Due to a temporary technical issue, we are currently unable to update our 'latest news' page at this time. However, so much is still happening at INS!  Follow us on social media to find out more on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram - and watch out for our Summer Newsletter coming soon!

Thank you for another successful INS Quiz Night!

We would like to thank everyone for making our latest virtual INS Quiz Night held on 4th February such a success.

With your help, over £800 in ticket sales and online donations was raised on the night and shortly after the event towards the work of INS - thank you for your support! We would also like to share our appreciation for our quizmaster Keith and to all those who took part in an enjoyable evening, of sometimes quite challenging questions!

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Our Winter 2021-22 Newsletter

It's been a busy few months at INS - find out what's been happening by clicking here to view our latest Winter Newsletter.

To see the last few editions, please see our Newsletter page.

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INS Christmas Cards

** UPDATE: We have now suspended online sales of INS Christmas cards for 2021 in time for last posting - thank you to everyone who made a purchase. More opportunities to buy cards will be available in the New Year **

We are still offering a chance to purchase our popular Christmas cards, available to buy now from INS during office hours as 3 packs of 10 for £10To order online, please click here and scroll down to select the greetings cards option from the drop-down list under 'Why are you donating?'. We will then post your cards to the cardholder address. More details about the process can be found by clicking here. Alternatively, phone us on 020 8755 4000 or e-mail us at: [email protected]

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INSight meeting

INS offers regular meetings with our users to discuss current issues and listen to feedback.

It's been a busy time at INS in recent weeks. The most recent meeting of our INSight group took place via Zoom videolink on Wednesday 17th November.

If you are an existing INS client or carer and interested in joining the group next time, please contact [email protected].  

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Bridge Evening

We had to reschedule our Bridge event, which was postponed from last year.

Existing ticket holders were contacted by the Friends of INS with details.

UPDATE: This event raised around £1500! Thank you to everyone for taking part and raising funds for INS!

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Roger did it! Raising over £570 for INS at the Richmond Runfest!


** UPDATE: After months of training over the summer, Roger Metcalfe succeeded in completing the half-marathon event at the recent Richmond Runfest held on Sunday 12th September. Despite a busy schedule with the Army at home and abroad, and with voluntary commitments at home, Roger was able to raise over £570 for INS. His JustGiving page is still open so please do consider a generous donation to support the work of the charity. **

Roger Metcalfe, a member of the Friends of INS writes "This is the third Richmond Runfest where I have raised funds for INS by running a half-marathon.  The others were in 2018 and 2019; there was no event in 2020 of course! Friends will know, but many others might not, that INS is a registered charity providing a range of vital services that are not available through the NHS. People with a neurological condition such as stroke, multiple sclerosis (MS) and Parkinson's disease, and of course their carers, can benefit from the help that INS provides. I became a Friend of INS a few years ago because I recognised the importance of INS as a local charity providing help for people to make a real difference to their lives... Please donate through my JustGiving page! Thank you!".

You can still show your support for Roger's efforts by visiting his JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/rogermetcalfeins.

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'INS in Lockdown' - an anthology from our Creative Writing group

Our fantastic Creative Writing group at INS have come together to create and self-publish an 'INS in Lockdown' anthology. The group has encouraged and supported each other throughout lockdown over Zoom supported by Ruhi Grover.

The book is an opportunity to celebrate their work and raise funds for INS. To purchase a copy of the book on Amazon, please click here.

To hear the interview with the group by Hazel Butterfield which was broadcast on the Women's Radio Station, please listen as a podcast here on Soundcloud.

Thank you to the group, Ruhi, Simon and Helen for all their hardwork.

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Join INS and the Captain Tom 100 Challenge

** UPDATE: With your support, over £800 has been raised so far in support of INS - thank you to everyone for their efforts and generosity! **

Join INS and the Captain Tom 100 Challenge

Supporting INS through the #CaptainTom100 challenge will help us raise funds to provide essential services for people with neurological conditions as they adapt to life after lockdown.

Get involved

To take part, you can either fundraise for INS or donate directly to the campaign. Challenge activities are based around the number 100, and can be done anytime and anywhere from Friday 30th April through to Bank Holiday Monday 3rd May.

