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Pictures from Race for Life in Lydiard Park, Swindon

Women across north Wilts run to show cancer who’s boss

Women gathered in their thousands at Lydiard Park on Saturday 31 May to 'show cancer who’s boss by taking on a 5k or a 10k Race for Life event. They ran, walked or danced their way through the c...

Day about Parkinson’s in June

Drop-in information day at Swindon Town Football Ground - Wednesday 11 June

The Swindon & District Branch of Parkinson’s UK holds a drop-in information day for people with the condition and their carers, as well as health and social care professionals and care home ...

Carers centre makes big drive for support during June awareness week

Swindon Carers Centre is urging companies, community groups and individuals to be a part of the greatest ever drive to reach out to carers through Carers Week Quest from 9 to 15 June.

Swindon Carers Centre is urging companies, community groups and individuals to be a part of the greatest ever drive to reach out to carers. According to the 2011 Census, there are some 19,500 unpaid ...

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Mum's The Word in Swindon on Thursday 5 June

Tips on making the most of motherhood, from celebrity mum and leading national family charity

Tips on making the most of motherhood, from celebrity mum and leading national family charity Local mums are invited to attend an evening event, hosted by former Blue Peter presenter and celebrity mu...

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Fundraising starts early for West Swindon youngsters

Two youngsters from West Swindon spent their half term raising money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Two youngsters from West Swindon spent their half term raising money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Millie Villender, 10, who attends Westlea Primary School and her close friend Eva Flanagan, 9, who...

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West Swindon Team Wins RUN4HOME Challenge

Friends win London to Swindon relay in aid of Threshold Housing Link

On 17 May a team of friends from West Swindon took on and won an 80 mile London to Swindon relay in aid of a Swindon based charity. Run4Home is a fund raising event in support of The Threshold Housin...

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Swindon Foodbank gets a new van for collections and deliveries

More sponsors’ logos wanted

More sponsors’ logos wanted Having a reliable van to make collections for Swindon people in food crisis and deliver it to local distribution centres is absolutely vital to the work of Swindon F...

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Del Boy marks RAF Charitable Trust's £1 million moment

David Jason receives donation for flight simulators

A Cotswold charity has just proved it’s one in a million, with its largest-ever grant to the Air Cadet Organisation (ACO) pushing the total donated to well over £1 million. At a ceremony ...

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Bombay Lounge Old Town charity curry nights

This restaurant no longer offers charity events, but please consider holding a charity curry evening at the Bombay Lounge at Peatmoor Village Centre in West Swindon. Click for available dates www....

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Donations welcome at New Swindon Sanctuary

Help make experience of victims of sexual assault a little easier

The manager of The New Swindon Sanctuary at Gablecross is appealing for help with items for victims of sexual assault. As women and sometimes men usually arrive at the sanctuary with nothing, the cen...

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Swindon company pledges £50k for Cancer Centre

Excalibur Communications kickstart pledge with £25,000 cheque presented to Bath Royal United Hospital Forever Friends Appeal

Swindon-based business mobile, IT and landline providers, Excalibur Communications, are so captivated with The Forever Friends Appeal’s Campaign to raise £8.5million towards a new cancer t...

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Big turn out to relaunch Freshbrook village centre in West Swindon

Free food and bouncy castle enjoyed by over 100 people

The project to revamp Freshbrook village centre - the first since it was built in the early-1980s - was celebrated on 27 May with over 100 people turning up during the morning to take part in the ribb...

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Swindon charity gets timely funding boost to battle malaria in The Gambia

... and curry cashback evening helps women’s Cuba bike ride

Swindon children’s author and Story Sack inventor Neil Griffiths collected a cheque from Bombay Lounge on 14 May to help fund the maintenance and provision of mosquito nets in the village of Gun...

