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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. 

Finn top

Mendip send £500 to assist with the relief efforts in Beirut

Following investgations by International Chair Mike Latham to determine which NGO was on the ground the Rotary Club of Mendip have sent £500 within days of the massive explosion in the docks in Beirut. The monies were sent to the NGO Medicin Sans Frontieres, to assist with their work in helping those injured in the blast. Thanks have been received from MSF and Rotary Clubs in Beirut.

Rotary in Action.

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

Mendip Induct New Member into the Rotary Family

Local businesman Mike Sartain was inducted into the Rotary Club of Mendip last Thursday by Club President Ceri Davies. Mike was sponsored by Rotarian Nigel Deane. The induction was carried out under the “new normal” conditions of social distancing outside at the Strawberry Special where the Club meet. In line with Government guidlines only three other members were in attendance, Mike Hiles Membership Chair, John Mander Secretary and Scott McIntosh Treasurer. In these unusual conditions a risk assessment was prepared with plenty of anticeptic wipes and gel available. Mike had to pin his new Rotary badge on himself another first. Following Mike’s induction into Rotary those in attendance had a good socially distancing fellowship evening to welcome our new Rotarian.

The Rotary Clubs of Brue Valley and Zanzibar join forces to provide Taps and Toilets for a school in Zanzibar

The Rotary Clubs of Brue Valley and Zanzibar – Stone Town have joined forces to raise funds for a project to provide ‘Taps and Toilets’ for a school and villagers in Kitogani Village in Zanzibar.

Women filling bucketswomen tanker and tap

For the people of Kitogani it takes many hours and back-breaking effort to get water where it is needed – hours of queueing at a pump only on for a short period each day and very unreliable; miles of carrying jerry cans (weighing 20 kgs each when full) on your head, or several precariously balanced on a bike or in a wheelbarrow; tipping water into buckets outside the dilapidated long-drop toilets for hand washing, or to try and keep the toilets clean. Then there’s clothes washing and keeping yourself clean and, the next day, it all starts again, and the day after that, and the day after that…


Students collecting water

​The lack of easy hygiene is difficult at the best of times – people are more likely to suffer from diseases and students drop out to take care of siblings; the women in the community bear most of the burden of water collection and girls often stop attending classes because getting water takes priority; reaching puberty often has the same result because of the lack of private, hygienic toilets that preserve their dignity. But faced with a virus against which our only weapon is scrupulous hygiene, the teachers, students and villagers of Kitogani are desperate to get running water and proper toilets. Haji, a teacher at the Teachers’ Training Centre, is ready to manage the building project but needs your help to make it happen.

For further details on this project see Taps_and_Toilets_In_Zanzibar

To make a donation  please see Taps_and_Toilets_Fund_Raising

Covid hand washing station


Rotary in Frome helps Frome College [update]

Malcolm Westgate [Youth Lead for Frome Selwood Rotary] writes:

“Martin Carter (Youth lead for District D1200) and I completed the final food run to Frome College today. Ebbie really pulled out the stops providing the following food for 30 hungry students.
Pulled pork roll & Slaw
Sweet potato chips
Sweet corn and saladVeggie burgersChocolate brownies and doughnuts
The photographs show Malcolm handing over food boxes to willing Frome College helpers and flowers and chocolates to Ebbie and staff.
Over the past 7 weeks 420 meals have been delivered to the College. Ebbie’s Kitchen prepared all of the food and only charged actual costs and Wainwright Quarries paid for it all which was very generous. Everyone involved did a great job and it was really appreciated by the students. Two thank you cards have been received signed by many of the students that benefited.I must also thank all of the Rotarians that helped to deliver the food on time and piping hot. It was a 3 Frome Clubs and Midsomer Norton and Radstock Rotary effort which worked well.”

Mendip supports PDG’s Dennis Stevens & Peter Hardwill

Following an appeal from PDG,s Dennis Stevens and Peter Hardwill, the Club has donated £250 to the Childrens Hospice South West. The Hospice which has seen a reduction in donations as a result of Covid 19 suuports families in the Cheddar Valley through difficult times.

Mendip support Court House Retirement Home in Cheddar

The Club presented a cheque for £100 to the Court House Retirement Home for their nominated charity. The care workers stayed inside the home during the Covid pandemic to avoid introducing the virus into the home and to look after their residents. They did not see their families for the whole of the period of lockdown. During this period they had several fund raising activities to raise funds for Weston Hospice Care. The cheque was to support their efforts.

Frome Selwood Rotary virtual Quiz – 4th August

On 4th August Frome Selwood are holding a Quiz on ZOOM starting at 7.15pm – see details below

or contact Guy Parkinson 01373 832322 or Jenny Bennett 01373 472406

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.

dogshow land

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