This donation bought new play mats and equipment following the devastation of all their kit due to a rat incursion in the store cupboard. They were extremely grateful and would have been lost without our donation..
Well done Muffins!
Regrettably, our club’s activities were curtailed since the start of the coronavirus emergency, which impacted on our ability to hold fund-raising events for charitable purposes. However, our members were extremely generous in in making personal gifts to our Charity account, resulting in total charitable donations from the Club of £7445 for the year. Beneficiaries of our donations included:
- Battle Food Bank
- The Conquest Hospital Critical Care Charitable Fund
- Westerleigh Judokwai
- Cancer Research UK
- Battle & Langton School
- Riding for the Disabled
- St Mary’s Battle – Summer food project for children
- Caterpillar Pre-school – fees for a child
- The Snowflake Trust – support for the homeless
The Club’s charitable donations in the year to 31 March 2020 totalled £9300 – a record for the last 5 years. Notably, we supported the Conquest Hospital Critical Care Unit and the League of Friends with funds intended for the benefit of front-line staff during the coronavirus pandemic. Battle Food Bank was also a beneficiary as we recognised that the lockdown would impact on people’s income and consequently on their ability to provide for their families in the usual way. Further help for these worthy beneficiaries has continued in the new financial year with effect from 1 April 2020.
Battle Community also benefited from our support for:
- the installation of a new petanque pitch in the Recreation Ground
- the upgrading of the audio-visual system in the Memorial Hall
- The Battle Festival, which included introducing primary school children to classical music
- Run-on-the-Rec, an event organised for local children by Leo Cacciatore to encourage participation in sport
- A local judo club that encourages the participation of youngsters with physical and learning difficulties
The beneficiaries of many other donations included:
- Battle Bonfire Society
- A local village play school
- The Snowflake Trust for the homeless
- A project at the Conquest Hospital relating to mental health
- The Dragonflies Project which helps bereaved children
In the year to 31st March 2019 we gave more than £4400 to more than 18 organisations and individuals including local pre-schools and schools, St Michael’s Hospice, Battle Bowls Club, the Snowflake trust supporting homeless people and Battle Chamber of Commerce. We also gave to individuals facing particular hardships.
In 2017/2018 we gave more than £7900 to more than 20 organisations and individuals including local play groups, some schools, the Conquest Hospital, St Michael’s Hospice and some individual and families who needed special support.