Trusts & Supporters
Since our launch in October 2016, we have had major support from several organisations and this means that we have now reached £1 million in donations and pledges.
The Chamwell Centre Charity trustees are delighted to have support from local organisations.
A HUGE thank you to all our supporters.
The Pied Piper Appeal
The Pied Piper Appeal has pledged £500,000 over three years to support building the facilities at The Chamwell Centre. Pied Piper has already given a substantial sum out of this fund to allow us to build the outside play areas in the summer of 2017.
The Pied Piper Appeal has also provided funding to purchase four RaceRunners, used in school and at a local athletics track, to allow children with physical disability to run and compete in athletics. The Appeal also provided funds to pay for two of our young athletes to attend the World Championships for the sport in Denmark in July 2017.
The Pied Piper Appeal has worked as the county’s leading children’s charity since it was founded 26 years ago. The money raised goes directly to support the sick and disabled children in the county who need help.
Gloucestershire Disability Fund
The Gloucestershire Disability Fund (GDF) donated £245,000 towards the Chamwell Centre towards the cost of building the atrium and community cafe facility. The charity’s trustees were inspired by the vision of the overall scheme which they felt was exactly what their main benefactor – Miss Edith Stuart, herself disabled as a result of polio – would have liked to see provided for those with disabilities. That adults will also have access to the new facilities they believe is a marvellous bonus.
The Gloucestershire Disability Fund provides grants to people with disabilities of all ages as well as financial support to not-for-profit organisations/groups and community groups working to enhance the lives of people living with a physical, sensory or learning disability in Gloucestershire.
Gloucestershire Arthritis Trust
The Gloucestershire Arthritis Trust (GAT) committed our support of the Chamwell Centre, through a two-year programme of fundraising.
Hydrotherapy for All is GAT’s main campaign to provide the latest physiotherapy equipment to The Chamwell Centre, once built. Adults in Gloucestershire struggling with the pain of arthritis before an operation or as they recover from surgery will benefit from the hydrotherapy and physiotherapy treatments at the centre.
Swim Across the Moon is another way for GAT’s supporters to raise the funds to build and run the Chamwell Centre. It is an exciting sponsored swim challenge with countywide support to swim 3,474,000m – the diameter of the moon! Click here to find out how you can take part.
The Gloucestershire Arthritis Trust was set up in 1983 by the county’s orthopaedic surgeons to help those whose lives are blighted by the great pain and lack of mobility caused by arthritis. With around 200 different kinds of arthritis, and a national figure of around ten million people affected, its work is never-ending.
Gloucestershire Community Foundation
The Gloucestershire Community Foundation has already contributed to our work by providing funds to set up the infrastructure, allowing the new Charity to be created, plans to be drawn up and planning permission obtained for the new Centre.
Connecting local need and giving, the Gloucestershire Community Foundation is dedicated to funding community-based action that improves the lives of Gloucestershire’s most disadvantaged. Child poverty, unemployment, isolation, homelessness, domestic violence, people with life-limiting illness and excluded young people are just some of the issues tackled by the Foundation.
Wooden Spoon Charity
The Wooden Spoon Charity is raising money to help us build a multi-use games area (MUGA) pitch to be shared with Longlevens Rugby Football Club, The Milestone School and the Chamwell Centre – with facilities available to all.
Chairman Tim Heal spoke at the fundraising launch at The Milestone School when Gloucester rugby player Charlie Sharples met pupils and runners for the London Marathon.
“We are delighted to be associated with the Chamwell Centre project. We are looking forward to supporting the development of a MUGA pitch to be shared between Longlevens Rugby Club, The Milestone School and the Chamwell Centre. With this facility there will be many more opportunities for young people and adults to take part in a great team sport whether they are able-bodied or disabled.”
Tim Heal, Chair of Gloucestershire Wooden Spoon
Wooden Spoon is the children’s charity of rugby. From sensory rooms, specialist playgrounds and sports activity areas to respite, medical and community care, it funds around 70 projects each year that support disadvantaged and disabled children. Since it was set up in 1983, Wooden Spoon has distributed over £24 million, helping over one million young people.
Garfield Weston Foundation
Celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2018, the Garfield Weston Foundation is a family-founded charitable grant-making foundation which supports causes across the UK with grants totalling over £60million each year. 2018 also marks its £1billionth donation since it was established.
One of the largest and most respected charitable institutions in the UK, the Weston Family Trustees are descendants of the founder and they take a highly active and hands-on approach. The Foundation’s funding comes from an endowment of shares in the family business which includes Twinings, Primark, Kingsmill (all part of Associated British Foods Plc) and Fortnum & Mason amongst others – a successful model that still endures today; as the businesses have grown so too have the charitable donations.
From small community organisations to large national institutions, the Foundation supports a broad range of charities and activities that make a positive impact in the communities in which they work. Over 1,500 charities across the UK benefit each year from the Foundation’s grants.
The Clothworkers’ Foundation
The Clothworkers’ Foundation awards capital grant to organisations working to improve the lives of people and communities, particularly those that face disadvantage. Supporting people with disabilities is one of our key programme areas and The Chamwell Centre charity was a great fit with our funding priorities.
Zurich Community Trust
Zurich Community Trust were delighted to be able to support the Chamwell Centre’s funding application request, by the Cheltenham Grants Committee. The opportunity to support specialist physiotherapy with hydrotherapy for children with muscular dystrophy is truly beneficial to health and enjoyment. We are so pleased that the Chamwell Centre can provide this as a local facility, which benefits the whole family.
Cheltenham College Prefects were unanimous in their choice to support The Chamwell Centre, as their charity for the year 2017-2018. They wanted to make a meaningful and significant contribution towards helping people with disabilities in Gloucestershire.
Throughout the year their enthusiasm and commitment in fund-raising showed no bounds. Key events included a sell-out College Rugby Match at the Sixways Stadium Worcester, a one million metre sponsored College Row, and Whole School Walk up Leckhampton Hill.
The total of combined fund-raising resulted in £24,000, far exceeding the Prefects’ original target. As a College community we are proud to have taken part in a project that will have such a positive impact on so many people, for years to come.
Cheltenham Ladies’ College
Cheltenham Ladies’ College opened in 1854, with the purpose of providing girls with a thorough academic education. Over 160 years later, we continue to be proud of our strong tradition of innovation, academic excellence and empowerment in the education of young women who are enthusiastic, intellectually curious and self-motivated.
In 2017, College girls and staff swam over 61,000m and held a Pirate Pool Party in support of the Chamwell Centre “Swim Across the Moon” appeal, after being introduced to the appeal by one of our Sixth Form students.
Local Authority Grants
Gloucestershire County Council has given funds to purchase four RaceRunners, through its Capital Grants for Short Breaks fund and has also pledged £60k to pay for fully accessible toilet and changing facilities in The Chamwell Centre.
Gloucester City has supported All Ability Athletics, run by The Chamwell Centre, through its Youth Grants Scheme.