Community Champions

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

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.

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.

Law firm marks Colour The World Orange Day with donation

Written by Peter Davison.

Louise Hart presents the donation to Julie WeymouthLaw firm Royds Withy King marked Colour The World Orange Day with a donation to leading national Complex Regional Pain Syndrome charity, CRPS UK.

The international campaign, which took place on Monday (November 4), was held to raise awareness of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, a debilitating condition which affects the lives of people across the UK every year.

The donation will be allocated to the CRPS UK grant scheme. CRPS sufferers from across the country can apply for a grant to cover the cost of their travelling expenses to enable them to attend the new RNHRD & Brownsword Therapies Centre located at the Royal United Hospital in Bath.

The CRPS team at Royds Withy King is led by Partner Louise Hart.

“We work with many clients around the country who suffer with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome every day. It is a condition that is not well understood, but still has a massive impact upon those who have to live with it," she said.

“While we strive every day to obtain compensation for those who have developed CRPS as a result of an injury, there are many who do not have this opportunity. Our hope is that these funds go some way to enable everyone to be able to access treatment at the national treatment centre located in Bath.”

Fiona Armitage, from CRPS UK, said: “On behalf of CRPS UK, we would like to thank Royds Withy King for their most generous donation towards our Grant Scheme. This will allow us to offer patients the opportunity to attend their appointments by assisting them with their travel costs.”

CRPS UK grew from the support group at the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases in Bath. In 2011, the group decided to extend its reach beyond patients at the hospital and CRPS UK was formed.

Café serves up support for less fortunate

Written by Peter Davison.

Lily and Jess Shergold


A Devizes café is spreading some goodwill this winter by supporting two initiatives that help others.

Sprout, in St John’s Street, is once again supporting the Wiltshire Community Foundation’s Surviving Winter campaign, which gives grants to vulnerable people living in fuel poverty, and has launched Suspended Coffee, its own scheme to allow customers to buy a coffee for people who are less fortunate.

Wealth managers swap suits for overalls on volunteering day

Written by Peter Davison.

Staff at Marlborough-based wealth management firm Brewin Dolphin have swapped their suits for overalls and calculators for paintbrushes as part of their annual volunteering day.

Working in two groups, 17 members of staff went into Preshute Primary School during the half-term holidays to clean, tidy and paint the premises.

The spruce-up was organised by Brewin Dolphin paraplanner Heather Randall, whose daughter Matilda is in Year Two at the school.

"As a full-time working mum, I sometimes feel guilty that I can't help out at school," she admitted.

"So as an alternative I thought that I and my colleagues at Brewin Dolphin could use our annual volunteering day to help at the school.

"Brewin Dolphin encourages each of its staff to take a day out of the office and work with the communities in which we live and work, and make a positive contribution to the wider community and society."

The initiative – which was shared on a community Facebook page – was widely praised by other parents. Children will get to see the team's handiwork when they return to school on Monday.

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