Registered Charity No. 1128000
District: 1145 Club: 50918
Fellow Rotarians and Friends
We hope this Newsletter finds you and your families all well and surviving lockdown.
We don’t normally send a Newsletter at this time of the year but we thought you might be interested in what our Club has been up to during these unprecedented times. A very big ‘thank you’ to Therese, the Community Services team and other Club members for all the hard work they have put in to enable us to continue providing essential help to those in need in our area.
FACTS: One of the first problems we came across were that mothers with young families who had to self‐isolate were unable to source the bare essentials such as baby milk and nappies. It took some sorting out but we are very proud to report that we were able to support all those who asked for help.
We work closely with Social Services, Health Visitors, Safe In Sussex, Clarion
Housing Association, Home Start, Schools, Churches, the Children and Family
Centre and of course the Chichester Foodbank. In normal times we attend the Foodbank once a week distributing clothes, shoes, bedding, towels and other items. However, the Foodbank had to close and the health professionals had to adopt different working practices which has put even more demand upon us. Not only have we been asked for the items we normally take to the Foodbank but also beds, furniture, curtains, kitchen equipment, baby equipment and white goods.
Due to lockdown many of our regular sources for obtaining these items, such as charity shops and donations, have not been available and we have therefore had to purchase some of them if we did not already have them in our stores.
In the last six months we have helped over 500 adults and nearly 1000 children spending on average £3000 per month and the need is growing.
There are many reasons why families find themselves in such desperate need, including poverty, domestic abuse, mental health, broken families, and child neglect.
FUNDRAISING: We had to rethink all our fundraising plans and we have Elaine and Bob to thank for spending many hours completing and submitting grant application forms, and Anna for contacting our fellow Rotarians and friends for their support.
As a result of their efforts to date we have managed to raise a total of £5500 from the following Rotary Clubs: Bognor, Bognor Hotham, Chichester Priory and Midhurst and Petworth. We have also received grants to assist families in need (e.g. those fleeing domestic violence, in extreme poverty or previously homeless).
Rotary District Foundation (£4k) for white goods, furniture, household essentials.
Clarion Housing Association (£1k) for people suffering hardship due to Covid‐19.
Chichester District Council (£1k) for white goods and furniture.
Sussex Police (Police Property Act) £500 for underwear and nightwear.
Sussex Community Foundation (£1k) for underwear and nightwear.
Sussex Community Foundation Crisis Fund (5k) for clothing and household items.
Tesco Bags of Help COVID‐19 Communities Fund (£500) for underwear, nightwear or other essential clothing and shoes, white goods, furniture and essential household item (cutlery, crockery, cookware, rugs, etc)
Postcode Lottery (£2k) for children’s clothes, shoes, school uniform.
Wave 105 Cash for Kids (£1050 ‐ £35/child) for anything that makes a difference to children
CROWDFUNDING: This is a new venture on the Club’s behalf. We have started a Crowd Funding Appeal to “Support Survivors of Domestic Abuse”. There is more information about this appeal at the end of this Newsletter and we would be very grateful for your support. The Appeal is open for donations until 31st July.
The Rotary Club of Chichester Harbour would like to take this opportunity to thank all the above‐mentioned and individuals for their support. We could not possibly have helped as many people as we have without this funding, especially during the lockdown when we had to cancel all our planned fundraising events.
We would also like to thank our own Club members who have also made weekly donations in lieu of our normal breakfast meeting charge and/or have participated in the Club’s monthly lottery, a sweepstake for the Grand National, and a virtual auction of items that were kindly donated from a house clearance.
Here is some feedback on our Work:
“When I get some money I will support Rotary”
“You have given us hope”
“The children loved all their new clothing. We had a lovely fashion parade with the clothing you gave us. You seemed to know what would suit each child”
“Never heard of Rotary but I love you guys”
“With your help I think we will get through this” “Thank you for resources to help us enjoy learning”
Comments from the professionals:
“We are so lucky to have your support”
“You help us to do our job”
NONE OF THIS WOULD BE POSSIBLE WITHOUT YOUR SUPPORT – THANK YOU!
Enabling Communities with Help and Opportunities - ECHO
BUT WE NEED HELP DURING THE COVID 19 PANDEMIC
Supporting Survivors of Domestic Abuse
A Crowd Funding appeal by the Rotary Club of Chichester Harbour
Living with, and subsequently surviving domestic abuse, leaves adults and children traumatized. Trust in people is often destroyed. Fear, depression and feelings of being alone and damaged can haunt their lives. It has been reported to us that by having their immediate material needs met, the transition to a new life in a new area has helped victims feel more secure. Knowing that strangers care, can help to promote recovery and healing.
In collaboration with statutory agencies and other voluntary groups we help by providing:-
• Clothing, shoes, bedding, towels and school uniform
• Beds, bedding and basic items of furniture
• White goods, including cookers and washing machines
We need your help to achieve our goal
Due to the Covid19 ‘lockdown’ all our fundraising events have had to be cancelled. We need to raise money to continue our work, hence this appeal to you. Please follow the link below (or copy and paste it into your browser) and make a pledge to our cause. By doing this and helping us reach (or exceed) our target of £2,000.00 you will be helping make lives better. Please note that your pledge will only be taken from your bank if and when we reach our target of £2,000.
more Have a read about how we help in our local community.
more Each week members of the Club attend the Food Bank in Chichester, and enable Food Bank clients to access to a full range of clothing, shoes, and other essential items.
more As a Club we support the work of UK Harvest
more How we set about making a real difference in our Community each year.
more Regular Tea Dances
more Club members "step up" to support the only Children's Hospice in Sussex.
more How we help support local youngsters to build a better future for themselves.
more Our Kids on the Water Event every May is now in its 37th year.
more In 2019 RCCH organised two events to raise money for local charity Stonepillow that between them resulted in a donation of £3400.
back Chichester Harbour Rotary Club is extremely proactive in supporting community services within the local area. A summary of the wide range of activities serves to illustrate the vital functions that our club performs.