In 2018 the charity chosen for support from the club was Pos+Ability which was formed in 2011. The charity was set up in Ely and runs chair-based exercise groups for people living with long-term illnesses, including, but not limited to, Strokes, Parkinson’s Disease, Neurological Conditions, Multiple Sclerosis and Muscle Dystrophy in Cambridgeshire.
Their aim is to develop clients’ mobility and strength within a supportive and inclusive environment.
A total of £456 was raised by the club with a “Cake and Posy” stall in Burwell and by a “bring and buy” stall at the monthly meetings. A cheque was presented to the charity at the January 2019 club meeting.
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Each year members of the Club choose a charity to support by raising funds alongside the meetings.
The charity the Club chose to support in 2017 was the Cystic Fibrosis Trust by means of a cake stall outside Tina's shop in Burwell in March.
Most people know very little about Cystic Fibrosis although there are over 10,500 people in the UK living with the condition. It is caused by a faulty gene which is carried by over two million people in the UK. If two carriers have children there is a one in four chance their child will have the condition which slowly destroys the lungs and digestive system.
The Trust invests in cutting-edge research to develop treatments and one day, hopefully find a cure. It also drives up standards of clinical care at specialist centres across the country and provides advice and support to families who are affected.
At the end of the year a cheque for £810 was handed to the charity.
In 2016 members turned their hands to baking cakes for the Dementia Carers’ Support Service.
The Club raised £265.00 at a Cake Stall held in Burwell on Saturday March 14th 2016.
The Dementia Carers' Support Service is an innovative new project that aims to link former carers with current carers of people with dementia to offer regular and consistent support as a “befriender” or buddy.
At the end of the year a cheque for £315 was handed to the charity.