Mum's Army will be using their donation to fund a meal delivery service for NHS staff at the ITU in Basildon Hospital. The provide 30+ meals 5 days a week and hope to expand their service to start providing 50+ meals 7 days a week.
We will be donating £50 per week to buy fresh food for their home made meals.
The Wickford Talking Newspaper will be using their donation to fund some new equipment. The new equipment will allow them to continue their talking newspaper service from home for the blind community in Basildon and Wickford.
BOSP (Brighter Opportunities for Special People) will be using their donation to fund the set up of 3 laptops. They had the laptops donated and now require them to be set up with the appropriate software and security for the service they provide.
We really hope this will get them set to continue their good work throughout the current pandemic.
The 2nd of Gateways Donations will fund a new scheme being set up allowing people who may be lonely during isolation the chance to be donated a radio. This will be aimed at people who don't have radios or TVs mainly in care homes around Basildon. We look forward to hearing about their stories soon
Shotgate Community Association will be using these funds to subsidise the wages of their caretaker. As the only member of staff needed to continue to work but no income from hires of the hall, the association are short of some funds to pay the caretaker. Therefore this grant will make up the shortfall for a period of time.
Gateway 97.8 will be using the 1st of their 2 donations to fund some new equipment for their Radio Club. The new equipment will allow the club to continue through the COVID-19 Lockdown. Some new microphones and software are being purchased to allow the club members to broadcast from home
After our sleigh route in Forest Glade, we made an extra visit to Laindon Community Centre to see a special little girl called Rosie who was having a Christmas ball.
Rosie Is battling a rare illness and has to undergo major surgery in the new year.
Her family are making lots of memories with Rosie and we were overjoyed to help. We gave Rosie and her family tickets for Peppa Pig at the Duke of York Theatre in London and some vouchers for a Buildabear workshop - two of the things on Rosie's wishlist.
We also gave the children sweets and Santa got down from his sleigh and had a quick meet n greet before flying back to the North Pole.
Unfortunately we understand Rosie is back in hospital with a few complications, so we wish her well and hope she can be home in time for Christmas. Get well soon Rosie x
Today we joined up with Contact the Elderly Basildon who contacted us earlier this year asking for a donation towards a day out at the seaside. It was our absolute pleasure to pay for their trip which started with Fish and Chips in Leigh and ended up at Southend having ice creams by the sea. The weather could have been a bit sunnier but a lovely time was had by all. It was great to see the great work that the volunteers do, making sure the older generation get together once a month for tea and a chat. They’d love to expand their group but can only do this with more volunteer helpers. Please contact them if you think that could be you.
19.2.2018 At the weekend we had the pleasure of presenting Abigail Bunting with a cheque for £200 after she completed a sponsored walk from Shenfield School to her home in Basildon. Abi is raising money for a world challenge trip to Belize in 2019.
We met up with Abi after her walk and this is what she said:
"The sponsored walk I did, home to Basildon from Shenfield School, was mild in comparison to what we are going to embark on. However I am so very grateful to everyone that sponsored me as I was able to raise over £600 towards my final goal. And a special thank you must go to Basildon Round Table for their massive contribution of £200. I am a very lucky girl."
Well done Abi and good luck with the rest of your fundraising!
Our latest cheque presentation, this time for £3,000 for major refurbishment to Laindon Baptist Church's main hall so that several groups, including the Girls Brigade (pictured) and a local playgroup can benefit for many many years to come.
Another recent cheque presentation, this time to Frypa Rascals Pre-School in Basildon. They wrote to us after seeing our £5,000 giveaway and we awarded them £1,500 to be used towards new specialist safety flooring for their outdoor play area. We hope the children will get many years of use from their super new play area.
One of our latest cheque presentations to Essex Media Workshop. The money we donated was used for them to purchase a new piece of equipment. For information on this great local charity please visit www.essexmediaworkshop.co.uk.
We hope this new equipment will be of great benefit to their students.
Basildon round table have just replaced a TV for some local residents. We hope they can now enjoy their Xmas viewing.
Because of your kind donations (which we receive from our annual fireworks and of course our santa sleigh collections) this is just a small part of how we can help local worthy causes. So we thank you for your continued support.
Generous donations from community organisations and fund-raising efforts by staff have provided patients of the Essex Cardiothoracic Centre with valuable new equipment. The cardiac rehab team now has a dedicated ECG machine, thanks to former patient Alan Searle. Alan presented a submission to Basildon and Billericay Round Table groups, who approved a donation of £4,100 to purchase the machine.
Donna Jessup, Cardiac Rehab Sister, thanked representatives from the Round Table when they visited the CTC to see the new electrocardiogram (ECG) machine in place. She said: “It will be a great benefit to be able to assess patients immediately if they feel unwell or have chest pains when they are exercising. This is one of the latest models and is very small and portable. We are very grateful to the Round Table for providing this equipment.”
The local Hearts and Minds support group purchased three defibrillators for use in community exercise programmes for discharged patients.
Lita Freegard, cardiac rehab instructor, raised £1,320 for the cardiac units at the CTC and Southend Hospital by organising a sponsored walk for patients and families along Southend pier.