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West Swindon woman to shave her head for Cancer Research on 31 May

Violin teacher Helen will take on a radical new look

Violin teacher Helen Goode from Grange Park, who works as Helen Godfrey, is taking on a radical new look for a good cause when she has her long hair completely cut off in aid of Cancer Research UK on ...

Conflict will be on the agenda at Swindon Trauma Group’s conference on 6 June

The centenary of the outbreak of World War I and the D-Day landings of 1944 will be themes of AGM

The centenary of the outbreak of World War I and the D-Day landings of 1944 will be themes of Swindon Trauma Group’s Annual Conference. The event takes place on Friday 6 June, the 70th annivers...

Enter the 25th charity walk on The Ridgeway outside Swindon

Walkley Midnight Walk from Avebury to Bishopstone - Saturday 14 June

The Rotary Club of Swindon Thamesdown is hoping for a record turnout when it mounts this year’s Walkley Midnight Walk on a 20 mile section of the Ridgeway between Avebury and Bishopstone on Satu...

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West Swindon open gardens in aid of SMASH & Wiltshire Wildlife Trust

Volunteers in Shaw and Nine Elms will be opening their gardens on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 June.

Volunteers in Shaw and Nine Elms will be opening their gardens on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 June. Now in its 12th year, the event has raised over £24,000. The 2014 proceeds will be split equall...

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Swindon mum organises concert to raise the roof and money for dementia

Tickets on sale for the Gig to Remember to raise money and awareness for Alzeimer's Research

Forgetting conversations and making strange sandwiches were the first signs which told Amanda Franks something wasn’t quite right with her mum. That was seven years ago before Cathy, aged just ...

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Swindon group commit to raising £12,000 for Chinese bear sanctuary

Historic agreement sees Animals Asia working with farm to rescue 130 bears

Volunteers in Swindon are playing their part in Animals Asia’s bid to convert a bear bile farm in Nanning, China, into a sanctuary, following an unprecedented request by the farm owner to rescue...

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Wiltshire Roller Derby girls ready to Race for Life at Lydiard Park Swindon

Ten members of roller derby squad will run in their pads with their captain carrying her skates

Ten members of Wiltshire Roller Derby will be taking part in the Race for Life in aid of Cancer Research UK on 31 May, running in their pads and with their captain Miss Shell Shock carrying her skates...

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Swindon children’s cancer charity helped by staff at DHL Iceland

£13,500 presented from fundraising at West Swindon distribution centre

Swindon CALM (Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Movement) was presented with a cheque for almost £13,500 by staff who work at DHL Iceland Distribution Centre in West Swindon at the end of Ap...

Travel to Learn...Return to Inspire. Churchill scholarship applications now open

Prestigious Travelling Fellowships

Prestigious Travelling Fellowships - Applications now open In 2015 The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust will be investing £1.2million in British citizens by awarding a record number of 150 Trav...

Swindon Dementia Action Alliance is launched

Local business and services commit to support people living with dementia and their families.

A number of local businesses and services have made a commitment to support people living with dementia and their families in the town. The Swindon Dementia Action Alliance (SDAA) is being launched ...

North Swindon Beavers, Cubs & Scouts look for community projects

7th Swindon (Abbey Meads)looking for projects to increase awareness of the group and raise money for activities.

In June the Scout Association run a Community Week where groups carry out work in their area – a more organised and supervised activity that replaces the old bob-a-job week.  7th Swindon (...

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Memories are made of simple things for Swindon youngsters

More volunteers are needed to build friendships with 10 to 12 year olds

The exciting new support for children aged 10 to 12 in need of friendship has got off to a flying start with youngsters already beginning to make happy memories, writes Lyn Hartman. “The childr...

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Healthy living at West Swindon Family Centre starts early with help from Sainsbury’s

Bridgemead store sponsors Let's Get Cooking Course

The Sainsbury’s store at Bridgemead is sponsoring the West Swindon Family Centre Let’s Get Cooking course after The Link suggested them for support. The free course for up to seven parent...

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