Charities supported by Farnham Weyside Rotary Club
We support a number of charities, locally, nationally and internationally. We do this in a number of ways, including local fundraising as well as regular large scale events, such as the Farnham Duck Race and the Farnham Pilgrim Marathon. For more information about each charity and how we help them, click on the links. The Club has raised over half a million pounds for charity since its foundation in 1984.
Sarah’s Fund (support of a children’s hospice in Kampala, Uganda)
We raise funds for several local charities, including those listed below
Bells Piece is a charming home, on the outskirts of Farnham, which offers 24-hour support to adults with learning difficulties. It has a family atmosphere with lots of visitors, staff and guests – not to mention the resident cat.
Frensham Pond Sailability aims to provide first class sailing facilities for disabled people. It is based at Frensham Pond Sailing Club, near Farnham in Surrey. It prides itself on the quality of its racing, training and safety programmes.
Shooting Star CHASE is a children’s hospice service, caring for families with a child or teenager with a life-limiting condition.The charity currently helps over 600 families living in western London, Surrey and West Sussex. The aim is to make every day count for these families, being there for every step of the journey, sharing the good times and helping them through the tough times with nursing and emotional support.
Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice serves a population of 600,000 in West Surrey and North East Hampshire, caring for seriously ill people and their families both at the Hospice and in the local community. Funding from the NHS accounts for only 12% of the Hospice’s income – the rest is raised from fundraising. Farnham Weyside contributes towards this.
Step by Step provides emergency accommodation to young people aged 16 to around 25, not just to keep them off the streets, but to provide accommodation and support to give them opportunities which can lead to independent living. Step by Step is Farnham Weyside President’s Charity of the Year.
Woodlarks is a residential care home and arts workshop for physically disabled people providing accessible facilities for the disabled and wheelchair users. These include a purpose-built kitchen, physiotherapy sessions in the well -equipped gym and ongoing professional training.
A wide range of international charities is supported by Farnham Weyside Rotary Club.
The biggest project in which Farnham Weyside and all other Rotary Clubs throughout the world are involved is Polio Plus. This involves the World Health Organisation and the Bill Gates Trust and its purpose is to eradicate polio from the face of the earth. Over 33,000 clubs in more than 200 countries are involved in this work and cases have fallen by 99%. The final 1%, however, remains an important challenge.
An important project supported by Rotary International and by Farnham Weyside is Shelterbox. It is a worldwide charity that provides aid as quickly as possible to areas hit by disaster. Each Shelterbox contains a tent for a family of 10 and a collection of practical items to help them survive
The Farnham Weyside Rotary Club also raises funds for several other projects overseas, particularly in Africa and Central America. Some of these involve providing sources of clean water, others are aimed at helping to equip schools. An innovative project is Send A Cow, which gives families in Africa livestock and training to help them become self sufficient.
The Nepal Trust works mainly in the remote and impoverished Humla district. There are no roads, hardly any communication facilities, few functioning schools and minimal health facilities. The child mortality rate is 30-40%. Simple basic health care, education and the introduction of renewable energy systems are projects aided by Farnham Weyside.