INS staff and supporters are busy planning their challenges and we’ll be posting regular updates on our Twitter and Facebook pages. If you’ve got any additional challenges you would like to put to the INS team, do let us know.


What can you do

  • The 100 challenge can be anything you like – from walking 100 steps, scoring 100 goals, baking 100 cakes, climbing 100 stairs, hopping 100 laps of the garden, writing a 100-word poem, eating 100 Maltesers or flipping 100 pancakes – anything at all, inside or outside, as long as it is in line with current social distancing guidelines.
  • Take on your 100 challenge any time between Friday 30 April and Monday 3 May
  • Share your challenge on social media – just use #CaptainTom100 and tag INS


Fundraise or donate to INS

To start your fundraising challenge or make a donation to INS click here or go to the orange Donate button at the top of each of our website pages.

Last year we had an amazing amount of support for the 2.6 challenge and raised over £2,000 - with people completing lots of interesting challenges - from paintings and poems to exercise tasks and cooking.

Let us know if you decide to get involved this time and what ideas you come up with. We’d love to see photos of what you’ve achieved! 

Thank you to everyone for your support!

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Squire's Sunflower Seed campaign to raise funds for INS

** UPDATE: This campaign has now ended and raised £286.81 towards the work of INS. Thank you to everyone for their support. **

Squire's Garden Centre in Twickenham has kindly supported INS over the years by helping us raise funds and collecting customer donations. 

Samantha Cuthbert is Squire's Garden Centres PR Manager and has told us about an exciting new campaign to raise more money for INS and cheer people up at the same time! "Throughout April Squire's will be giving away free packs of sunflower seeds to children in return for a donation to your charity". 

To take part, just pick up a free pack of sunflower seeds and a growing guide from Squire’s Garden Centre Twickenham Information Desk on Sixth Cross Road from 1-30 April. One pack of sunflower seeds per household, under 16s only, while stocks last. A donation to INS is invited by simply popping some cash into the collection box and an additional 30p from each pack of seeds will go to BBC Children in Need. Please see here for more details.

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Virtual event on COVID-19 vaccine for people from Richmond's BAME communities - 23rd March 2021

** UPDATE: This event has now taken place but look out for news of future events **

A panel of health and care experts from across Richmond upon Thames chaired an online question and answer session to help provide reassurance on the coronavirus vaccine to concerned people from the borough’s Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.

Hosted by Ravi Arora from Multicultural Richmond, the event took place virtually between 2 and 3.30pm on Tuesday 23rd March. It enabled those with concerns about the coronavirus vaccine to put their questions direct to local health and care experts.

Please see this poster or visit this page on Richmond Council's website for more information. Registration for this event has now closed.

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Census 2021

** UPDATE: The online Census 2021 has now closed - please go to www.census.gov.uk for more information. **

The latest census took place on 21st March 2021 and the Office for National Statistics (ONS) need your help to make it a success. Data from the census is used to make decisions about the services you use, and so by taking part in Census 2021 you will be helping to make sure these services get the funding they need. Census data is used to make funding decisions for local services like GP surgeries, bus routes, and libraries. The information you provide in the census could also be used by emergency services who want to know where best to allocate their resources to help the most people.

You will be receiving a letter from the ONS in the post in the next few weeks with a unique access code. This code will allow you to complete the census online. If you would like to request a paper census form or you need any help, please call 0800 141 2021 to speak to one of the ONS advisors or check their website: www.census.gov.uk. All the information you need to complete the census and to get help will be in the letter. 

The ONS take your data security incredibly seriously and will never share your personal information. Completing the census is completely free. No one from the ONS will ever ask you for bank information or ask you for money in relation to Census 2021. It is a legal requirement to complete the census, and the ONS are trying to make it as easy as possible for you to do so. If you have any questions or concerns about the census, feel free to check out www.census.gov.uk or call 0800 141 2021. 

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INS at the UK Stroke Forum

Our physiotherapist Marie-Anne and occupational therapist Alex attended the UK Stroke Forum from 7th to 9th December 2020, presenting their research poster (below) on providing a virtual service to INS clients over the past 10 months. We found our virtual service supported positive changes in function, fitness, well-being and reducing social isolation to our clients in South West London.  

