PRESS RELEASE – Mayors Nominated Charities 2018

Scarf and New Forest Young Carers Service


The Mayor of New Milton, Cllr David Rice-Mundy, is pleased to announce that Scarf and New Forest Young Carers Service will continue to be his nominated charities during his second term of mayoral office this year.


During his first year of office, Cllr David Rice-Mundy was keen to raise awareness of these small charities, acknowledging how much they give and how vital their services are to the young people that both charities support. Accepting the challenge wholeheartedly, Cllr Rice-Mundy hosted an amazing Carol Service last December at St Mary Magdalene Church and a well attended Annual Charity Ball at Hoburne Bashley in March with some generous guests donating to the charities.


Other fund-raising events included a 70s disco organised by Town Council staff, with guests invited to boogie the night away at the Fawcetts Field Club House. A charity football match was arranged by footballing friends from Arnewood School, who played a high scoring 90 minutes game of football, plus a penalty shoot-out, with their friends contributing to play and spectate as well as giving raffle prizes. They raised £250 and donated the amount to the Mayors charities.


The Mayor is delighted that the local community have been so generous and giving on behalf of Scarf and New Forest Young Carers Service; ‘The work these charities do is truly amazing and I am grateful for everyone’s support. Young people with additional needs and stresses in their lives need our continual support.’


Scarf is a parent led charity, based in the New Forest, and they organise term time and holiday activities for children/young people with special needs and their families. Scarfs core belief is that all children and young people should have access to high quality, stimulating and exciting opportunities. Their regular term-time clubs include a multi sports, drama and youth club that run a whole range of activities during school holidays which include trying new sports like archery, taekwondo, surfing and canoeing, days out to local attractions, craft activities and many more. The young people and their families really appreciate these special moments that can be difficult to access without Scarfs support. Scarf relies entirely on grants and donations and welcomes any contributions and assistance with fund raising.


New Forest Young Carers Service provides a range of support services for young carers and their families in the New Forest area by providing information, listening and mentoring, support at school and being with the affected families. Just making things a little easier! Sometimes they organise trips and activities so that the young carers get a much needed break from their responsibilities and to be able to meet up with friends – to have fun as children should. The Young Carers Service is supported by lottery funding and if you may want to help, there are many options including volunteering, donating or funding, looking out for Young Carers or host and awareness raising workshop.


Cllr David Rice-Mundy wishes to highlight these charities again this year by raising awareness and raising funds for  their wonderful array of activities, making all their lives a little bit brighter and definitely bringing fun back into the youngsters lives.


The Mayor will again be hosting the Annual Carol Service on Saturday 1 December 2018 at St Mary Magdalene Church in New Milton with guest performers including La Nova Singers and the New Forest Children’s Choir.


Hoburne Bashley will be the venue for the next Mayors Charity Ball on 23 March 2019 – please contact for more information.


For further information on Scarf, email


For further information on Young Carers Service, email


New Milton Town Council 01425 619120

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