Charity News from South Wiltshire & North Dorset

Triple challenge for charity

Triple challenge for charity

A three part ‘Snowdon Challenge’ event this September to raise money for homeless and vulnerable veterans is hosted by charity Alabaré. Participants will cycle 17km to the foot of Mount Snowdon, hike 7km to the summit and back, and finishing with a 4km kayak across...

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Riding centre remembers

Riding centre remembers

Grovely Riding School’s Memorial Show on August 12 raised funds for Salisbury Hospice and Salisbury District Hospital Stars Appeal. The annual show is staged in memory of organiser Gemma Spearing's horse Teddy, but has taken on greater significance after the deaths of...

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Sunday Funday

Sunday Funday

Community event 10th anniversary Durrington is preparing its 10th annual Sunday Funday. Set up as a charity event to raise funds for the village hall preschool, the event is now a hugely popular community event, and last year it more than 2000 visitors . This year’s...

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Mayor and Bear raise nearly £600

Mayor and Bear raise nearly £600

The League of Friends raised nearly £600 for Westminster Memorial Hospital at their Summer Fair.   “Shaftesbury’s mayor, Tim Cook, opened the Fair and met Toni, our Teddy Bear who held a special Teddy Bear's Picnic for all the children. With their help and all...

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High flier for charity

High flier for charity

Lucy in the sky Lucy Hitchcock, a duty manager at the Co-operative Food store in Mere, has raised nearly £800 for Dorothy House Hospice Care by completing the nerve shattering wing-walk.Strapped to the top wing of a biplane, a co-operative colleague has flown 2,000ft...

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Cricket and family fun day for hospice

Cricket and family fun day for hospice

Laverstock & Ford Sports Club hosts the Value Cars first Charity Cricket Match and Family Fun Day on  August 25, raising funds for Salisbury Hospice Charity. Value Cars All-Stars take on Laverstock and Ford Cricket Club in what promises to be a hotly contested...

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Country Fair raises £30k

Country Fair raises £30k

Wessex Country Fair raised £30,000 for the organisers Salisbury Hospice Charity. In its 7th year, more than 3,000 attended and showed an increase in attendance and in cash spent compared with last year’s event. The fair included dressage camels, donkey rides, climbing...

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Rosemary Goddard Charity Skittles Day

Rosemary Goddard Charity Skittles Day

Skittled in The Rosemary Goddard Centre's annual skittles fundraiser at Mere Social Club raised £306. The organisers thanked everyone who supported the event, helped with the food, or contributed to the raffle prize fund. John Hancock beat all entries to walk away...

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Light up the town

Light up the town

Homes in Shaftesbury decked in dazzling decorations outside this Christmas could win goodies from local shops. Shaftesbury Town Council is donating £100 to the winners' or the mayor's chosen charities. Mayor Piers Brown will judge who has the most festive home in...

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Community foundation explained

Community foundation explained

Jon Yates, chief executive of Dorset Community Foundation, is guest speaker at law firm Humphries Kirk's Dorchester business networking lunch on Wednesday, October 17. The lunch is at The Wessex Royale Hotel, Dorchester at 12.30pm for a 1pm start. Email...

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Seb does a wing walk

Seb does a wing walk

Sebastian Salt, director of Salisbury jewellers W Carter, had a hair-raising, fund-raising sponsored wing walk yielding more than £1,000 for charity. For a breathtaking 10 minutes, Seb, from Dinton, was strapped on top of a bi-plane at Compton Abbas on June 10, on...

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College goes to great heights for charity

College goes to great heights for charity

By Lucy Spittle Students and staff at Wiltshire College, Salisbury, went that extra mile on June 19 to raise money for local charities. Students studying Public Services came up with the adventurous fundraising abseiling day, and raised £1,929 for two chosen charities...

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Christmas at home event raises £550

Christmas at home event raises £550

Retired Wilton hairdresser Linda Martin raised £550 by holding a Christmas-themed day at her home, with coffee, lunch and tea served, in aid of national disability charity Sense. Linda. 75, who was nominated as ‘Fundraiser of the Year’ at the charity’s national...

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Good cheer from food bank and church

Good cheer from food bank and church

About 50 local families living below the poverty line will soon receive special Christmas hampers made by Gillingham Community Church in conjunction with the foodbank. Members of the church, which runs North Dorset CAP Debt Centre in partnership with national charity...

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Beavers green tokens

Beavers green tokens

Beavering away means going green St Mary Sioux Beavers are in the Waitrose green token scheme for December. “While you are doing your Christmas shopping, please think about giving the Beavers a small Christmas gift in the form of your green tokens in their Waitrose...

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School goes that extra mile

School goes that extra mile

After an inspirational talk from Julia’s House nurse Liz Froud, the School Council and SPEC (School Pupil Events Committee) at Chilmark and Fonthill Bishop Primary School decided they wanted to lead the school in the run the extra mile challenge for Julia’s House. So...

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Store makes sensory changes

Store makes sensory changes

The National Autistic Society is asking businesses and shops to participate in Autism Hour at 10am on October 2 when, for 60 minutes, Superdrug will dim the lights, turn off the tannoy and music and generally make its store more comfortable and welcoming for those...

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Rapid response team rushes to help Hurricane Irma victims

Rapid response team rushes to help Hurricane Irma victims

Team Rubicon rushed to the Caribbean to help after Hurricane Irma slammed into the islands causing widespread havoc. Category 5 Hurricane Irma, the strongest Atlantic storm in recorded history could remain for and days, with dangerous winds, storm surges, extreme...

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Not a ted-ious picnic for the bears

Not a ted-ious picnic for the bears

DOZENS of teddy bears rolled up to the second annual picnic in aid of Save the Children to enjoy craft activities, fancy dress competitions, stories, a parade, and other activities, with a  picnic in the shade of trees on Choristers' Green in Salisbury Cathedral...

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No-one ducked out

No-one ducked out

Chalke Valley Duck Race, in aid of Chalke Valley Playschool on July 7 raised £500 for Chalke Valley Playschool.  Winners were Orly Eastmond 1st, Evie Goodier in 2nd, and George Welch 3rd. Thanks went to all who sold ducks, especially Chalke Valley Stores, Bowerchalke...

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Big bike fest wheels in

Big bike fest wheels in

Bikers from across the south west will join the Charity Rideout on Sunday, July 2 at Frome Rugby Club. Langefest is held in memory of Stuart Lange who died in a motorbike accident in July, 2016. Stuart was involved in fundraising for the April Jones Trust and the...

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Wilton Touch Rugby Day

Wilton Touch Rugby Day

Are you looking for a day of fun, food and festivities? Then why not come down to Wilton Carnival Family Fun Day and Touch Rugby Festival on Saturday July 22, and join in on Castle Meadow! As well as continuing The Wilton Carnival, the aim of the day is to raise funds...

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Fly-tipping making life “really hard” for charity shop

Fly-tipping making life “really hard” for charity shop

By Andy Datson The owner of Burnbake Trust, North Street, claims her shop has become Wilton's "unofficial tip" following a spate of fly-tipping outside the trust's shop and warehouse. In an interview with Valley News, Rita Maple said that on Saturday, June 3, a...

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Bishop’s open house

Bishop’s open house

On Sunday, June 18, from 2– 5 pm, Bishop of Salisbury, Rt Revd Nicholas Holtam, and his wife will welcome visitors to their home, South Canonry in Salisbury Cathedral Close, for the annual summer fete for the Medical Link for the South Sudan at South Canonry. The...

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