Marie-Anne says "So many brilliant speakers presented with key take home messages focussing on the need for long-term service provision for all stroke survivors and tackling health inequalities. There is currently a lot of focus on the brain, the individual, and early intensive rehabilitation, but not on the longer-term consequences and timing of support with many stroke survivors who reported feeling ‘lost’ and ‘abandoned’. This is why INS exists, and we will continue to strive to provide the longer-term support and rehab so desperately needed, and understand the importance for such services to be accessible to all."

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Our inspirational fundraiser

One of our patrons is inspiring others by raising funds for INS. Despite walking difficulties and the effects of Parkinson’s Disease, Sir William Wells is rising to the challenge of completing 3 daily laps of his terrace in Richmond, with the aid of a walker.

Our CEO Sarah Vines and fundraiser Tracey Hilty recently visited Sir William and his family to offer our appreciation for his efforts.

** UPDATE: We are pleased to announce Sir William has surpassed his target of £4,000 in aid of INS but hopes to raise even more! You can now show your support by clicking on the orange Donate button at the top right of each page and select the option "I wish to support Sir William Wells' walk to raise funds for INS" from the drop-down list under 'Why are you donating?'. **

For further details of Sir William's fundraising efforts, please click here to visit Sir William's online JustGiving page.

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INS support continues

** UPDATE: We are currently only able to meet with a limited number of service users in person but are continuing remote work and making plans to resume face-to-face groups as soon as this becomes possible. **

As you will be aware, restrictions are currently in place across England to curb the spread of Covid-19. However, we wanted to reassure you that INS is continuing to provide support to our clients and carers, including group therapy via Zoom videolink and telephone counselling. As a healthcare charity, we are not required to close during lockdown and, when possible, plan to meet with a limited number of clients on a one-to-one basis (by invitation only). Our priority is to keep everyone safe by following the latest guidelines on hygiene control, social distancing and the use of PPE. We offer hand sanitiser and masks on arrival and require all visitors to take a simple temperature check. If you have any questions you would like to ask about these measures, please let us know by contacting 020 8755 4000 or emailing [email protected]

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Support INS by getting online

Find out how you can support the work of INS by playing Get Lucky Local, the Richmond lottery for good causes.

Just click on the poster below for more details:-

You can also now support INS when you do your online shopping. We’ve registered with easyfundraising and smile.amazon.co.uk so that whenever you shop, they donate to INS. Go to our fundraising page for more details.

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INS on the airwaves...

Our CEO Sarah Vines appeared recently on Riverside Radio to tell listeners about the latest developments at INS. To listen to the broadcast with radio presenter Hazel Butterfield, please click here to listen to the full interview on MixCloud.


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Hugely positive response to INS online sessions during lockdown

Nearly 60 people took the time to say how they had benefitted from INS Zoom and telephone sessions during lockdown.  Over fifty told us about the positive impact they’d experienced: feeling happier, more positive, less isolated, more fit and active.

Read the full survey report here

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Staff update

** UPDATE: We now have 3 full-time and 8 part-time staff working at INS. Please visit this page to find out more. **

Sarah Vines began work as Chief Executive and Clinical Lead at INS in August 2020. Sarah joins a team comprising 4 full-time and 5 part-time staff, supported by our many dedicated volunteers. For more staff information please visit this page.

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INS and the 2.6 Challenge 

The London Marathon 2020 would've taken place on Sunday 26th April, with many fundraising events cancelled or postponed due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. Instead, people were encouraged to take part in the 2.6 challenge by completing an activity to suit their skills and based around the number 2.6 or 26. Find out more about INS and the 2.6 Challenge by clicking here. Already, in excess of £2,000 has been raised towards the work of INS, through generous donations from our supporters. Thank you! 

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INS 25th Anniversary event - 17 October 2019

Over 150 people, including Sir Vince Cable, then MP for Twickenham, and both the Mayors of the London Boroughs of Richmond-upon-Thames and Hounslow, joined service users, staff and volunteers at York House, to help us celebrate 25 years of supporting people in west London with neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis and Stroke.

Guests, including many from local voluntary and community organisations, listened to speeches from the charity’s founder, Ellie Kinnear and Sir Vince Cable, and sampled a wonderful collection of celebration cakes, baked by supporters or donated by local businesses. There was also the opportunity to see the launch of a new documentary about the work of INS, funded by the People’s Postcode Lottery.