Ladies Committee - Update on Charity Fundraising: Looking Back and Looking Forward
The Ladies Committee [LC] is very pleased to announce that in 2021 an amazing total of £9,600 was raised, our biggest amount yet: especially satisfying whilst manoeuvring through all the challenges presented by Covid.
After the donations made to our regular yearly recipients (Dementia UK and Macmillan Cancer Support), the remaining funds are being split between the 2021 adopted charities, with £2000 going to Mayfield Nurseries, and just over £5000 to the Ellen Macarthur Cancer Trust [EMCT]. The Community and Individual Fundraiser for EMCT wrote to LC just before Christmas, expressing gratitude for all our support and efforts on behalf of the Trust, and enclosing some copies of their magazine 'Inspire' - which provides an account of all the activities offered by the Trust in 2021. Some copies of 'Inspire' will be available in the Club, for members interested to know more.
In addition to the above, we know that Hamble Lifeboat also received a donation of £1100, raised from contributions from participants in the special series of Cruising Races that was organised in the absence of the usual Cruising Programme.
The two charities selected for 2022 are as follows:
- Motor Neurone Disease [MND] Association MND is a terrible condition that attacks the cells and the nerves in the brain and spinal chord, which control the muscles in the body. This causes increasing weakness and wasting of the muscles, with associated loss of function in all aspects of bodily function. At present there is no known cause, and no cure.
LC has made a link with the local Southampton and Winchester MND Association, and all funds donated will go towards improving care and support for people suffering with MND, and especially to the purchase of specialist speech equipment. To find out more, visit www.mndassociation.org
- Rona Project (www.ronasailingproject.org.uk/) As the second charity, LC is particularly pleased to support this very local charity, which runs out of Universal Marina. They run sailing training voyages for individuals aged 14 - 25 years, plus therapeutic voyages for groups of vulnerable adults and young people: including those with learning disabilities, mental health issues, in treatment or recovery from substance misuse, and people living with chronic health conditions. Every year over 2000 people are taken to sea by one of their 5 training vessels. Each sailing experience is paid for by the participant, but is subsidised by the charity.
Supporting such a locally based charity should really enable us to see where our fundraising can make a big difference.
The LC hopes this year to be able to pursue its fundraising activities via both its traditional Programme of face-to-face social events, and also the continuation of special challenges/activities that make use of JustGiving pages: the first of which is the Get Fit February Charity Challenge (in aid of MNDA), which was introduced in the last Newsletter. More information and link to the JustGiving page can be seen below: