Community Champions

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

Wiltshire Community Foundation coronavirus fund tops £100,000

Written by Peter Davison.

Gay Pirrie-Weir and Fanny Charles


Wiltshire Community Foundation’s fund to help voluntary groups tackle the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic has grown to £100,000 in less than a week.

More than £50,000 has been donated to the Wiltshire and Swindon Coronavirus Response Fund locally and another £50,000 has come in from the National Emergencies Trust’s Coronavirus Appeal, which is distributing the more than £13 million it has so far raised through the UK’s 46 community foundations.

Author and writing mentor launches her latest book

Written by Peter Davison.

Lis McDermott with Debbie Clark of Jessie May and Lauren Webb of Bower & Bailey


Author and writing mentor Lis McDermott launched her latest book of poems, Blossoms Fall, at a charity event in Highworth recently.

Friends joined her at the book launch where she read some of her poetry. The event raised money for Lis’s chosen charity Jessie May, which provides ‘hospice at home’ care for terminally ill children. The charity is currently supporting 35 families across Swindon and Wiltshire.

Construction firm makes £5,000 charity donation

Written by Peter Davison.

Lucy Young, treasurer of CALM, Marc Bayley, director at Beard Swindon, Lisa Curtis, corporate fundraiser for Prospect Hospice and Jamie Harwood, operations director at Beard Swindon


Staff at Swindon-based construction firm Beard have presented cheques worth a total of £5,000 to Prospect Hospice and children’s cancer and leukaemia charity CALM, following a year of fundraising.

The charities were chosen by a vote involving every member of staff at the firm’s Swindon office. Prospect Hospice provides end-of-life care services for a community of more than 300,000 in Swindon, Marlborough and north-east Wiltshire. CALM helps families that have a child receiving treatment at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon, most of whom are also based in the Swindon and Marlborough area.

Cyclists to ride through the night for women's charities

Written by Peter Davison.



Four team members from Swindon and Marlborough law firm Royds Withy King are to cycle through the night to raise money for women's charities.

Elaine Glass, Becky Matthews, Dawn Patterson and Joanna Cox hope to raise over £800 for Breast Cancer Care, Ovarian Cancer Action and Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust.

Legacy of Wiltshire woman set to be fulfilled at local fundraising event

Written by Peter Davison.

Fiona Scott and Phil Duffell


Journalist Phil Duffell, who lost his wife Ainslie to breast cancer five years ago, is close to reaching his goal of raising £50,000 to create a legacy in her name.

Tickets are now on sale for The Purple Soiree, a fundraising event to be held at Doubletree by Hilton in Swindon on Thursday April 30, to reach the target which will kick-start plans for rebuilding or refurbishing the cricket pavilion at Purton Cricket Club.

Sporting charity calls for corporate sponsors

Written by Peter Davison.

Daniel Climance


A charity established by a Swindon solicitor in memory of her sports-mad son is looking for more corporate sponsors so that it can continue to help young sportsmen and women.

Doing in for Dan was set up following the death of Daniel Climance in a road traffic accident in 2016. The 11-year-old played football for Royal Wootton Bassett youth team and held a black belt in Tae Kwan Do.

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