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“One donation, twice the impact”

Water Survival Box is taking part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge again this year. From next Tuesday 30 November you can help us release £10000 of pledges by making online donations to us via the Big Give. The giving period runs from noon on 30th until 12pm on 7 December. Please note that if you have already made a pledge to us you can’t make a donation.Follow this link

Help us transform Edie’s life.

Edie Browne is a remarkable 9 year old girl who lives with her family in Chew Stoke. Despite battling with many health issues and disabilities, Edie loves life and is such a joyful child. She loves going out and about with her family but due to her disabilities this is very difficult. To provide the ability to go out together, the family identified a Vanraam specialised wheelchair bicycle. However this type of equipment is not Government funded. The family approached Chelwood Bridge Rotary, who in the past have raised funds to purchase a walking aid for Edie. 

Chelwood Bridge Rotary have agreed to organise crowdfunding for the Vanraam wheelchair bike, through the GlobalGiving platform. Donations will transform Edie and her family’s lives. The crowdfunding will be open for the whole of November and donations can be made via Global Giving, link below.  Thank You

Chelwood Bridge Rotary Charity Golf Day 2021

Join us for a day’s golf at the beautiful Farrington Park and help support Cystic Fibrosis Trust with funds for their research for this condition which affects so many young people.

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Water Survival Box sending aid to Syria and the Yemen

Together, when the call comes, we will be ready 

In the last two weeks we have been able, despite Covid-19 restrictions, to answer the request for aid in the Yemen and Syria. Sending a total of 400 boxes to two of today’s worst humanitarian crises.

This is quite an achievement for a small Rotary Club charity who rely on volunteers to pack boxes and you, our donors, to help provide the funds to pay for the contents of each box. 

In the English language there are a number of sayings used to illustrate a situation or moment in time. So, when we use the saying “A Stitch in Time” coupled with “A Picture is better than 1000 words” to draw attention to our present situation, you will understand our need to take action now before a new crisis is identified. With the departure of the last two consignments ‘the WSB cupboard is bare’ and this is a request to help us to fill a void.




For right now our shelves are empty, our boxes are en route and volunteer packing sessions are being scheduled, for we know a new call for action will come and we need to be prepared. 




If you, your club, or organisation would like to be a part of our story, go to our donation page for together we can make a huge difference to the lives of families displaced by natural or manmade disaster. Also if your members would like to know more about our project we would be happy to make a presentation via Zoom or face to face when allowed. You can follow the latest aid consignments from packing to the final distribution to those in need by viewing the website.

Charity Online Auction from Chelwood Bridge Rotary

Auction Now Live. over 70 lotsfrom holidays to helicopter rides, from pamper days to diving courses, something just for you to enjoy whilst supporting Children’s Hospice South West, St Peters Hospice and Designability, and other charities supported by Chelwood Rotary. 

To view and bid, follow the link to Jumblebee and simply select an item you wish to bid on, enter your bid, you will then be asked to, “Log In” or “Register” your contact details.

If you can’t find anything you wish to bid on, and still wish to support these charities, you can always make a donation via our PayPal account.

A small selection below

Calling all Quizzers – A Virtual Quiz Night for Charity

Calling all Quizzers – A Virtual Quiz Night for Charity

The Rotary Club of Chelwood Bridge are running a Virtual Quiz Night on Thursday 22nd October at 7:30 pm, in aid of Children’s Hospice Southwest, the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and other local causes supported by Rotary. This will be held on the cloud-based video conferencing service Zoom. If you love quizzes then get involved for a fun night.
For more information and to register visit:-

The Rotary Club of Chelwood Bridge helps a local disabled girl.

In March 2016 the Rotary Club of Chelwood Bridge was approached by a family, living in the Chew Valley, with a request for help in the purchase of a specialised walker. Their youngest daughter Edie was born with a rare chromosome abnormality which resulted in her having open heart surgery. She also has learning difficulties, spinal and joint problems, reflux and was nonverbal. For her first 3 years Edie was solely tube fed and during this time suffered four seizures. She was unable to walk for some time but learnt to crawl and eventually pull stand.

Despite all of the above Edie constantly exceeded the expectations of health professionals and was the happiest, joyful, determined little girl you could wish to meet.  The family felt that Edie would greatly benefit from the use of a Hart Walker. This is a telescopically adjustable, young person, walking device that encourage the most natural gait pattern possible. Unfortunately, this walker was not available through the NHS and would have to be funded privately.  The Club unanimously agreed and the walker was purchased in April of 2016.

