Winscombe District Fundraising Branch
This branch includes the area from WINSCOMBE through CHEDDAR, PRIDDY, WELLS, SHEPTON MALLET, STREET, GLASTONBURY, WEDMORE.
Our principle aims are raising money and the profile of the RNLI locally. This year we are specifically raising funds for the New Lifeboat Facilities at Weston-Super-Mare.
Fundraising events include Formal Dinners, Annual Quiz, Pub meals, Day Trips, Fairs, House-to-House and Supermarket collections.
We are always looking for new volunteers and would love to hear from you.
WE NEED YOUR HELP:
- Collecting for 1 Hour 1-3 times/year.
- Helping or Organising social/fundraising events.
- Join the committee.
Recent activities in our branch
Henry Cole's Summer Journey on behald of the RNLI and Avon & Somerset Search and rescue (ASSAR)
Henry Cole lives in Sandford and is a Sixth Form Student at Churchill Academy. During his Summer Holiday, Henry planned and executed a challenging expedition for himself during which he walked the 296 miles from Land’s End to his home in Sandford. He planned the route using OS maps online, organized his food including ration pack drop offs, informed the charities he was supporting, designed and printed sponsor forms, organized the right equipment that he had to carry himself and using the OS maps marked a course to calculate distances and planned where he would camp.
Henry contacted four hotels that agreed to store food packs for him to collect on-route as he could not carry it all from the start. His Dad dropped him at Land’s End at 08:30 on Wednesday 8th August with the words “Start walking and I will see you later”. In all, Henry’s walk took 18 days, often walking 20 miles or more each day and his route took him from Land’s End via Sennen, Zennor Head, Portreath, Newquay, Rock, Tintagel, a 4 day stretch to Bideford, Braunton, Combe Martin, Lynton, Minehead, Holford, Pawlett, Uphill and Sandford. In the end, he wild-camped 4 nights, slept in a garden for 2 nights, had 5 nights inside and 6 nights on a campsite. He learnt that Compeed blister plasters are the only ones he will ever use again!
Not only was Henry’s challenging expedition a personal success but, on Thursday 11th October during Churchill Sixth Form, Lower Sixth Assembly, Henry gave a PowerPoint presentation about his Incredible Journey and then presented cheques from his fundraising to Martin Pepworth (Avon and Somerset - Search and Rescue) and Tina Joyce (RNLI Winscombe & District Branch) for £750 each!
On Saturday 20th October the RNLI Winscombe & District Branch staged a Fire Walk as part of their Golden Jubilee Year Celebrations in front of Winscombe Cricket Club. In total, 18 volunteers walked barefoot over a bed of red hot wood embers to raise funds for the RNLI through personal sponsorship. For the first walk the embers temperature was 400°C and this reduced to 300°C by their second walk; no feet were burned.
The youngest walker was 14 and the oldest over 70 while the spectacle was organised and run by a specialist company “Survivorbility”. Before the Fire Walk, atmosphere and anticipation was generated by the enthusiastic rhythms and beats provided by the North Somerset Samba Drummers who repeated their display later in the evening. A crowd of around 300 turned out to watch the Fire Walk and display and to enjoy hot food and snacks. Burgers, hot dogs and rolls were donated by Sainsbury’s at Cheddar and Winscombe Bakery and cooked by RNLI volunteers, plus a delicious curry with saffron rice provided and cooked by Emdad of “Scoop and Spice” from Winscombe village. In addition, Winscombe Cricket Club provided the site for the fire, opened their bar to all attending and provided a changing and briefing room for the Fire Walkers.
At present, over £4,000 in sponsorship money has been committed and this total is still rising while the final sum will also include the food sales on the evening. RNLI Winscombe & District Branch thanks all the organisations supporting us and all those that attended for making this a successful, memorable and profitable evening.
To increase our fundraising, we are looking for a dedicated crew of volunteers:
Volunteers who are willing to collect for an hour or more 1-3 times a year at a branch event local to you.
Volunteers who are willing to support or organise a branch event during the year. This is a vital role and a very easy way to get involved.
People who are willing to help with the set-up or organisation of branch events. This is a great way to really get involved, without the formality of joining the committee.
Volunteers who are willing to help the branch on a formal basis and take on a specific role and responsibilities. The committee meets four times a year and the events are organised by a team of committee members and branch friends.
The branch committee meets four times a year. Contact us for more information.