Our chosen charities
We’re all about working with local charities and giving back to the people who live in our community. Every year, each of our offices chooses a charity that has local relevance to it and will focus on delivering value to that charity in the year ahead.
We raise money for our nominated charities through a variety of events and activities held throughout the year.
This year our nominated charities are:
Home-Start West Dorset is a local independent family support charity providing West Dorset families with non-judgemental practical and emotional support.
Families need support for many reasons; they may be struggling to cope with postnatal illness, a child’s disability, family breakdown, bereavement or feeling isolated and unable to connect with their local community.
The support is provided by trained parent volunteers who visit the family home once a week for 2-3 hours offering personalised support, tailored to the families needs for 6-12 months on average, helping to build the family’s confidence and ability to cope.
Both volunteer and family are managed by a dedicated Family Organiser to ensure that the needs of both family and volunteer are met and objectives reached.
Dorchester & Poundbury
Hayley’s Hedgehog Rescue (HHR) is a home-based rescue, in Netherbury (Bridport, Dorset), that rescues, rehabilitates, & releases sick, injured & orphaned wild hedgehogs.
- To rescue, rehabilitate & release sick, injured & orphaned wild hedgehogs.
- To raise awareness about the UK’s decline in hedgehogs, the dangers they face and how to help them.
- To assist in scientific & behavioural research as they are able.
Sherborne & Sturminster Newton
Rachel Goodfellow founded Hidden Needs Trust in early 2015 to raise funds for Dorset-Somerset children with Special Educational Needs and their families, and to raise awareness of the SPECIALIST Pre-school Opportunity Groups that support them.
Special Educational Needs [SEN] refers to children who have learning difficulties or disabilities that make it harder for them to learn than most children of the same age. Children can range from being highly functioning to having very complex needs and even shortened lifespans.
Many children have HIDDEN NEEDS which are only picked up much later on in life. These children can go through schooling feeling miserable and isolated, somehow managing, often with great effort on their part, to hide their inability to cope behind another guise. Early diagnosis and appropriate intervention are therefore vital from pre-school age.
The League of Friends of the Taunton Hospital, Musgrove Park, is one of the oldest local charities.
Formed in 1959 by The Rotary Club of Taunton, they promote voluntary service in the hospital and raise funds to buy extra equipment over and above what the NHS could afford to provide for their very well regarded Foundation Trust Hospital.
Wellington Hospital League of Friends
They raise funds to provide items of additional equipment for the Wellington Community Hospital and for the dementia unit at Stratfield House.
Yeovil Heartbeat is a local charity that was established in 1990. The charity’s aim is to maintain the outpatient cardiac rehabilitation services at Yeovil District Hospital where patients who have suffered a heart attack, have had heart surgery or have any other heart-related condition, can undergo a beneficial and progressive exercise programme whilst being monitored by expert staff using a multidisciplinary approach.
All of the classes are supervised by Clinical Nurse Specialists, exercise professionals and a physiotherapist. Classes can be used as an introduction to exercise that can then be maintained by the individual at home.