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 begin building 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 is also providing 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 25 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 has donated £245,000 to help build the Chamwell Centre. The grant will go towards the atrium which will have a community café and state-of-the-art disability changing facilities to provide a lovely venue for people with disabilities and their carers.
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 is committed to supporting the Chamwell Centre, through a two-year programme of fundraising.
Swim Across the Moon is a sponsored swim with countywide support to swim 3,474,000m – the diameter of the moon! Click here to find out how you can take part.
Hydrotherapy for All is the Trust’s campaign to support building the Chamwell Centre and provide the latest physiotherapy equipment. Adults in Gloucestershire struggling with the pain of arthritis before an operation or as they recover from surgery will benefit from hydrotherapy and physiotherapy treatments at the centre.
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 over 200 different kinds of arthritis, and a national figure of at least nine 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.
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.
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