The Titsey Trail 10K was first held in 2009 and since then, eight editions of the race have raised nearly £56,000 for charities which provide much-needed services in the Oxted area.
The 2016 race has raised £6,000 for two local charities providing services to local people, The Woodhouse Centre and Moor House School & College, as well as a further £700 being donated to other charities that provide support services to the race.
THANK YOU to all race participants and volunteers for making this possible.
The Orpheus Centre
The Orpheus Centre is an independent specialist college in Surrey which exists to increase the skills of disabled young adults by using the uniquely involving and inspiring context of the arts. Every activity is focused on developing the confidence and independence of our students. It was founded in 1998 by Sir Richard Stilgoe and based in Godstone, Surrey.
The Centre’s philosophy is that every young disabled person should have the same opportunities as their non-disabled peers. They offer a holistic learning programme, a supported housing scheme and a domiciliary care service.
Students are between the ages of 18 and 25 and have learning and/or physical impairments; they have conditions such as cerebral palsy, autism, visual and hearing impairments and Down’s syndrome. On average they stay at Orpheus for three years, and in many ways the Centre operates similar to a further education college or university. Students come from all parts of the United Kingdom. Prospective students want to come to Orpheus because they have a passion for the performing arts and a mainstream college cannot meet their access or learning needs. There are currently 28 full time students on campus and 18 day students learning practical skills such as budgeting, meal planning and computer literacy alongside song-writing, performing arts and drama.
The Woodhouse Centre
The Woodhouse Centre is a cheerful and busy ‘workshop’ for retired and disabled people living in Oxted and surrounding areas. Most people come for companionship and to share the spirit of a cheerful, busy environment. There are about equal numbers of men and women and the age range is literally 20 to 90. The most common activities comprise upholstery, caning, seagrassing of chairs and stools, needlework and assembling poppies. Most of the workers are collected from their homes by a dedicated team of volunteer drivers. The Centre is open four mornings a week Monday to Thursday 9.30 am – 12.30 p.m.
The Centre was founded by Mrs. Betty Woodhouse in 1971 to provide employment in friendly surroundings for elderly and disabled persons resident in Oxted and surrounding areas. From small beginnings in an old school, the Centre is now housed in a large new air-conditioned building opposite Tandridge Leisure Pool and next to the Red Cross centre. Mrs. Betty Woodhouse, who died in 1995, was awarded the M.B.E. in 1981 in recognition of her untiring work in setting up the Centre and other local projects.