500 Club - Supporting Local Charities

Published: 01/12/2022

Wellies-On Therapy Farm in Abberton

Wellies-On are based in Abberton and the staff there run a care farm with occupational therapists. They support children and adults from all different backgrounds via referrals from schools, colleges, and social services.  They have the farm and can do pop up/flat pack farms if it is difficult for an individuals or groups to get to them.

As they are a Community Interest Company, Wellies-On relies heavily on donations and financial gifts, when we contacted them last week they were overwhelmed to have been chosen to receive our donation.  They have recently been working on building a guinea pig village (Guinea Pigs being hugely popular with all those that visit there!) which is still incomplete.  The staff there aren currently compiling a list of items they need.


Honywood School Food Bank

One of our members whose children attend Honywood School emailed me earlier this month following a face book appeal on the school's Facebook page.  The school are planning to set up an initiative to provide a Foodbank within the school grounds to provide food to the community surrounding them.  All they needed to get the scheme off the ground was a secure shed to store the items.
Following the appeal, the school was contacted by a local company who pledged some funds and now that they have received our donation they can go ahead and get the food bank off the ground.

The Tom Bowdidge Foundation

For those who have not heard of Tom Bowdidge, he was an incredible young man who dedicated the last year of his short life raising money and awareness to help young people with a cancer diagnosis. Tom died in 2013 and since then his parents have been fulfilling his aspiration.
To date they have donated £176,000 to provide emotional and practical support for patients and their families, £403,000 to develop targeted treatments for teenagers, and 23% of their funding has been used to create age-appropriate environments in hospitals.