Donations to Charity at home and abroad

Throughout the year, the Club gives donations and/or assistance to as many local, national & international charities and appeals as our funds allow.

Step by Step (SBS) - October 2022

The Club supported SBS's "Sleep Out" held on the night of Friday 8th October at the Air Hangar in Farnborough Business Park.  We provided a large marquee, catering & outdoor equipment, all free of charge, alomng with a number of willing members to erect the marquee on Friday and take it down again on Saturday!  SBS is a young people's charity, working to prevent homelessness and empower young people.  Initial feedback tells us that the event was very successful with 80 people taking part, good levels of sponsorship and approximately £14,000 being raised.

Pakistan Floods Appeal - September 2022


On 29th September the Club agreed to donate £750 to this Appeal. Whilst a drop in the ocean compared to the massive relief effort that's needed following the devastation caused by the floods, it forms part of a much greater donation from Rotary Clubs around the world.

The Ukraine Crisis (September 2022)

The Rotary GB&I Ukraine Crisis Taskforce, led so ably by PDG Allan Smith, was established at the outset of the war to raise awareness of the priority needs identified from their contacts across Ukraine and in the bordering countries and it has done an incredible job. They have operated in accordance with the guidelines set for them by the senior leadership in GB&I. The Taskforce has established a strong collaborative relationship with Ukraine’s own District 2232's Crisis Team including both DG Vitalii Lesko and IPDG Volodymyr Bondarenko. They meet regularly as a combined team and more frequently in smaller groupings to ensure the information and requests they provide to us all in these islands is what has been identified by our Ukrainian colleagues as the key priorities.

Their work is ongoing and at present the GB&I Taskforce is awaiting an updated project list from D2232 of their highest priority needs following the Moshchun Recovery Project which has been the focus in July and August. This new ‘menu’ of projects will be made available to you all as soon as it is available and 2-4 projects from it will be focused on every 2 months or so. 

Sadly there seems little end in sight to this devastating war and the harsh winter conditions are just weeks or even days away. We want to thank you in advance for your ongoing support for everyone impacted by this war, including our guests here in Great Britain and Ireland. We know all you are doing is alongside the many other humanitarian service projects you are involved in every day in your communities both locally and elsewhere in the world.

Chloe's & Sophie's Special Ears Fund - Septemebr 2022

One the same day, the Club was pleased to welcome Brian Jackson, one of the founders of this charity, and to hear his presentation on its work.  It was founded in 2010 and exists to enhance and brighten the lives and learning experiences of deal children in Surrey, Hampshire, Berkshire and parts of London.  The Club also presented Brian with a cheque for £250 to help with the Fund's future work.

Feedback from some of our other charities

Brendoncare - Thank you getting in touch to let us know about your incredibly generous donation towards our clubs in Farnborough.  On behalf of everyone at Brendoncare I wouid like to sincerely thank you and all at the Farnborough Rotary Club for choosing to support us.  Your kind donation will enable us to improve the lives of older people that attend our Farnborough Clubs.  At the moment, we are running our Farnborough Welcome and Games Group which is a friendly afternoon club with a variety of different fun activities on offer.  From quizzes to table top games, seated exercise, kurling and more, our Farnborough Welcome and Games Group is a fun and social club where older people can come together.  If you or anyone else from the Club wanted to visit and see the impact of your support, please let me know and I can look at arranging this.  Thank you again for your donation and helping us to improve the lives of older people.

Parity - Christmas is a special time of year for Parity; staff and volunteers always look forward to the Santa Sleigh.  This year's collection was no different and everyone really enjoyed the evening.  Thank you for your continued support and your donation which we are so grateful to have received.  Farnborough Rotary's support has been much needed this year as your kind donation has enabled our day services to continue to function and provide the vital support necessary for our students to rediscover their level of independence before the day services enforced closure.  Thank you for your continued support.

Hart & Rushmoor Young Carers - Thank you ever so much.  This money will go towards taking a group of 30 young carers aged 12-15 years to the Young Carers Festival at YMCA Fairthorne Manor near Southampton over the weekend of 1st to 3rd July.  The weekend provides opportunities for young carers aged 11-16 years from all around the country to enjoy a break from their responsibilities, have fun, relax, socialise and have their voices heard on issues that affect them and their families.  Activities over the weekend will include opening and closing ceremonies, a firework display, live music, YCFM radio station, silent discos, fairground rides, an abseiling wall, rock climbing, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, zip line, campfire, yoga, arts and crafts. Your donation will go towards this.  I have attached a thank you letter which I would be very grateful if you would circulate to all your members at Farnborough Rotary Club.

The Vine Centre - Thank you for thinking of us, your generosity is much appreciated.  W are currently seeing even more people access our services so this contribution will be used to support those accessing our Silver project, our group for the over 55's helping to reduce social isolation.



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Every year the Club encourages local students to enter some of the many competitions run by Rotary, and we're often surprised and delighted by the quality of the entries we receive.


The Rotary Clubs of Farnborough and Rushmoor want to thank everyone who came along to, and those who helped out at, this year's fabulous Donkey Derby on 29th May. A great day, a huge crowd and a lot of money raised for charity!

Members of the Farnborough team completing the marquee

Throughout the year, the Club gives donations and/or assistance to as many local, national & international charities and appeals as our funds allow.


We're always pleased with the feedback from people who've been to our Music in the Park concerts, but it's particularly special when positive feedback comes from one of the performers, as in this case, from Totally Blondie -


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Farnborough Rotary Club is pleased & proud to recognise local heroes whether they are members of the Club or not.