Twyford charities unite to get through tough timesBy Jon Nurse
February 18, 2013
Village charities are working together to thrive during tough financial times.
A year after Twyford Charities Together’s inception, representatives from the parish’s five charities met to share ideas and exchange best practice to help each other raise between £10,000 and £15,000 this year.
Last year Ruscombe-based Global Hearts for Children, previously known as Feed the Children, went into liquidation, a victim of the economic downturn, but the village’s other charities are looking forward to a bright 2013 as they find strength in unity.
Wargrave-based Camp Mohawk, a day centre for children with special needs, joined the initiative late last year. Centre manager Luke Jansen said: “I’m thrilled with everything that’s going on and really happy to be a part of it.
“We are here to support the community and the more we can talk with each other and get involved in things, the better we will be at what we are passionate about doing.
“In these difficult times, when money is short, it brings us together rather than competing against each other. Everybody wins.”
The group is made up of bereavement charity Daisy’s Dream, Twyford Age Concern, The Piggott School, disabled charity Building for the Future, and Camp Mohawk.
The groups met at The Lady Elizabeth Centre in Polehampton Close on Thursday, when each received £170 from the sale of artwork at The Handmade in Berkshire exhibition during last year’s Diamond Jubilee, and £40 from a fundraising event at the Bird in Hand pub in Bath Road.
This year the charities will benefit from funds raised at a dog show at the Bird in Hand in May, a charity golf day at Hennerton Golf Club in September, collections outside the village Waitrose, fundraising events at Hare Hatch Sheeplands garden centre, and a village partnership fun run in October – together expected to pocket more than £2,000 for each of the groups.
Gordon Storey, of Twyford Village Partnership, said: “We have a fabulous programme.
“Twyford Charities Together is really starting to work.
“The more we put into it the more we are getting out of it.”
Year groups at The Piggott School have again been paired with charities, with the programme launched last year celebrated as a success at the meeting.
“Piggott pupils are writing to me asking for help in events they are coming up with like a five-a-side football tournament – it’s wonderful,” Mr Storey added.
Another success of the initiative’s inaugural year was October’s fun run, which exceeded expectations to raise more than £3,500.