Wow! You helped us to raise over £22,000 at our Summer Garden Party!

summer garden party - family group


summer garden party The Old Boot Inn team

Forresters and The Old Boot Inn joined forces to create a Summer Garden Party to remember and oh, what a night it was!

You could say, we totally smashed it, with a lot of help from you! Thank you so much to everyone who came along and for your generosity.

Apart from everyone having a fabulous evening together (with drinks, delicious eats, music & dancing, an auction and raffle) the sole aim of the Summer Garden Party event was to raise money for The Motor Neurone Disease Association via its local branch: Reading & West Berkshire MND Association

The MND Association is close to all of our hearts because a treasured member of the Forresters Pangbourne team, Maz Swann, has recently been diagnosed.

It’s been a shock for everyone, but we were able to do something positive by raising funds for the charity that’s helping Maz to live her life to the full. **

Andre & Rebecca from The Old Boot Inn at Stanford Dingley have personal experience of Motor Neurone Disease too as Andre’s sister Sharon lost her life to MND in April; in fact, the more friends and clients we talk to, the more we realise that this disease has touched so many.


summer garden party - Maz
summer garden party - DJ Stephanie Jay
summer garden party - Maz and Stuart with David Bowie

summer garden party group inside marquee
summer garden party the auction and speeches
summer garden party - simon fryer auctioneer extraordinaire
summer garden party auction


summer garden party guests
summer garden party dancing group
summer garden party auction in progress
summer garden party drinks being served

Thank you

Thank you so much to all of the local businesses who wanted to do their bit to help the cause and donate to our Summer Garden Party fundraiser. We have been bowled over by your generosity. Your donations are very much appreciated by Maz, her family, friends and everyone at Reading & West Berkshire Motor Neurone Disease Association, Forresters and The Old Boot Inn.

30 mins back massage at Beauty Box, Pangbourne

Cozze Ristorante – £40 voucher

Blandy’s at Inglewood – Afternoon Tea for Two

Mapledurham Golf Club – 4 Ball Golf session

The Elephant, Pangbourne – Afternoon Tea for Two

La’De Kitchen, Pangbourne – £100 voucher

The Pangbourne Cheese Shop – £20 voucher

Cara Clothes & Shoes, Caversham – £50 voucher

The Club at Mapledurham – 5 x couples Entry Passes

The Club at Mapledurham – 4 Ball Golf Round

Sophie’s Teepees & Partees – £40 voucher

Floating Point, Pangbourne – 60 minute flotation session worth £40

Franks Barber Shop – 1 Haircut & Beard Trim

West Berks Brewery – tour of the brewery, lunch and beer

Warings Bakery – £10 Voucher

Milan Beauty Salon – 60 Minute Swedish massage

Dulce Domum – £25 Voucher

Sarah’s Beauty – Lash & Brow Tint & Brow Shape

Perfection Caversham – Shellac Manicure

Perfection Caversham – Basic Pedicure

Four Bears Books – £20 Voucher

Green’s Butchers – £10 voucher

Rejuvenate Facial Aesthetics – £50 Voucher

Baxters Pangbourne – Tea & Cake for 2 People

Perfekt Lashes – Full set of eyelash extensions

SKN By Dannika (Dermaplaning) – £50 Voucher

Lets Glow – 1 Free Spray Tan

Head to Toe Healing & Beauty – Indian Head Massage

Nino’s Pangbourne – £80 Voucher

Calmingale’s Beauty – Aromatherapy Back Massage

Body Beauty by Natalie (Body Shop) – £10 Voucher

Kiki & Bow – Home & Home Decor (Pangbourne) – Reed Diffuser

Little Labels – £20 Voucher

Waitrose – £20 Voucher

Waitrose – £50 Voucher

The Baskerville – Lower Shiplake  – 2 Course Meal for 2 with a bottle of House Wine

Twirling Narwhal Bakery – Box of edible goodies  (Blondies/Cupcakes/Brownies)

Kingdom Coffee – have donated a Beauty Box voucher for £100

Vicars Game Ltd – £25 voucher


Silent Auction Donations to our Summer Garden Party Fundraiser

Dudley Singleton & DaughterDyson Hairdryer

Pioneros – Handmade Leather Handbag  (

Lamborgini – Replica Model & Brochure

Michael Owen – framed, signed photograph with ticket from the England 5 – Germany 1 football match in September 2001

Forresters Pangbourne – Cut & Colour Service (Choice of preferred Stylist/Stylists)

Waitrose – Hamper

Sandford Springs – Round of Golf for 4 people

Blandy’s Bistro (Inglewood) – Afternoon Tea for Two

Laithwaites 2016 Chateau Clarière Claret  – 6 individual bottles

After the Summer Garden Party…

We’ve set up a Local Giving page that makes it easy to donate online if you wish to carry on the good work.
We don’t have any specific targets but please know that any amount you can give will be greatly appreciated.

If you’re a UK taxpayer, it would be great if you could tick the Gift Aid box. Using Gift Aid means that for every pound you give, we get an extra 25 pence from HM Revenue and Customs, helping your donation go further.

Find out more about Motor Neurone Disease

If you’d like to learn more about Motor Neurone Disease, please have a look around this web site. It’s a very comprehensive source of information about all aspects of living with MND, help and support, and how to get involved in fundraising.

Raising Funds for Research – Everyone is doing their bit

The Old Boot Inn’s energetic and hospitable landlord Andre Claassen has a twin brother, Anton, who has decided to run some tough miles for the Motor Neurone Disease Association:

Anton explains in his April facebook post, “I’ve decided to run another marathon albeit this time for a very good cause! I will be running the Brighton Marathon on September 12th for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

For those of you who aren’t aware my eldest sister Sharon, who was only 64, lost a very brief 15 month battle with a very aggressive form of Motor Neurone Disease 2 weeks ago.
It really is an awful and debilitating disease, for sufferers and families, and unfortunately there is no cure at the moment. The funds I raise will help go towards research and also towards helping families affected by MND. I’m very aware that finances have been affected by Covid, so any donations large or small will be very much appreciated. I will be training and competing with my lovely sister Sharon very much in my thoughts and in my heart.”

A number of Forresters’ colleagues are planning to go skydiving to raise sponsorship money for the charity… this might be a bit of a bold move for most, but, no fear, there are masses of less adrenaline powered ways to raise a few pounds for the research fight against MND. Here are a few ideas if you feel like you would like to raise money your own way.

  • Coffee Morning and Cake Sale
  • Sponsored Walk, Run or Swim
  • Plant Sale
  • Garage Sale

Thank you from John & Jill Forrester, Lynne and the Forresters Pangbourne crew plus all of the Forresters Salon Teams who helped to make the Summer Garden Party a night to remember.

The Old Boot Inn

Give  The Old Boot Inn a try – the views are sublime and their marquees create an enchanting ambience. All the locals know that The Old Boot Inn is a hidden gem, you’ve only got to look at the feedback to see how much people love it.


**Registered Charity No 294354