather again be very kind. The course was in great shape, as usual, and the catering was again superb.

Sam Gale and David Barker from Sparks were responsible for running the event in their normal extremely efficient manner and we are proud to share the spoils between The Anders Foundation and Sparks - two very deserving charities.

It is perhaps quite fitting that the overall team prize was won by the ‘Litebulb Meld’ team of badminton players including Nick Ponting, Dave Wright, Nathan Robertson and Rob Nock whilst Dave also won the individual prize for best stableford score of 43 points which has earned him a free trip to Mexico! Nick and Dave were best friends of Anders and there by his side through thick and thin as he struggled with his cancer whilst Nick is also a trustee of The Anders Foundation. Anders’ mother Heather Nielsen was also on hand to present the prizes and star in the photographs!

Thanks to all who played, sponsored and contributed to a great day and see you all again next year!

Photo of Anders Nielsen Golf Day 2014
Photo of Anders Nielsen Golf Day 2014
Photo of Anders Nielsen Golf Day 2014
Photo of Anders Nielsen Golf Day 2014
Photo of Anders Nielsen Golf Day 2014
Hole 13 Nearest The Pin

EBAD Training Camp

The English Para-Badminton Team was at Hatfield Sports Village at the weekend for a training camp with a little bit of a twist.

Fourteen of the England team travelled to attend the preparation camp before the first English International Open at Loughborough University next week. Nearly 100 players will be competing in an event featuring 23 classifications.

The England stars are preparing to take on some of the best players in the world and the tournament starts with classification on Monday and runs until Sunday, 28 June.

Last Saturday morning’s session was “a brilliant standard,” said coach Tom Mills – and there was a special surprise for the players in the afternoon.

The Anders Foundation is a charity that supports Para-Badminton in any way that they can and they sponsored the team to help organise some extra sparring players for match practice session in the afternoon.

Former world champions and Olympic silver medallists Nathan Robertson and Gail Emms, double Commonwealth gold medallist Jo Goode and All England champion and Commonwealth bronze medallist Nick Pointing all attended the training camp to give England’s para players a well-deserved reward.

Head coach Richard Morris said: “It was one of the best sessions I have ever seen. The two hours of constant matches created some amazing rallies and some very tight games.”

The players will travel to Loughborough to take on the best in the world with some great advice and matches from the weekend’s training. This will hopefully result in the squad accumulating a group of medals in all categories so good luck to all the players. Come on England!

The photos include Gail Emms and Nathan Robertson with Daniel Lee from Ebad and the group shot showing all the players.

Photo of EBAD Training Camp
Photo of EBAD Training Camp

Abseiling the iconic Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth

Many many thanks from the Anders Foundation to Lucy Cowen for her great effort!

From Lucy Cowen,

On Wednesday 4th June 2014 I really did test my nerves to the limit while abseiling down the iconic Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth!

It wasn’t until I was driving down the A34 on my way to Portsmouth that I really gave what I was doing much thought. As I drove through torrential rain showers I was beginning to get slightly hopeful that I might be let off the hook.

After being strapped into our harnesses, topped off by a hard hat and leather gloves, we were given step by step instructions and safety information. The guys from ‘Appetite For Adventure’ made it all sound so easy.

Then it was time to be clipped on and stepping very gingerly over the edge. The hardest part for me was actually making the final commitment by taking my left leg off the ledge, it is hard to believe that the ropes and harness will hold you.

I can’t say my descent was particularly spectacular, more an ungainly dangle down the very smooth painted wall!

Of course I did all this to raise money for The Anders Foundation which was formed as a legacy to Anders Nielsen who sadly lost his life in 2010 after a year-long fight with Cancer.

Lucy Cohen abseiling the iconic Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth
Lucy Cohen abseiling the iconic Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth
Lucy Cohen abseiling the iconic Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth

Tough Mudder Northwest 2013

On Saturday October 5th The Anders Foundation were represented at Tough Mudder Northwest, raising over £1000 so far! The team consisted of Nick Ponting, Jonty Davis, Greg Herdman, Lisa Ponting, Chris Hunt and David Hunt. It took the team 3 hours and 10 minutes to complete the 12 mile course through more mud than anyone could imagine, two obstacles that involved electric shocsks and the infamous 'Arctic Enema'!

We look forward to doing it again next year with a bigger team!

Tough Mudder Northwest 2013
Tough Mudder Northwest 2013
Tough Mudder Northwest 2013
Tough Mudder Northwest 2013
Tough Mudder Northwest 2013

Charity Bike Ride

What can we say about Craig Clelland and his "Tudor Team" of Neil Bromley, Lee Smith, Rob Stoker, Steve Brand, Jason Hancock and Alex Cooper, and their incredible bicycle ride from London to Edinburgh in so few hours on 2nd May?

They are simply amazing and our thanks go out to each member of the team for supporting the Anders Foundation in this way.

Thanks too to all those who have so generously donated to the Anders Foundation by supporting Craig and his team.

Charity Bike Ride

Craig Clelland and his "Tudor Team" of Neil Bromley, Lee Smith, Rob Stoker, Steve Brand, Jason Hancock and Alex Cooper.