Community Champions

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

Test your brainpower with fundraising quiz

Written by Peter Davison.

Michael Blaken


Swindon’s Optimum Professional Services is inviting people to pit their wits by entering a charity brainteaser next month and are counting on getting lots of entries.

The fun quiz, on Wednesday February 26, is open to teams of four and all proceeds will go towards the company’s two charities of the year: children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent and mental health charity Wiltshire Mind.

Business group boosts coffers of local charities

Written by Peter Davison.

Babs Harris, CEO of Alzheimer's Support, Kieran Thomas, director of Priority IT, and Rachel Fear, fundraiser for Alzheimer’s Support


Members of a Melksham-based business group have raised more than £13,000 for local charities over the past 12 months.

The 35 members of Business Growth Group have raised vital funds for charities working in the the arts, health and care sector, and with young people, and animals.

Annual charity quiz is a record breaker

Written by Peter Davison.

Winning team The Pot Bellies with Leanne Anderson of MHA Monahans


The annual Swindon Sports Quiz, organised by chartered accountants MHA Monahans, has this year raised £2,260 for charity – the highest amount raised since the charity quiz’s inception 28 years ago.

Fundraising is just the ticket at Swindon serviced offices

Written by Peter Davison.

Rombourne manager Danielle Mottram (left) and Swindon Mayor Kevin Parry, with Debbie Clark, of The Jessie May Trust


Swindon’s Rombourne serviced offices threw open its doors to help raise funds for one of its clients with a coffee and mince pie morning.

Visitors to Rombourne, based at Lydiard Fields, West Swindon, were invited to buy raffle tickets and get into the Christmas spirit to help raise funds for The Jessie May Trust, which has an office at the centre.

Brewer helps keep elderly warm this winter

Written by Peter Davison.

Wadworth commercial director Jonathan Thomas with Wiltshire Community Foundation office manager Maggie Watson, left, and grants administrator Karen Pugh, sampling Winter’s Tail at The Crown in Devizes


Devizes brewery Wadworth is using its special edition festive ale to help keep the elderly warm this winter.

The brewery is donating 10p from the sale of each pint of Winter’s Tail in its Wiltshire pubs to the Wiltshire Community Foundation’s Surviving Winter appeal, which is marking its tenth anniversary.

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