Our branches have chosen their own local charities to support this year with a host of fund raising activities.
Grantham Branch has this year decided to support the Grantham Journal Children’s Fund. This fund, formally the Christopher Buckingham Trust, was founded over 30 years ago.
Christopher, a local lad aged nine, developed a rare form of Leukaemia which at that time was only treatable in America. Through the Grantham Journal, an appeal was started to raise the funding to get him there. A magnificent £25,000 was very quickly raised but sadly Christopher died before he could receive any treatment.
A group of three trustees was appointed to manage the money raised, and soon after the fund was set up it was decided that it would be more beneficial if it were to have charitable status. The money raised was then placed in this fund with the aim of helping local children up to the age of 14 years who were either terminally ill or had a life threatening illness. Help has ranged from providing specialist equipment and the building of special needs items in bathrooms and bedrooms to trips to Lapland, Disney Paris and Legoland. The project for 2017, will be the Festival of Excitement, which will be a great family event, allowing disabled children to have precious time with parents, siblings and carers.
Melton Branch has chosen to support local charity Dove Cottage Day Hospice. Located in Stathern, Melton Mowbray, Dove Cottage is an independent organisation offering high quality palliative day care to those living in NE Leicestershire and Rutland with supportive and palliative care needs, living with advanced progressive life limiting illness and offers over 3,700 day care places every year.
Oakham Branch has chosen to support Rutland Rotaract Family Support Centre (RRFSC). The RRFSC is a small local charity, based in Oakham, with the aim of providing social, recreational, educational and therapeutic support to children and young people (0-25 years) with special educational needs, and their families.
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