In September of 2020 the Club received the following from the family:

“The Rotary Club of Chelwood Bridge very kindly helped us purchase a Hart Walker for our disabled daughter and we are sure that is what kept our daughter Edie going on the road of walking independence as the Hart Walker enabled her to get in the rhythm with confidence of putting 1 step in front of the other. Edie is doing very well and is now a confident walker but due to her severe and worsening scoliosis she is starting to get tired more quickly and becomes uncomfortable so her walking stamina has weakened a little bit but her spinal surgeon has said her learning to walk will have had a profound positive effect on slowing the progression of her curvature down.  She remains the happiest, joyful and determined little girl she has always been.”

The Rotary Club of Chelwood Bridge was so pleased to have been given the opportunity to help Edie and we all wish her well, in the certainty that she will continue to amaze us all with her progress.

Chelwood Bridge helping Finn from Winford

Can you assist us to help young Finn from Winford realise a more fulfilling life? 

Finn is an 8 year old boy with quadriplegic cerebral palsy with very limited functions. He loves the outdoors but as he grows older his ability to participate in activities he so enjoys is becoming more challenging as his parents are finding it harder to lift him. The solution is a specialist Hippocampe all-terrain wheelchair.

Chelwood Bridge Rotary Club are spearheading a crowd funding campaign to raise £4,400 to enable Finn’s family purchase this wheelchair and accessories.

Please visit to read Finn’s story and donate by 30th September at the latest.

Please share this appeal with a family member, friend or business colleague. Even a quick mention on your social media would mean the world to Finn’s family and us.

In times like this, we are reminded of how interconnected we all are. Thank you for being part of our community. Without you, none of it is possible. 

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Water Survival Box

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This year, Water Survival Box is applying to take part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge, the UK’s biggest online match funding campaign. We’re hoping to raise vital funds for our project 

As part of our application, we need our key supporters to make promises of funding, called ‘Pledges’, which will be used as match funds to double online donations made to our charity during the campaign. Your commitment of funding might also help us to secure additional match funds via a Champion (sourced by the Big Give).

We are aiming to raise a total of £[12500 in pledges to take part in the Christmas Challenge. Would you consider making a pledge to help us reach our target?

 If you would be willing to make a pledge to us, you can do so by completing this online form by the deadline of 5pm, Friday 28th August: 


What is the Christmas Challenge?

The Christmas Challenge (the UK’s biggest online match funding campaign) helps UK-registered charities to raise funds for their projects by doubling donations when the campaign goes live on 1st December. You can find full details of the Christmas Challenge, and how your pledge will enable us to be part of the UK’s largest Matched Funding Challenge, on Research shows that 84% of donors are more likely to give in a match funding campaign and that donations are on average 2.5 times bigger so we’re very excited about the opportunity to take part.

 How does it work?

  • The matching pots used to double donations for charities taking part in the Christmas Challenge are made up of a combination of funds. These are funds sourced by the charity (‘Pledges’) and funds sourced by the Big Give (‘Champions’) which are available if we are successfully selected by a Champion. 
  • The timeline for fulfilling the pledge (i.e. transferring the funds to us) is 9th December 2020 – 15th January 2021.
  • Fulfilment of your pledge is conditional on us receiving the appropriate online donations during the campaign (1st December – 8th December). You will only be required to pay a pro-rata amount of your pledge if we don’t hit our online target – it’s our guarantee to you that we are committed to raising additional donations.
  • Please note that if you pledge to Water Survival Box, you will not be able to make an online donation to us in December because your pledge will be used to match these donations.

Please don’t hesitate to ask if you have questions about the Christmas Challenge and what being a Pledger could mean to Water Survival Box

Chelwood Bridge Rotary Virtual Dog Show

During this period of lockdown we have been scratching our heads on ways to fundraise without putting people at risk and have decided to run virtual events starting with our Virtual Dog Show, as shown on the flyer. The event is open to everyone and is a way of showing off your dog and help to raise money for the Childrens Hospice South West, Cystic Fibrosis Trust and other charitable causes that our Rotary Club support. All entries must be submitted by Saturday 15th August. do visit  and upload your photographs of your dog in as many of the classes as you wish.

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