23rd August 2019

Celebrating the cream of small charities

Love Musgrove: Council Chair Nigel Taylor, Dan Varley, Community Fundraiser, Council Vice Chair Mark Keating and Council Deputy Leader Mandy Chilcott.

Staff and volunteers supporting small charities in Somerset have been thanked by the County Council Chair.

Councillor Nigel Taylor held a ‘Thank You’ Cream Tea at The Wyvern Club in Taunton to celebrate National Small Charities Week.

He thanked staff and volunteers for their work and support, including the Chair’s Champions – Council staff who collect money raised by staff at events such as dress-down days.

He also paid tribute to the many small charities in Somerset that work so hard through the year to support their communities and causes.

Cllr Taylor said: “Somerset is fortunate to have small charities that work so hard for the benefit of so many people. They rely on volunteers and the support they receive across Somerset.

“I am proud that our staff have contributed by running and taking part in fund raising events for the good causes.”

During the past year, Dress Down Fridays and other events raised money for the Chair’s chosen charities: Somerset Trust for Arts and Recreation (STAR), Love Musgrove, Children’s Hospice South West and Taunton Women’s Refuge. Representatives from the groups were each presented with cheques totalling £341.

Delegates from this year’s beneficiaries of the Chair’s Charities Fund also attended the event.

The good causes are: Somerset Trust for Arts and Recreation (STAR), Mind Somerset, Prostate Cancer Research Centre South West and Somerset Community Foundation Somerset Fund. The charities were selected and voted for by staff and will benefit from funds raised by the Chairman over the course of the year.

STAR is a charity for Somerset children and young people designated as in need. It aims to provide opportunities for children and young people to build and develop resilience through taking part in music, sport, art and recreational activities.

Mind Somerset is a mental health charity providing one-to-one and group support for adults and young people; events and projects; corporate training and volunteering opportunities.

Prostate Cancer Research Centre focuses on the advanced stage of the disease which causes the majority of prostate cancer deaths and for which treatments are currently limited.

Somerset Community Foundation’s Somerset Fund helps support a wide range of causes in the county from parent and toddler groups to mental health charities and homeless shelters.