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Our 7th year Memory Tree raised £420.00, this has been shared between our 3 chosen charities, Somerset MIND, Chard and Crewkerne after Stroke Group and Sweet Surprise of Ilminster
This is our 7th year of providing a Memory tree for those who have lost a loved one and wish to remember them.
This years charities are Somerset Mind, Chard and Crewkerne after Stroke Group and Sweet Surprise of Ilminster.
We chose Somerset Mind as one of our Charities to help and show support for all those who may have struggled with their mental health during lockdown. We also chose to support a local group in Chard and Ilminster where our funeral home's are located.
Before National Lockdown was announced by the Government Racing events were still permitted.
The annual Grizzly charity fundraising event, luckily was scheduled to take place prior to any announcements.
This years event was called 'hills a plenty' a grueling 20 mile off road race, starting in Seaton passing through Beer, then over the cliffs to Branscombe, across the beach and a loop around the countryside, back to the beach up the steep steps and returning to Beer to finally finish at Seaton seafront.
Our 6th year memory tree raised a total of £403.50 for the Musgrove Babies Appeal.
Your generous donations enabled us to donate towards the completion of a second private room for families
who are going through the trauma of baby loss.
This will enable a family to spend quality time together in more private surroundings, whilst still being able to receive high quality professional care from the midwifery team.
This is our 6th year of providing a Memory tree for those who have lost a loved one and wish to remember them.
This years charity is Musgrove Babies Appeal.
The Maternity Unit and its existing facilities were built just after the war in the 1940s and currently welcomes over 3,000 new babies
in to the world per year. The current facilities are in need of modernising, expanding and upgrading since their original construction.
The refurbishment project will focus on improving flow, capacity and providing a better patient experience for mums during and after their pregnancy.
This is our 5th year of providing a Memory tree for those who have lost a loved one and wish to remember them.
This years charity is Somerset Sight a charity working with visually impaired people across Somerset.
They provide immediate help and support to enable visually impaired people to lead a more independent life. Giving them confidence to live independently, improve emotional wellbeing, to feel less isolated. The resource and rehabilitation unit at Northfield House, Taunton is open Monday to Friday demonstrating and giving advice on the latest equipment available to the visually impaired.
They also offer courses for people to learn how to adapt to life without sight.
The Mobile Advisory Service visits more than 40 towns and villages around Somerset.
Other services provided by Somerset Sight are emotional support services, volunteer visiting, support at hospital eye clinics and providing monthly social clubs in Somerset. The charity is currently supporting over 3,000 people across the county.
In 2019 Somerset Sight will be celebrating 100 years, their current fundraising campaign is the centenary brick appeal, to improve Northfield House to enable them to provide first class facilities offering more space for consultations, to be able to provide more training sessions for braille and technology equipment and more sight loss training and more support throughout the community.
The charity is hoping to create a commemorative brochure of the work and families helped over the last 100 years. So do please get in touch if you or a family member has received help from the charity, formerly known as Somerset County Committee for the welfare of the Blind, The Somerset County Blind Association Committee and The Somerset County Association for the Blind.
Claire, Anne Taylor and Mary Gale represented the Inner Wheel Club of Chard at the Party in the Park, they were promoting their club as well as selling jewellery and accessories made out of recycled magazines and can ring pulls for the charity Purple Community Fund.
Although wet and windy a great time was had.
Both Barry and Claire hope to cycle the 38 miles from Yeovil Hospice to Taunton Hospice on Sunday 6th August.
They have been out on 1 practice cycle so far and hope to raise funds for the great cause that is St. Margaret's Hospice.
Although Barry handed over the Presidential responsibilities of Chard Rotary Club to Robin Williams, Claire decided to stay on for one more year as President of the Inner Wheel Club of Chard.
Quad Kids in a annual sporting event for local Primary Schools held by Rotary at Holyrood Academy. Both Barry and Claire enjoy helping out with the howler throwing.
The people of Chard, Ilminster and the surrounding area were invited to place a star in memory of a loved one upon the tree. Those wishing to could also make a donation to St. Margaret’s Somerset Hospice.
The sum raised was £346.28 with B. Gibbs Funeral Services also pledging £200.00 to make a Grand total of £546.28.
Barry and all at B. Gibbs Funeral services would like to take this opportunity to thank all those people who placed a star on the tree and to all those who made such generous donations.
Pictured are Teresa Coombes, Head of Inpatient Services
Barry & Claire Gibbs
Sharon Pavey Community Fundraiser