Every year the Clubs in District 20 support a wide variety of
Local, National and International Charities and Causes. 

Service to Others

It is truly amazing how much everyone managed to do in 2020, even though most of the year was spent either in Lockdown or semi-lockdown when groups could not get together to either fundraise or to enjoy handicraft etc sessions together.

Some of the National Charities Supported :

  • Against Breast Cancer

  • AID UK

  • Brainwave

  • Cinnamon Trust

  • CRUK

  • Hawk & Owl Trust

  • Home-Start UK

  • Jessie’s Fund

  • Just a Drop

  • MacMillan Nurses

  • Medical Detection Dogs

  • Multiple Sclerosis

  • Parkinson UK

  • Read Easy

  • RNLI

  • Royal British Legion

  • Salvation Army

  • Soroptomists UK

  • The Coverdale Trust

 

Plus, of course, many local Charities, too many to name

and these International Charities:

  • 20:20 MISSION - Donations

  • AUSTRALIAN RED CROSS RE BUSH FIRES - Donation

  • BRAS FOR AN AFRICAN CHARITY – Donations + 14 large carrier bags of bras

  • BUTTERFLY TREE - Donation

  • COVID 19 - Donation

  • HIMALAYAN CHILDRENS TRUST – Donation to pay to educate two girls in Ladakh through above charity

  • MARY’S MEALS - 22 Back Packs

  • OXFAM - 131 postcards + 1634 gr of stamps

  • P.C.F. (Purple Community Fund) - Donations + 22kg Ring Pulls + 9132 ring pulls

  • RAFT (Refugee aid from Taunton) - Approximately 30 black sacks of knitted items, blankets, face masks and sanitary wear.

  • S.I.A.B. (School in a Bag) - Donations + Used Ink Cartridges/Mobile Phones

  • SPECTACLES - Delivered to various opticians in the District

  • SWEEPS (South West England European Prayer Support) - 60 Shoe Boxes + numerous blankets sock bootees, baby hats and knitted toys

  • TOOLS FOR SELF RELIANCE - Large quantity of tools

  • TRAID AID – Donations

  • WATER AID - Donation

  • WATER SURVIVAL BOXES – Donations

  • WOMEN AND GIRLS - 48 knitted bunnies to sell for sustainable sanitary wear in India

Then there were the acts of Service in the Community as and when possible:

 

  • 3Fish & Chip supper with film and collection for local food bank

  • A talented member made a Christmas stocking covered in beads and a ‘Guess the number of beads’ competition

  • Admin duties in Hospice,

  • Afternoon tea gathering for Cutting & stitching sanitary wear and knitting blanket squares

  • Blankets made & delivered to nursing homes

  • Breast care cushions made for mastectomy patients in Hospitals

  • Cake making for Day Centre

  • Cake making for Memory Café

  • Canula sleeves for premature babies

  • Care Home staff given biscuits & chocs during lockdown

  • Coffee mornings and lunches to trim stamps, knit and crochet for international charities

  • Collection of household goods and toiletries for Taunton Women’s Refuge

  • Drain aprons made & delivered to hospital

  • Empty crisp packets collected and given to schools to return to Walkers Crisps to recycle and raise money

  • Face masks for School in a Bag backpacks.

  • Hand creams donated to frontline hospital staff

  • Headbands and masks for local hospitals

  • Heart Support Group

  • Helping Somerset Sight with phone calls during lockdown

  • Hospital League of Friends Shops

  • Hospital visiting ‘taxi’ service

  • In lieu of sending each other Christmas cards, donations were made to local charities.

  • Inspection of playgrounds /Litter picking

  • Knitted Bears with masks on to help young children understand why it is necessary to wear a mask because of Co-vid 19 which were supplied to schools

  • Knitting blankets, hats and canula covers for local Neo-natal unit

  • Lockdown monthly dinner monies donated to local charities

  • Lunches for the lonely elderly

  • Lunchtime fundraiser for International Charities

  • Making scrub bags and scrubs for hospital staff

  • Marie Curie Collections

  • Mum & baby squares, memory bags, baby blankets and premature baby hats to Hosp Neonatal department

  • Numerous teddies knitted by members and given to the Salvation Army, Connect Centre and Vineyard Church

  • Online quiz fundraiser.

  • Packed for Food Banks

  • Prison visiting

  • Reader for local Audio News

  • Reading Buddy in local school

  • Sale of unwanted Christmas presents

  • Scouts Clubs

  • Served on Parochial Church Councils

  • Sewing and knitted items made and sold in aid of local elderly centre.

  • Sewing scrubs and facemasks for local NHS workers

  • Shoe boxes for local care home

  • 'Soup & Puds' lunch for approx. 70

  • Staffing local Hospice Shops

  • Supplying food to the “Food Bank”

  • Trustee Children with Special Needs charity

  • Trustee local Heritage Trust

  • Trustee Local Partnership Community Centre

  • Twiddle muffs, masks and bean bags to help residents exercise delivered to nursing homes

  • Visited Residential Care home for their Knit & Natter Coffee morning

  • Visiting care homes

  • Voluntary German Teaching in local school

  • Volunteer local Abbeyfield Homes

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