Focus on local Community

A resumé of the rewarding activities which we are involved in supporting our community and good causes.

Supporting Local Charities

The club enjoys assisting the local community and finds it rewarding to be able to see the results of the help that it has given. It supports many local charities and undertakes many other activities to help the local community. Some examples follow: 

Canterbury Cathedral Restoration Fund

A donation was made to Canterbury Cathedral Restoration Fund from the proceeds of the fundraising concert organised by the club and held in the cathedral by the London Welsh Male Voice Choir. 

Catching Lives

Catching LivesThe renovation of the toilet facilities at the premises of Catching Lives in Canterbury was organised and financed by the club. Further substantial donations have been made to this important local charity providing support and assistance to the homeless.  

Photograph shows Then President Bryan Collings presenting a cheque to James Duff, the Chair of Trustees of Catching Lives

Hi Kent

Hi Kent is the local registered charity for the deaf and hard of hearing people in Kent, which has benefited from our regular donations made towards its running costs.

Hope for Tomorrow

Hope for tomorrowA substantial donation was made to Hope for Tomorrow towards the running cost of the charity’s mobile chemotherapy unit to operate in towns in East Kent going out into the heart of the community. A further donation was made from part of the £10,000 bequest made to the club’s Trust Funds by Ian Gillanders, a longstanding and much respected member, who sadly died of cancer in 2010. The cheque was presented by his widow Marilyn.

Photograph shows Marilyn Gillanders presenting a cheque to Rosa Woodley of Hope for Tomorrow accompanied by Then Club President Steve Howe and members of the club’s Community Service Committee.

Kent Association for the Blind

Kent Association for the BlindDonations have been made to the Kent Association for the Blind to purchase various items of equipment, lunches have been arranged for those assisted by the charity and transport offered to them by club members.

Photograph:  Then President Bryan Collings presents a cheque to Madeleine Gray, the East Kent Volunteer Co-ordinator for the Kent Association for the Blind  

Kent Branch, National Search & Rescue Dogs

Search Team in High Viz JacketsFluorescent special high visibility search jackets for the search team members were purchased from the donation made to the local Kent Branch of the National Search and Rescue Dogs Association.

The photograph shows the search team kitted out in hi viz jackets. 

Know Your Blood Pressure Day 

Blood Pressure DayKnow Your Blood Pressure Day is held in April each year offering free blood pressure checks to shoppers to identify those with dangerously high blood pressure and to publicise its dangers. The event is held in conjunction with The Stroke Association and with the help of stroke specialist nurses from the local NHS Kent Community Health Trust.

Photograph: Then President Bryan Collings observes blood pressure taken.

Lord Mayor of Canterbury’s Christmas Gift Fund 

Members deliver parcels donated by the Lord Mayor’s Christmas Gift Fund to the elderly, the lonely and those in need.

Marshalling Light Up The City

Pilgrims Hospices

Club members act as marshals for Canterbury Half Marathon in August and Light Up The City held in October, which are both fundraising events in aid of The Pilgrims Hospices.

Photograph:  Marshalling Light Up The City


Donations have been made to Porchlight to support its valuable work with the homeless in the area and by its Rough Sleeper Team helping people off the streets.


Club members assist with the institute’s street collections.

Tools for Self Reliance – Canterbury

Funds to provide essential dust extractor units were donated to Tools for Self Reliance, Canterbury, for its local workshop. The charity collects and refurbishes tools to send to Africa in order to help to relieve poverty.  Working with local African organisations it delivers a programme of tools and training to bring about effective and sustainable change to people and their communities.