WSC has a long tradition of fundraising for a charity each season – usually a small local charity.
The charity for 2020/21, selected by our president (traditional in second year of office) is Changing Tunes.
The mission of the charity is to help offenders in prison to lead crime-free lives that are meaningful and creative. This is pursued by running long-term music rehabilitation programmes in prisons, secure children’s homes and post-release. For over 30 years they have been active in prisons and have been running post-release hubs for over 20 years. They are involved in 18 prisons in the South and South West of England, the Midlands and South Wales. This is a link to the website which includes a video which explains the impact of the programmes. https://www.changingtunes.org.uk
The charity held an online concert on 14th November. This is available free to view here
Please consider making a donation if you have enjoyed it. Well worth a look.
We were delighted to see CEO David Jones at our Charity Dance. Alison presented a cheque.
For 2019-20, the Club Charity was ARC Recovery Cafe
Based in the crypt at St Mary Redcliffe Church, this voluntary organisation provides training and work for people recovering from drug or alcohol addiction.
In view of the coronavirus lockdown, a decision was taken to close the cafe. However the parent organisation, Addiction Recovery Agency (ARA) supports people with the same issues and it was agreed that this year’s collection be given to ARA. The sum of £1300 was donated.
For 2018 – 2019, the Club Charity was Off the Record.
This is a young people’s service run by and for young people in Bristol. OTR opened its doors in 1965 and can justifiably claim to be one of the first young people’s information, advice and counselling services (YIAC) in the country. OTR began life as a combined initiative between the Bristol Association of Youth Clubs and Bristol Marriage and Family Guidance Council.
In the course of their work in youth clubs and schools, both organisations were aware of the considerable numbers of young people for whom counselling would be appropriate. In the absence of a service that was free, confidential, and targeted specifically at young people, Off the Record (Bristol) was born. The club donated £2000.
For 2017 – 2018, the Club Charity was Above & Beyond
The mission of Above & Beyond is to make a real difference to patients, their families and the staff who treat them in Bristol city centre hospitals. These are the Bristol Royal Infirmary, the Bristol Heart Institute, the Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre, the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, the Bristol Eye Hospital, St Michael’s Hospital, the Bristol Dental Hospital and the South Bristol Community Hospital. They fundraise to:
- Create welcoming environments.
- Provide state of the art equipment.
- Fund innovative research.
- Support staff training and development.
Westbury Scottish Club (Bristol)’s fundraising efforts continued throughout the year. They included raffles, sales of goods made by members, donations, the proceeds of our Charity Dance in July (which is always very well supported) and some sponsored events. A cheque for £1673 was presented to a Charity representative at the Charity Dance.
For more information please visit Above & Beyond web site.
For 2016 – 2017, the club Charity was Headway Bristol, who provide cognitive and social rehabilitation for adults with brain injury, and support and respite for their families through their comprehensive range of services. The club was able to present a cheque for £2589.50 to a representative during the Charity Dance in July.
For 2015 – 2016, the club Charity was Bristol NW Foodbank, a charity run across the Avonmouth, Henbury, Clifton, Hotwells and Kingsweston electoral wards. Bristol NW Foodbank is part of a national network of 400+ Foodbanks, affiliated to the Trussell Trust.
The Club raised over £2,000 for the charity during the year.
For 2014 – 2015, the club Charity was BRACE, a Bristol based registered charity that funds research into Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Steve Day, our president was delighted to hand over a cheque for £1,767.52 to Susan Marshfield, BRACE charity President at our Charity Dance in July.
2014 Our charity was PWSA UK which has been operating for over 30 years and is the only organisation in the UK that is dedicated solely to supporting people with Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS), their families, carers and professionals. We were delighted to hand over a cheque for £1,244.00 on the occasion of our Charity Dance this year.
2013 Our President, Steve Day, presented Penny Lawrence
and Mike Page, representatives of the Great Western
Air Ambulance Charity, with a cheque for £1500 at this
year’s Charity Dance. The cheque was gratefully received
and will go towards a more modern Eurocopter 135.
2012 The President presented a cheque for £1500to representatives from The Bristol Child Contact Centre at the Charity Dance in July 2012. They were delighted with this gift and it will be put towards continuing their valuable work with families.
During 2010-2011 we supported Lawrence Weston Community Farm, a city farm that provides opportunities for local people to “experience the daily delights of community farming and gardening”. Our President, Michael Jones, presented Ian Fielder and Yvonne Jordan with a cheque for £1,200.