Latest News and Events

East London Cabbies Outing 2019

20th June 2019

Watch this space for details of route and timings.  Our army of volunteers will be out in the next few days armed with balloons for you to decorate your house frontage and give our guests from East London a warm...

Scholarship news – Elodie

9th June 2019

The Chineke! Foundation was established in 2015 to provide career opportunities to young Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) classical musicians in the UK and Europe. Chineke!’s motto is: ‘Championing change and celebrating diversity in classical music’. The organisation aims to...

News of rower Jake

So proud! Our former scholar, Jake Offiler, is competing in this weekend's Scottish Rowing Championships as part of the Edinburgh University Boat Club team. Yesterday, the team won gold medals in the Mens 8+ competition.

Inspirational Awardee – Lewis

21st May 2019

Lewis has had an exciting month starting with the Jenson Cup, qualifying in first place.  He held on to his first place for the full 40 minute race right until the finish line.  The marshall did not even know who...

Inspirational Awardee – Warwick

11th May 2019

Warwick recently participated in his first competitive triathlon of the 2019 season.  Together with his girlfriend, Jodie, they blog on the experience.  Its an honest and humbling read, and shows Warwick's committment to gaining that GB place later this year....

Scholarship News – Elodie

News reaches us that Elodie has been invited to be one of this year's featured soloists for the Colne Philarmonic Orchestra.  She will be participating in their concert "A Medley of Mendelssohn" on Saturday 6th July at Witham Town Hall....

Nikki & Mark’s 25th Wedding Anniversary

6th May 2019

Nikki and Mark recently celebrated their 25th Wedding Anniversay, and very kindly asked their guests to donate to the DRF instead of buying presents.  Their generosity resulted in a wonderful donation of £930, which will allow us to fund several...

Matt Oaten selected for the England Deaf Football Squad

25th April 2019

We are proud of Matt and will keep you all updated with his progess in this summer's championship in Crete.

Inspirational Award News – Lewis

7th April 2019

Lewis has been competing again in the Evo Cup.  The family had car trouble on the way to the venue making him late for the qualifier, and was lucky that the organisers allowed him to gain five important minutes on...

Inspirational Award News – Warwick

Warwick and his partner Jodie keep us entertained with their latest blog:-  

Scholarship news – Elodie

26th March 2019

Elodie recently had a fantastic experience playing a little-known modern violin concerto by the Latvian composer Peteris Vasks called 'Distant Light' with Edinburgh University's String Orchestra! She said "It was my first time playing a full concerto with orchestra and...

Inspirational Award update – Lewis

12th March 2019

Lewis recently entered into the Evo Cup, even though he was told it was a much higher level than he currently was.  The organisers thought he would gain benefit from the  experience of following the more experienced drivers.   His mum,...

The Essex Police Choir choose DRF as a Charity of the Year

CHOIR CHOOSES LOCAL CHARITIES   Having last year raised money for Colchester Cancer Centre Campaign and SSAFA, Essex Police Choir, as part of their 30th Anniversary celebrations, have chosen two smaller, local charities to support in 2019.   The David...

Arise Sir Alastair

26th February 2019

Congratulations to Cooky. Whilst recognised primarily for his exploits with a cricket bat it is also reward for how he has carried himself as a man. Many have to crack a few eggs to get to the top in any...


23rd February 2019

It is traditional for news of new DRF Scholarships and Awards to be published on David’s birthday, and today, 23rd February, the Trustees are delighted to reveal that they have awarded three Inspirational Awards for 2019, in addition to the...

Scholarship news – Elodie

Elodie wrote to the Trustees recently to say "I've been having a really great time rehearsing chamber music with two lovely Accordion players on the Masters course at the Royal Academy! I'm performing four movements from a Suite in the...

Maldon Mud Race presentation

19th February 2019

The Maldon Mud Race Committee work hard all year round to ensure that the annual event is a success, raising lots of money for local charities in the process.  We are delighted to accept this cheque for £1250 and are...

Award for Scholar Jake

10th January 2019

DRF Scholar Jake Offiler has won the coverted Globe RC "Rower of the Year". Jake is now studying at university in Edinburgh where he is continuing his rowing development. Congratulations Jake - keep inspiring!  

Scholarship news – Elodie

29th December 2018

News reaches us that our scholar Elodie recently visited Mumbai.  She had the opportunity to lead the second violins of the Grand Philharmonic Orchestra.   What a marvellous experience. Elodie took our DRF Bears with her, and sent us some photos. ...

A Knighthood bestowed on our Patron

A fantastic acolade for a fantastic role model.  We are so proud of Sir Alastair.

Scholarship News – Elodie

10th November 2018

Elodie recently played Brahms at a fundraisers concert for Future Talent, and the venue was a beautiful ballroom inside the Lansdowne Club!  She said "I had several lovely comments from members of the audience about my tone, and at the...

DRF Christmas Cards now available

Once again we have two lovely designs to chose from.  Packs of ten, £3.75 each or three packs for £10.  Please email to order yours.

Scholarship news – Lewis

We've got lots to report on Lewis. October saw him compete in a double race and in the first one with only two minutes to go to the finish, Lewis lost out on his first podium finish and ended in 4th...

Scholarship awarded to Elodie Chousmer-Howelles

23rd October 2018

The trustees are delighted to announce the awarding of another scholarship. Our deserving recipient is Elodie Chousmer-Howelles, a 19 year old violinist from Chelmsford. In 2016, Elodie was announced as the new leader of the National Youth Orchestra of Great...

Go-karting at Buckmore Park – 16th October

30th September 2018

Ambassador, Steve Morris, is organising a go-karting event at Buckmore Park in Chatham, Kent raising funds for DRF. All welcome to come along and compete for the David Randall Trophy. Open to everyone   Please contact Steve on 07885 295966 if you...

Scholarship news – Lewis

Lewis' Mum has been in touch with news of another exciting race. He managed to qualify in 2nd place and when it came to the actual race Lewis spun out due to being clipped from behind which was such a...

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