Past projects

Defibrillator Project

Dr William McCrea, Swindon Mayor 2014-15 Teresa Page, and Rotary President Richard Goddard 2013 to 2015

Two Defibrillators part funded by our Rotary Club have been installed at Coate Water and Lydiard Country Park. The defibrillators are part of a project run by SALVE (Save a Life Volunteering), Salve being Latin for ‘good health’.

Salve was set up in 2011 by former Thamesdown Rotarian Roddy Marshall and Dr William McCrea who is the consultant cardiologist at the Great Western Hospital, this lifesaving scheme is also supported by Swindon Borough Council.

Richard Goddard, Rotary President 2013 to 2015, unveiled the Coate Water defibrillator together with Dr McCrea and the 2014-15 Swindon Mayor Teresa Page.

The Club’s hope is that these incredible pieces of high tech equipment will never be used, but if the need does arise, then the funding for the defibrillators will have been well worth the effort. This is another valuable way that Thamesdown Rotary is helping the community of Swindon.



Rotary supported knitting

A group of ladies from Royal Wootton Bassett have been knitting garments and blankets to send to widows, orphans and victims experiencing crisis or conflict overseas. Rotary have provided the funding for the purchase of some of the wool and the ladies provide the skill to support the charity Smile International.

Wool also comes from donations and can be brand new or an assortment of oddments or unfinished knitted items which are unpicked and made into clothing. The wool is sorted out and shared amongst the knitters and then turned into a completed garment: a scarf, hat, mitts, jumper or blanket.

To keep the knitters knitting, the group has also decided to send baby wear to the Premature Baby unit at the GWH. The ladies also send other items such as jumpers to a project in Zaslowya, Belarus.

One of the knitting ladies said:

“the benefits that our older folk get from these knitting projects are that it keeps fingers subtle particularly if the knitter has arthritis, ladies feel useful and feel that they are helping someone else,  it helps the lonely and bereaved, gives purpose and something to focus on.”

 The knitting also gives a sense of achievement and self-worth and it is something to do during day especially during winter months when unable to get out or if person is housebound.

Common interest amongst ladies – being part of a group and able to share experiences/wool/craft info/techniques. Extra call or visit to deliver wool or collect finished items gives the older person another visitor/caller and breaks up an otherwise, lonely day for them.

It creates a common interest. Friends often meet together for craft afternoons/evenings. Wool is sent out to those who are unwell so they have something to do at home while convalescing. Ladies are not always mobile so therefore they can sit at home knitting and feel of use to someone.”

This is just another example where Rotary can help others help themselves.



NSPCC Swindon Branch

              President Richard presenting a cheque to Jeanette Chipping of the Swindon Branch NSPCC

The Club have supported the Swindon Branch of the NSPCC for over 26 years, periodically raising funds and donating them to this much needed local charity. When the Charity marked it’s 110 year existance, the Club donated £1100.00 towards the running of the Swindon Branch and a few years later we helped with the funding of additional personel for the NSPCC Children’s telephone help line

The Swindon Office of the NSPCC have recently moved into Old Town and the Club have donated £1500.00 towards this move, helping the charity with much needed equipment. The main bulk of this donation was raised through some of the proceeds of our Christmas Sleigh collection