Serving up Easter treats for Brighter Futures

Rotary volunteers from Swindon Old Town

Town Garden café raising funds for Brighter Futures

The Rotary Club of Swindon Old Town briefly took over the iconic cafe in the Town Gardens on Easter Bank Holiday weekend, where they hosted a fundraiser for Brighter Futures, the president, Ray Norman’s chosen charity.

Run by volunteers

Ray, together with his wife Anne who is a Brighter Futures volunteer ran the first session on Good Friday. They worked alongside Marie Kilford and Frances Tucker who will be the new tenants of the Café from mid-April. Ray said: “We were pleased with the welcome we were given by the Old Town Community. They clearly appreciated our efforts to raise much-needed funds for the GWH fundraising team Brighter Futures”.  You can follow Brighter Futures on Twitter @BF_NHS or on their Facebook page.

Marie, Frances and Anne lurking in background

Club Treasurer Melodie Beevers and her granddaughter Giorgia Manzi took on the Saturday morning shift.  Melodie said: “It was great fun, people were so generous and supportive. And it was so nice to talk to everyone. It was a super morning.”

Councillor Junab Ali volunteered in the afternoon. He added: “There was a constant flow of people, which was great to see. We’d like to thank the parish council for giving us this wonderful opportunity”. “It’s great to support our hospital and the NHS.”

Dave Cox photo
Melodie and Giorgia serving Debby Vincent from RC Swindon Club
Photograph courtesy Dave Cox, Swindon Advertiser

Club members and friends volunteered

On Easter Day morning the café was run by three members of the Swindon Old Town Rotary Satellite group. As two of the volunteer members’ day job is as primary school teachers they quickly built a great rapport with the visiting children.  Fiona Godfrey satellite group treasurer of the group said: “It was amazing to see how generous people were, many donating their change as well as paying for drinks and snacks.  Despite the sometimes inclement weather, there were strong sales of both ice creams and hot chocolate.

Carolyn and Sophia making hot chocolate drinks

Rotary District 1100 District Governor Chris Firth came along on Sunday morning to lend his support.   All together 29 members and friends of Old Town Rotary volunteered at the café over the four days, greeting and meeting as well as making and serving refreshments.

The results of the hard work paid off as we raised around £3000 for Brighter Futures who have chosen to spend the monies on staff welfare projects.

Town Garden café raising funds for Brighter Futures

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