Community Champions

Celebrating charity work and good deeds in the Wiltshire and Swindon business community.

Swindon businessmen take on running challenge to raise money for Oscar

Written by Peter Davison.

Charlotte and Karl Paul


Lockdown almost ended a carefully laid plan by Swindon couple Karl and Charlotte Paul to raise £10,000 this year in memory of their son Oscar who passed away ten years ago.

The Swindon couple, who live in Rodbourne Cheney, planned to raise cash to donate to the Ronald McDonald House in Bristol which gave them support at the worst time in their lives when Oscar was born prematurely.

Law firm supports Alzheimer’s Society

Written by Peter Davison.


Law firm Forrester Sylvester Mackett is supporting the Alzheimer’s Society by donating £25 to the charity for each Lasting Power of Attorney its solicitors completes.

It is estimated that by 2025 more than one million people in the UK will have dementia.

Coronavirus response fund helps mental health charity continue support for anguished clients

Written by Peter Davison.

Julie Mattinson


Money from the Wiltshire Community Foundation has helped a Swindon counselling service continue its support for hundreds of anxious and depressed people during the lockdown.

Mental health charity Ipsum is one of 105 groups to have so far received vital funds from the Wiltshire and Swindon Coronavirus Response Fund, which to date has raised more than £620,000. Already more than £360,000 has been distributed to groups to help them meet the needs of their communities.

Graphic designer and fitness fanatic raises £100s for Swindon charity

Written by Peter Davison.

Mike Land


Graphic designer Mike Land may be known for his nifty artwork – however he’s also been putting his fitness fans through their paces during lockdown.

This week he’s been doing his free virtual classes – filmed in his back garden - for Swindon Domestic Abuse Support Service as part of the national drive to raise vital charitable funds which would have come from the London Marathon.

Foodbank helped to cope with rising demand by Wiltshire Community Foundation grant

Written by Peter Davison.

Swindon Food Collective


A foodbank has been helped to deal with a steep rise in demand and the loss of vital volunteers during the pandemic by a grant from the Wiltshire Community Foundation.

The Swindon Food Collective has used a £5,000 grant from the community foundation’s Wiltshire and Swindon Coronavirus Response Fund to pay for extra staff costs to cover older staff who are isolating and fuel for delivery vans.

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