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 - 2021, even though most of the time was spent either in Lockdown or semi-lockdown when groups could not get together to either fundraise or to enjoy handicraft etc sessions together.  This is a long list but don't be daunted, use it to find ideas for yourself or your club!!

Some of the National Charities Supported :

  • Against Breast Cancer

  • AID UK

  • Brainwave

  • Cinnamon Trust

  • CRUK

  • Diabetes UK.

  • Fistula Clinic Hamlin Trust.

  • Hawk & Owl Trust

  • Home-Start UK

  • Jessie’s Fund

  • Just a Drop

  • MacMillan Nurses

  • Marie Curie

  • Medical Detection Dogs

  • Multiple Sclerosis

  • Parkinson UK

  • Read Easy

  • RNLI

  • Royal British Legion

  • Salvation Army

  • Soroptomists UK

  • The Coverdale Trust

  • Women's Refuge.

 

Plus, of course, many local Charities such as:

  • Air Ambulance (Dorset & Somerset and Wiltshire).

  • Book Aid International (Duke of Edinburgh).

  • Brainwave.

  • Bridport Cancer UK.

  • Chard Hospital.

  • Crosspoint Charity.

  • Forget Me Not Dementia Memory Café. 

  • Freewheelers Blood Bikes.

  • Help the Child.

  • Julia's House.

  • Just a Drop.

  • Knitted 'angels' for a Somerset village church.                        

  • Mind in Somerset.

  • Mission 20:20

  • Musgrove Park Hospital - Beacon Centre.

  • Musgrove Park Hospital - Neonatal Unit.

  • Priorswood Community Centre.

  • Public Health Collaboration.

  • RUH Bath.

  • Somerset Crisis Support.

  • St. Michael’s Cheshire Home.

  • Taunton Opportunity Group.

  • Voluntary German teaching.

  • Wade House, Highbridge.

  • WATCH Project Chard.

  • Weldmar Hospice.

  • Westbury Infants School.

  • Weston Hospital Oncology Ward.

  • Weston Hospital.

  • Working in the local Hospice Shop.

  • Yeovil District Hospital Breast Care Unit.

 

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

  • Clevedon Make Lunch

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

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

  • Delivering posies to families in a Somerset village.

  • 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”

  • Taxi service for members visiting hospitals.

  • 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