Charities we are supporting in 2023/2024
There are four Presidential charities that we will be supporting this year. Details of the four charities are provided below. We will also be providing financial support to local charities and communities through the Helping Hand initiative, the Royal British Legion and Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust and the DEC Pakistan Floods appeal.
Since the war in Ukraine started North Cotswold Rotary members Greg and Lorraine Staniek have been working tirelessly to help refugees in need who have fled to Poland. Using their knowledge of the area the couple have been in direct contact with local authorities in Poland to assess and meet the needs of refugees in several small towns in the south of the country. Every 2-3 weeks a large lorry of supplies has left Bouton-on-the-water for Poland. Donations and medical supplies have also been transported into Ukraine for hospitals in Lviv and Kiev, some of which are then forwarded to soldiers on the front line.
If you wish to donate to support the Lifeline Appeal please click on the donate button. We will ensure that every penny donated plus gift aid will go to support Greg and Lorraine’s initiative. They are clearly making a huge difference to the lives of mainly women and children fleeing the conflict.
North Cotswold Community Awareness
It’s a shocking fact that within the idyllic countryside setting of the Cotswolds, local children are going without basic requirements such as a bed to sleep in, warm clothing or food. North Cotswold Community Awareness (NCCA) responds where there is urgent and immediate need. Specifically, NCCA supports vulnerable and low-income families and provides Christmas parcels. Through the network of primary school Parent Support Advisers, Health Visitors, District Nurses and Home-Start, NCCA provides help in the form of children’s clothing, school uniform, shoes, books, stationery, toys, baby equipment and household goods. Assistance is also given with funding when professional counselling or therapy is required for psychologically damaged children, or when it is considered a child would benefit from social interaction or an unaffordable school trip.
Sue Ryder Leckhampton
Sue Ryder supports people through the most difficult times of their lives. Whether that’s a terminal illness, the death of someone close to them or a neurological condition. The Leckhampton hospice in Cheltenham is Gloucestershire’s only inpatient unit for specialist palliative care. Care can also be provided at home, or virtually from their day hospice and outpatient services.
Children Achieving Lifelong Movement (CALM) is a small charity based in Bourton-on-the-Water. The Charity offers one-to-one physical therapy sessions for children affected by long-term movement conditions. CALM works with the children to provide the most effective and engaging methods in the sessions, talking to both the children and the parents to see what helps them and makes the biggest difference.
Plus they make it fun – the rehabilitation is hidden in simply "going to the gym"!