A host of organisations gathered at Brixham Cricket Club recently to receive cheques totalling over £4250.62 from Brixham Rotary Club.
Representatives from over 18 local groups and charities watched as Brixham Rotary President, John Burt, handed out the cheques to support the amazing voluntary work carried out in the town and to thank the many local organisations who had helped Brixham Rotary Club raise the money.
David Sharpe, Chair of Fundraising, John Anderson Chair of Youth and Peter Bush, Chair of Community Service for Brixham Rotary have worked with the organisations in the port and are overwhelmed by the amount of volunteers who give up their time so willingly.
John Burt, President of Brixham Rotary said: “Brixham Rotary is proud to recognise the amazing voluntary groups in the port and we hope that the results of our fundraising efforts will help these worthwhile organisations. I am extremely proud of our town and its people. They readily help us when we are out collecting. There are so many volunteers who give freely of their time and expertise to help others. ”
“The presentation evening gave people the opportunity to chat to other volunteers and to exchange valuable information.”
The money given will fund a variety of projects including tents and other equipment for Brixham College students to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme.
The organisations represented included:
BASICS DEVON – represented by Brixham Doctor Alex Rowe
BASICS Devon volunteer doctors will respond rapidly to any incident where lives hang in the balance. They are tasked by the South Western Ambulance Service control room.
Many call-outs are to the victims of major trauma, often involving road accidents. The team frequently answer calls to a wide range of time critical emergencies.
ADMIRAL SWIMMING CENTRE
The Admiral Pool was built in 1975 and for over forty years it has successfully provided leisure, health, social and educational facilities for the people of Brixham. Currently undergoing a major refurbishment.
BRIXHAM BATTERY HERITAGE GROUP
A group of volunteers helping to restore the Brixham coastal defence battery built in 1940, and provide on-site information to the general public and other organisations. The Artillery Training Section hut is used as its education centre and museum.
The donation helps with start-up equipment, including tents and other equipment to support the Year 9 College students who have enrolled to work on a Bronze Duke of Edinburgh programme.
BRIXHAM CRICKET CLUB
Set in an 11-acre site, the pitch covers more than six acres and is overlooked by the new pavilion – with viewing gallery – and a computer-operated scorebox. They work with young people to develop cricketing skills.
BRIXHAM DOES CARE
A registered befriending charity founded in 1978, which attempts to combat loneliness, isolation and despair. They offer support to people of all ages and client groups in communities.
The Food Bank is staffed by volunteers to provide vital supplies to people who are struggling financially. The Rotary donation given last year was used to buy vital supplies at Christmas time’.
FISHERMAN’S MISSION BRIXHAM
The Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen (the Fishermen’s Mission) provides care, compassion and support to working, retired and disabled fishermen and their families
BRIXHAM INNER WHEEL
One the world’s largest women’s organisations in the world. Its aims include promoting true friendship, encouraging the ideals of personal service and fostering International understanding
A school inTorbay which caters for children with severe and profound learning difficulties between the ages of 2 and 19 years old.
A workshop behind the YES shop in Bolton Street where people meet and use their skills to help others to use equipment, make something and have the opportunity to learn new skills.
The Myasthenia Gravis Association supports people with myasthenia and their families and works to increase public and medical awareness of the condition and raise funds for research and support staff. Myasthenia gravis is a rare long-term condition that causes certain muscles to become weak.
One of Brixham’s jewels in the crown, an amazing outdoor seawater swimming pool. The volunteers, who are Shoalstone Pool Limited, aim to work with the local community to preserve, improve and enhance the pool, as an amenity for the benefit of the community and visitors to the town.
Providing an allotment association with raised beds for disabled people.
Based at the Edge in Brixham, the Brixham Youth Enquiry Service (YES) offers a free and confidential service to young people aged 8-25, information & advice, volunteering opportunities life skill workshops, gardening on our community allotment, music workshops, yoga workshops, a role playing club, arts and crafts, shower facilities and clothes washing facilities, chill out spaces and a cafe area all in a welcoming and safe environment.
YOUNG ADULT CARERS
The Young Adult Carers Service is dedicated to supporting young adult carers aged 16 to 25 in Torbay.
Youth Genesis is a charity set up by churches in Brixham to reach out and serve the needs of young people aged 11-19 in the community. Youth Genesis provides a programme of activities across Torbay that includes youth clubs, youth drop-ins, project work and street based youth work. The overall aim is to provide support to teenagers around issues such as bullying, self-harm, poor lifestyles, risky behavior (such as substance misuse, sexual health and crime) and identity and personal health.Follow