Our local community is at the heart of what we do. The slideshow below shows our story so far, both in monetary terms and more practical initiatives.. Hover your mouse (PC) or tap the picture (tablet or phone) at the bottom of the image to see a description if needed. You can move the slideshow forward at your own pace.
Proceeds from our raffle and refreshments are donated to a local charity each October, as chosen by our members. In addition, speakers from charities often choose to donate their fee to the organisation they represent. So far we've supported:
Guide Dogs for the Blind to help train a local puppy
Wiltshire Air Ambulance
Naomi's House in Devizes
Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum
The National Gardens Scheme via entry fees for visits
Wilts & Berks Canal Trust
South Western Ambulance Charity
Our running total currently stands at nearly £750.
Knitted, crafted and baked goods have also been popular, not just with our Crafty Crew getting busy! Our makes include:
'Traffic light' hats for the premature baby unit at the RUH
Innocent hats to help support Age UK's loneliness projects (Alleviating Loneliness was the WI's resolution for 2016)
'Roses for Rosie' for Springboard just across from where we meet
Cakes for SSAFAS events in Chippenham as well those baked for our October meeting
We've found donation in kind is a great way to support organisations without the constant call for cash from our members. To Doorway we've given dried and tinned goods for their food bank, plus other items such as toiletries for their projects with homeless women in our town.
We also have an annual collection of bras for Against Breast Cancer, which is a great way of keeping our smalls from landfill (thus also adding our support to the WI's 'End Plastic Soup' resolution) as well as helping to raise funds for breast cancer research and various projects in Africa.
Last but not least we are a charity ourselves! Our monthly refreshments and raffle help fund our activities on an ongoing basis, plus we've also held very successful quizzes and afternoon tea parties. The sales table at our monthly meetings supports our Sunshine Fund, which is used to cheer up our members when needed or to celebrate their successes.
Easyfundraising is our latest way to support ourselves when we shop online and is a simple way of earning extra funds without the need to organise lots of special events. It's feel good shopping!