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Swindon Cares Launch took place at The Tawny Owl.

James Arkell our Chairman was on sparkling form, David Hempleman-Adams, High Sheriff of Wiltshire joined us with Deputy Mayor Cllr Eric Shaw & representatives from our 2 Charities, DASH & Hop, Skip & Jump and many of our very lovely supporters.

Here’s to a very successful fundraising year in 2016

Arval Dress Down Day for Swindon Cares

Adele Tidball & Susie Bloom presenting to Swindon Cares on the 15th July.

Others in the photos are William Fishlock (secretary of Swindon Cares), Peter Hayman (Rotary club) and Adrian Embling from DASH, one of the charities that is being supported by Swindon Cares.

The cheque was from June’s on site Dress Down Day which saw Terry from Hop, Skip and Jump, Anne and Ceri from DASH coming on site to help collect at the doors, run the tombola, cake sale and bottle bags.

Arval Dress Down Day for Swindon Cares

Adele Tidball & Susie Bloom presenting to Swindon Cares on the 15th July. Others in the photos are William Fishlock (secretary of Swindon Cares), Peter Hayman (Rotary club) and Adrian Embling from DASH, one of the charities that is being supported by Swindon Cares.

Arval UK Ltd will also be supporting Swindon Cares at the Swindon Half Marathon as we have 5 runners that will be running on their behalf and we will be welcoming any sponsorship from colleagues.

 

Grants will go a long way to help causes

Original story from Swindon Advertiser today 20/4/2015

by Elizabeth Mackley

From left, Bill Fishlock, Peter Ethelston, Adrian Embling, Terry Radcliffe, Jane Fox of Swindon Cares, High Sheriff Lady Sarah Gooch, Nicky Alberry, James Arkell and deputy mayor Andrew Bennett

From left, Bill Fishlock, Peter Ethelston, Adrian Embling, Terry Radcliffe, Jane Fox of Swindon Cares, High Sheriff Lady Sarah Gooch, Nicky Alberry, James Arkell and deputy mayor Andrew Bennett

BOTH Hop, Skip and Jump and DASH were offered a lifeline on Friday when fundraising body Swindon Cares announced they would both benefit from grants during the next two years.

After it was established in 2003, Swindon Cares has managed to raise nearly £216,000 to support charitable, community and voluntary organisations across the town as it aims to engage and support various groups and individuals.

Its committee includes the Rotary Clubs in Swindon, Swindon Advertiser, GWE Business West, Arval, Zurich, Bluefin, BBC Wiltshire, Swindon Borough Council, The Pear Tree at Purton, De Vere Venues, and Arkells Brewery, all of which aim to work together to provide much-valued support to local organisations.

Friday marked the launch of Swindon Cares’ 2015 year, where it announced that for the next two years it will raise money specifically for children’s charity Hop, Skip and Jump and autistic spectrum charity DASH.

Peter Ethelston, chairman of the board of trustees for DASH (Discovering Autistic Spectrum Happiness), which works to improve the quality of life of adults of working age with Asperger’s and other high-functioning autistic spectrum conditions living in Swindon, said being one of Swindon Cares’ charities would prove a welcome boost to their income.

“We are over the moon,” he said. “It really is a lifeline for us.

“We have an enormously energetic trustee by the name of Anne Billingham, who is always applying for grants and trying to find out places where we can get more support for the charity.

“We really, really do struggle with funding.

“We are quite a small operation and it can be difficult to raise awareness.

“A lot of the money we also get is also specifically for projects, which is another reason why we are so pleased we’re one of Swindon Cares’ charities because it is not, and we can use it to help fund the day-to-day operations of the charity.”

The news was also welcomed by Hop, Skip and Jump, which provides flexible and immediate respite care for children and young adults in the south west.

Terry Radcliffe, Swindon lead playworker for Hop, Skip and Jump, said: “It’s brilliant that we’re lucky enough to be offered this funding for the next two years, which will help us enormously to continue to deliver the work we do.

“Anything we get, whether it’s £1 or £10, goes a long way to helping us deliver our support and services.

“I just want to say a big thank you to Swindon Cares for making us one of their charities.”

The High Sheriff of Wiltshire, Lady Gooch, was among the dignitaries in attendance at the launch on Friday lunchtime.

She said: “I have to say I’m very excited about these charities, which Swindon Cares is supporting this year.

“I am always amazed to hear about all the work they do and I’m looking forward to visiting them and finding out more about them.”

For more information about Hop, Skip and Jump, visit www.hopskipandjump.org.uk/. For more about DASH, visit www.dashswindon.com/.

To find out more about Swindon Cares and the work it does and how you can get involved visit www.swindoncares.co.uk.

Apply for Swindon Cares support 2015

SWINDON CARES We aim to engage all areas of Swindon’s community, schools, businesses, groups and individuals to support people in our town. Swindon Cares started in 2003 and since that time we have raised more than £215,000 to help local charities and voluntary organisations.

We are looking again for possibly two or three non-profit organisations or charities to support for a two year period through 2015 and 2016. We intend to try and focus our interest on those working with children and young people up to the age of 26.

We would also prefer to work with organisations that have not been supported by Swindon Cares in the past, or those who are being assisted by key partners of Swindon Cares in this 2015 year.

The application form can be obtained from Jane Fox at jane.fox@zct.org.uk and we would encourage you to apply.

THE CLOSING DATE IS 6th FEBRUARY. 

We will review the applications during the week commencing the 9th February and will be looking to interview short-listed organisations on TUESDAY 24th FEBRUARY before making a final decision