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Charities for 2018

Every penny of the total sum contributed by members of the public this year will, as usual, be shared between several local charities.  The Trustees are pleased to announce the charities to be supported this year are:

Severn Hospice will be supported with half of the amount donated by the public

For nearly 30 years Severn Hospice has been the region’s leading provider of specialist palliative and end of life care. As one of the busiest hospices in the UK our mission is to provide the best care and a better life for people living with an incurable illness, and those important to them. The loving care we provide goes beyond the four walls of our buildings as we care for more patients than ever before in the comfort of their own home. All of the care we provide at Severn Hospice is free of charge, but not without cost. It is thanks to the unwavering support of the people of Shropshire and Mid Wales that our caring teams are able to be there when it matters most for those who need our help. We are immensely proud and grateful for the long relationship between our hospice and the Rotary Clubs in the area. Their commitment and dedication to raising funds for charities like our hospice is truly admirable.  To find out more about the work of the Severn Hospice please follow this link.


Lingen Davis Cancer Care Trust will be supported with 25% of the funds donated by the public. 

Making a positive difference to lives affected by cancer in Shropshire; Telford & Wrekin and Mid-Wales.  To find out more about the work of the Lingen Davies Cancer Care Trust.


Telford Young Carers:Respite - nominated by the Rotary Club of Telford Centre

Aged between 5 and 18 years, young carers look after family members (usually mum, dad, brothers, sisters or grandparents) who are ill or disabled.  The Young Carers Service have over 450 children registered on roll, a significant percentage of the estimated young carers in the borough. 

We initially assess whether a young carer is eligible to register (having some kind of caring role being the main criteria) – referrals may come through social services, school teachers/nurses, doctors and other professionals, or may just be a ‘word of mouth’ self-referral a by family member.

Common conditions young carers may have to deal with are illnesses like MS, arthritis, cancer, special educational needs, mental health issues like bi-polar, depression or anxiety, or alcohol or substance mis-use.

Often they can be ‘primary’ carers – one or more siblings who are caring for probably mum, dad or both with little or no other adult support.

The role they take on might include cooking/housework, shopping, personal care (bathing/toileting), giving medication, keeping someone company or listening to someone and trying to cheer them up.

Young carers can find it rewarding but it can also be challenging.    They can have issues that effect them at school and inside and outside the home, including organising their lives, tiredness, isolation, bullying,  feeling different to their friends, and low self esteem.  Sometimes they have health problems themselves.

They are ordinary children with an extraordinary role.

The Telford & Wrekin Young Carers Service are a managed Telford & Wrekin CVS project, commissioned through Telford & Wrekin Council for around 12 years. We are a small team always working within a limited budget.  We focus on providing the best support we can for the most young carers including:

·      giving them a chance to be themselves

·      listening to anything they want to talk about

·      giving them and their families lots of information and advice

·      providing one-to-one support for those who need it most or may be in crisis

·      providing regular school drop-ins

·      providing term time Young Carers Youth Club

·      providing holiday and half term fun activities

·      matching some with an individual befriender who can take them out regularly

·      providing special activities for young adult carers (over 16)

We rely heavily on our unpaid volunteers to help with all the different areas of support – quite honestly we couldn’t do it without them!

Our team are committed to continuing to support the young carers of Telford into the future.

Tickwood Care Farm - nominated by the Rotary Club of Ironbridge

In 2004 Edward and Anna Dugdale decided to utilise their working Shropshire farm, its woodland, livestock and practical know-how to provide new experiences and opportunities for young people learning to live with trauma and other significant personal challenges.

Tickwood Care Farm is now a registered charity and receives visitors including people disadvantaged by learning difficulties, mental illness and physical disability. Today, Edward and Anna, and the organisations that use Tickwood, have seen that the benefits can be far greater than ever thought possible.  To find out more about the work of the Tickwood Care Farm please follow this link.


Club 2000 - nominated by the Rotary Club of The Wrekin

Club 2000 is a sports and social club for people with disabilities. It is run by volunteers and has to raise all monies for the running of the club. They meet once a week on a Thursday at Oakengates Leisure centre. The main aim of the club is to enable the members to take part in activities that they would not be able to do on their own. Membership to Club 2000 is open to anyone over the age of 16.

You do not have to be disabled to join - Thursday evenings from 6.30 - 9pm @ Oakengates Leisure Centre, New Road, Wrockwardine Wood.  

To find out more about the work of the Club 2000 please follow this link.



Wellington Theatre Company: Youth Section - nominated by the Rotary Club of Wellington

The Youth Theatre meets on Wednesday evenings for ages 8 – 11/12 year olds, from 6:00pm to 7:45pm.  Ages 11/12 – 18  can join a Wednesday group who meet from 8 to 9:30pm or a Sunday group who meet from 5.30 – 7pm. There is sometimes a waiting list for all groups. In addition to their year-round programme, Youth members usually take part in our annual pantomime (held in January) and a musical production (often held in July).  To be placed on the waiting list ‘phone or text your child’s name, date of birth and preferred day (for 11/12 – 18 year olds) to the Youth Leader.  (Clare Foster on 07870286190).  We do not hold auditions to join Belfrey Youth Theatre,  all we ask of our youth members is that they follow our rules and enjoy themselves The price per session is £3, paid on a weekly basis.  The price is kept low to give everyone the opportunity to enjoy the theatre experience.

To find out more about the work of the Belfry Theatre please follow this link.