CHEER exists to promote the welfare of the elderly in East Elmbridge, and has been supporting the retired community for over 60 years.

With its origins in the Esher and District Old People's Welfare Council (founded in the early 1950s), CHEER became a charitable company on 1st April 2010*.

According to the Campaign to End Loneliness there are 800,000 chronically lonely people in England. That translates into several hundred elderly people in the East Elmbridge area.  Although Elmbridge is a generally affluent area, we still have many elderly residents who are struggling with low income, poor living conditions, disability and loneliness.
We are the only local charity to provide a comprehensive and caring response to these issues, including visiting people in their own homes.

Our annual trustees' reports and accounts and other reports can be downloaded from the Publications and Links page.

Our people

General Manager:
Mark Michelmore


Charlotte Chatwin

Julie Crook


Jill Ainsworth (Vice-chair)
Jill has lived in Surrey for 33 years, 25 of them in Claygate. Her varied career has included senior admin roles, management consultancy and client relationship management. She has volunteered for a range of charities over the last 30 years ranging from reading schemes in schools to tennis coaching in public parks.

Christine Andrews (Vice-chair)
Christine has lived in Esher since she married and moved south from Newcastle on Tyne She has taught in London, Surrey and Kingston. She now trains adult learners. She was an Elmbridge Councillor for 7 years and is involved with a number of voluntary organisations both locally and nationally.

Janis Fletcher (Chair)
Janis lives in Hinchley Wood, and has been a volunteer with CHEER since 2014.  In a varied career, she has done administrative work in Africa (Zaire), held senior positions in banking and computer services, and run her own business as a Domestic Energy Assessor.

Robert Fulton (Treasurer)
Robert has lived in Hinchley Wood since 1981. His career was in the Home Office in a variety of criminal justice roles, and in finance and planning positions. Since retirement, he has been active as a trustee of a number of national and local charities, and is also involved in Hinchley Wood Residents Association as webmaster and newsletter editor.

Daniel Geddes
Daniel has lived in Elmbridge since 2008 and before that lived in nearby Surbiton. He initially joined CHEER as a volunteer in 2013 and became a Trustee in 2016. He works full time in the Financial Software industry and is currently based in Canary Wharf

Julian Rye
Julian is married to Madeleine and has lived in Elmbridge since 1966, now having two sons and five grandchildren. His career was mainly in ICT and major project management in international banking. He is a CAB volunteer, sits on schools appeals panels and is a trustee of Elmbridge Rentstart. Leisure interests include amateur theatre and choral singing – and he has had golden retrievers since he was three!


* Company number 7102376 (England & Wales) and  Charity Commission registered charity number 1133482  (successor to the previous unincorporated charity registered number 234739).
Registered office:
Claygate Centre for the Community, Elm Road, Claygate, Esher, Surrey, KT10 0EH