Club 500 - Supporting Local Charities

Published: 22/12/2021

December's Donation

£2000 of donations this Month!!!!!

I am excited and proud to let you know that this month we have donated an incredible £2000. In addition to our regular donation we have donated £500 to 3 other local organisations in need of extra funds. This is all thanks to the sale of our very own charity Christmas cards. I want to say a big thank you to the artists Nicola Burrell, Sophie Eels, Victoria Frank and Alison Taylor-Willis for creating the beautiful designs and also to all of you who supported us by purchasing cards by not only sending your Christmas wishes to your friends and family but by helping local charities at the same time. As you will see below our Christmas card project turned into a great success!

Monkwick Munch Club
The Monkwick Munch Club is no stranger to The 500 Club and received our first monthly donation back in December 2019.  Maureen Powell, the founder, has dedicated her life to ensure children and families across Colchester don't go hungry. Back in 2018, Maureen recognised a need to provide a hot meal to the children of families on low income during the school holidays, so set up The Munch Club. Since then the need for this support was so apparent that a further three sites across Colchester have opened.  Maureen is an inspiring lady who actively improves families lives, our donation will help her continue to do so.

Wheels for all
Wheels for all is a national organisation which has recently launched in Colchester.  This group provides an opportunity for children and adults with disabilities to engage in cycling activities by utilising specially adapted cycle and facilitated by fully trained leaders.  Wheels for all were delighted to have been chosen and plan to spend our donation to purchase new equipment.

Beau's Autism Dog
Life can be very challenging for  5 year old Beau who has ASD, even the things in life that seem tiny to us can become very difficult and stressful for Beau and when his parents visited an assistance dog they discovered just how beneficial these highly trained therapy dogs can be, making people with autism feel calm, secure and safe.  Since then, Beau's parents have endeavoured to raise the funds needed to provide Beau with his own autism dog. The family were overwhelmed that they were chosen to receive our donation and I am glad we can go some way to making them achieve their goal.

GO4 Community Cafe
The GO4 Community Cafe is an old friend of The 500 Club, we have made previous donations and they are firm favourites in our monthly nominations.  The cafe is run by Piter & Pepi who tirelessly support the community surrounding the cafe by not only providing a meeting place for the whole community irrespective of their needs but during the pandemic have supported the food bank by identifying and ensuring individuals and families in their area and providing them with food.  With the prospect of a difficult few months ahead, the GO4 were very grateful to receive our donation.