Latest News and Events

U18 World Bench Press Champion 2022 – Marcus Thornton

2nd June 2022

Marcus went to Kazakhstan at the end of May and won!

Announcement – Inspirational Award

9th May 2022

The DRF are pleased to announce a further Inspirational Award to Marcus Thornton (Bench Presser), who is competing at the World Classic Bench Press Championships held in Kazakhstan at the end of this month. For further information on Marcus' career...

News of Edeigh’s achievements

News of Edeigh’s achievements

19th March 2022

On Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th February, Edeigh and her team from Complete Dance Studios competed in the heats of the UK National Championships. They came away with two group wins, both claiming 1st place and a place in the...

ANNOUNCEMENT – 2022 Inspirational Awards

ANNOUNCEMENT – 2022 Inspirational Awards

23rd February 2022

As is traditional, The DRF are delighted to announce on David's birthday who this year's Inspirational Awardees are:- Dominic Hoskin (Golfer), Marley Read (Golfer) and Edeigh Irvine (Dancer).  Please follow this link for details of their achievements so far and...

Applications for Scholarship and Inspirational Awards open until 31/12/2021

30th October 2021

The application window for 2022 Scholarships and Inspirational Awards is open between now and 31st December 2021. If you know of any young aspiring musicians or sportspeople in the Essex area who are being held back by financial constraints, please...

Save the Date – DRF Santa Fun Run

More details to follow.

DRF Charity Christmas Cards

DRF Charity Christmas Cards

With Christmas just 55 days away, it may be time to turn your thoughts to buying those cards. Once again our popular charity cards are on sale at £3.75 per pack of ten, or three packs for £10. Postage will...

Auction – Cooky’s England Tour dartboard

21st August 2021

  Sir Alastair Cook (patron of our charity) has donated this unique item for auction at our annual fundraiser on Sunday 29th August. It is his personal Unicorn Eclipse Pro dartboard together with travelling briefcase and Unicorn Dart mate that...

Collecting tins – Costcutter

3rd July 2021

Mustafa Demirci, owner of Costcutters in Dryden Close, Maldon, was one of the first local businesses to offer to take a DRF collecting tin when the charity first started back in 2013. We never cease to be amazed with the...

Caprice Concert featuring Elodie

25th May 2021

The DRF are delighted to hear that the Caprice Wind Orchestra is planning for post lockdown, and has penciled in Saturday 16th October 2021 as their first post-pandemic concert in Chelmsford Cathedral and, as part of the concert, one of...

2021 Inspirational Award – Michael Hartnett

7th March 2021

The DRF are delighted to announce that we have granted an Inspirational Award to nineteen year old Michael Hartnett. Michael is a member of the GB Squad for LD Tennis.  He is hoping to be selected for the four man...

ANNOUNCEMENT – 2021 Scholarship

23rd February 2021

As is traditional on David's birthday, the Trustees wish to announce that they are awarding the 2021 Scholarship to Jessica Edom, an aspiring opera singer. Jessica is 24 years old, and currently undertaking a two year masters degree at the...

2020 Virtual Santa Fun Run Warm Up

7th December 2020

Following the postponement of this year's DRF Santa Fun Run, Trustee and Entertainer, Jimmy Ainscough, felt the need to generate some Christmas spirit for our applicants, ambassadors and supporters. Jimmy traditionally leads the Santa Fun Run warm up session. So,...

Tiptree Road Runners donation

29th November 2020

The amazing Tiptree Road Runners held a virtual run back in October, and raised a fantastic £550 in aid of DRF.  We are grateful for their support in these challenging times.

Charity Christmas cards

Our popular charity Christmas cards are now available, with a new design this year. Still £3.75 for a pack of ten, or three packs for £10.  If you would like the packs posted to you, there will be an additional...

Paul J King and their Christmas stars

The DRF are honoured to be chosen yet again as the nominated Christmas charity by Paul J King.  This is fantastic news. They will once again be hanging stars in the window at their new premises on The Causeway in...

ANNOUNCEMENT – Rock up for Randall 2020

ANNOUNCEMENT – Rock up for Randall 2020

4th August 2020

It is with real disappointment & regret that we are not able to hold Rock Up for Randall this year. The DRF team have worked hard to organise the event in line with government guidance, but the latest restrictions on...

Inspirational Award news – Lewis

6th June 2020

Lewis' first race of 2020 was on Valentines Day, a grid of twenty one drivers competing with young adults up to the age of eighteen. He qualified 8th but spun out a complete 360` in spectacular fashion and dropped to...

Scholarship News – Joe

24th May 2020

The DRF are pleased to say that a contribution has been made towards a new bicycle for Triathlete Joe Lane. Despite the suspension of all worldwide events this year, Joe is committed to his cause, and is still training hard...

ANNOUNCEMENT – 2020 Scholarship and Inspirational Award Honours

23rd February 2020

As is traditional on David's birthday, the Trustees wish to annouce who they are awarding a Scholarship and Inspirational Award to this year. Firstly Joe Lane, Triathlete, is awarded a Scholarship to support him in his quest to qualify for...

Essex Police Choir and Band donation

30th December 2019

DRF Trustee Sarah was delighted to attend the Essex Police Choir and Band Christmas concert on Saturday 14th December at the Trinity Methodist Church in Chelmsford. The evening culminated in a presentation by Chief Constable BJ Harrington and Choir Chairman...

Season finale – Lewis

25th November 2019

The DRF have been delighted to sponsor Lewis again this year. Both the Jenson Cup and Evo Cup go-karting seasons run February to November, points are awarded along the way with the results of each race.  Lewis achieved fourth and...

Latest news on GoKarter Lewis

21st September 2019

Lewis has trained hard during September, participating in spin classes and long bike rides, showing determination to do well in the last few races of the 2019 season.  He has improved his race craft skills, in particular blocking. His consistent...

Maldon Mud Race Presentation Evening

13th September 2019

This year's presentation was held at the Porsche Centre Colchester.  Race winners as well as the nominated charities were invited to receive their awards. DRF Ambassador Martyn went along as our representative and received a cheque for £1,000 for which...

Elodie’s forthcoming concert at the Maldon United Reform Church – 12/9/2019

1st September 2019

Elodie is performing locally on Thursday 12th September at one of the "Churches Together" in Maldon's Monthly Lunchtime Concerts.   Coffee and Tea are served from 12.15pm onwards.  Please feel free to bring your lunch and come and go as you...

Elodie and her sister perform at Rock up for Randall

It was a special moment for the DRF family to see and hear Elodie perform in front of the Rock up for Randall crowd recently. Her choices of music were inspired and her performance was mesmerising.  Elodie is clearly passionate...

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