Community Champions

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

Businessman prepares for marathon fundraising effort

Written by Peter Davison.

John Williams and Leigh Martin


Businessman John Williams and his running mate Leigh Martin are about to run their own marathon course – after their plans to run in Berlin were thwarted by Covid-19.

Known as the co-founder of heating and plumbing company John Williams Heating Services, John (51) is in training for the bespoke 'Not The Berlin Marathon' around Chippenham on Sunday, September 27.

Crew aiming to row Atlantic for cancer charity is supported by local marketing expert

Written by Peter Davison.

The Anna Victorious crew


A team of four men will face 40ft waves and pull in excess of 1.5 million strokes when they across the Atlantic to raise money for Victoria’s Promise - a cancer charity which supported crewman Ed’s wife Anna as she battled cancer.

Team Anna Victorious are being aided by Marlborough-based marketing expert Maggie Robinson through her business, Smart Thinking Consultancy. She’ll be helping the team fundraise for Victoria’s Promise, which supports and empowers young women and their families through cancer and beyond.

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.

Coronavirus fund grant keeps town’s vital transport group on the road

Written by Peter Davison.

Dial a Ride in action


A Swindon charity that provides a vital transport lifeline to elderly and vulnerable people has been given a boost from the Wiltshire Community Foundation.

Swindon Dial A Ride has been awarded £10,000 from the community foundation’s Coronavirus Response Fund, which has now raised more than £950,000 and distributed more than £600,000 to 167 groups, to help it continue its service when the lockdown eases.

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.

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