During December, Rotarians, their partners and Friends of the Club ventured out with the now familiar sleigh to help with the annual Christmas collection and as in previous years, it proved to be a great success, raising £4,799 towards the club’s charity fund. This highlights once again the enormous generosity of the Swindon public with somewhere between 4,000 and 5,000 residents of the town being pleased to help by contributing to the appeal. On behalf of the club and moreover the club’s beneficiaries we wish to thank all of those who contributed – we owe them all a debt of gratitude
Our thanks go also to Sainsbury’s at Stratton and the management of the West Swindon Centre for granting their permission for us to collect outside their premises
Rotary being a voluntary organisation, there are no commissions, expenses, fees or salaries to be deducted from the total collected and consequently 100% of the money raised has been allocated to local causes including the following:
Dressability – Dressability is one of only two independent clothing services in the UK which caters specifically for the needs of disabled people.
Headway – Headway Swindon & District provides a safe, relaxed environment for adults who have experienced a brain injury.
Olive Tree Cafe – A key objective of the cafe is to help and support people recovering from mental illness or at risk of suffering mental illness by providing them with positive, work-related opportunities in a Café open to the public in order to take them a step nearer to the world of work.
Swindon Women’s Aid – Swindon Women Aid is a domestic abuse service for residents living in the Swindon area.
Christmas Care – Christmas Care, provides temporary shelter for the homeless and lonely over Christmas
Swindon Youth Rugby Club – Purchase of team jerseys
Rotary Young Chef Competition at Swindon College – refer to the post on this website
Our heartfelt thanks go out to all who participated or donated, for without them, none of the above would have been possible. See also below:
The sleigh at Dialog
The Club also made the sleigh available to local company Dialog for their annual Christmas Party for children of their staff.
Dialog has a long record of supporting local charities and underprivileged sections of the local community.