Fund Raising

Organ donations of another kind!


Thanks to all the kind people who donated funds that will go towards Katharine House Hospice and other Rotary Charities at the annual organ fundraising at Banbury supermarkets.

Thanks also to the supermarkets themselves for agreeing to the collections and to Rotarians – maybe especially Andrew Fairbairn and John Webb for their parts in making it all happen. (John Webb also brings along his own street organ in December to complement the Club’s.)

Funds raised this year amounted to the following:


Friday Tesco £1096.81
 Saturday  Sainsburys  £1536.12
 Sunday Morrisons  780.75
 Monday  Morrisons  £1046.03
 Tuesday  Sainsburys  1145.83
 TOTAL  £5605.54

This money will be distributed 75% to Katharine House Hospice, 15% to Banbury Air Cadets and 10% to other charities.

Christmas Food Parcels – 11th Dec 2019

We made our normal Christmas parcel deliveries on Sunday 11th December and huge thanks to John Hansford and Alan Wolstencroft for their very hard work on this. Also thanks to all those Club members that turned out to help make the deliveries on the day proving once again that many hands make light work.
246 parcels were distributed, each parcel having a basic value of £27.80 and containing 33 items.

Charities benefit from “Six of the Best” concert – Dec 2019

On Friday 22nd November cheques for the profits from the ‘Six of the Best’ choirs at St Mary’s Church, Banbury (28th Sept)  have been presented to the benefitting charities:

  • Helen and Douglas House Hospice who support children and their families who have cancer
  • The Rotary Foundation (End polio now) that strives to and has almost succeeded in finally eradicating polio from the planet.

Many thanks to all those who organised, took part in or supported the concert.

Concerts will help children at home and abroad.

Funds raised at the forthcoming Children Singing for Children concerts will all be going to children’s charities.

The largest share will be going to a local charity, Children Seen and Heard. 

Money will also go to other local childrens charities and to third world education projects.

One such project, overseen by Banbury Rotary member Alan Wolstencroft, is taking place at at Kunduma School in Sierra Leonne  where 150+ kids currently have NO toilets, let alone a Blenheim Palace style GOLD one !

Work has begun at the school to build a 3 cubicle toilet block and the progress is going well.  EVERYTHING is done manually but the benefit of this is that local guys are earning a wage which will help them provide for their families and it also gives them a sense of ownership of the project.





Rock-Face Challenge for Charity – July 2019

Charity Challenge

Banbury Rotarian. Andrew Fairbairn is planning a challenge to ascend the 1,000 metre sheer rock face of the Daubenhorn (Leukerbad, Switzerland). An 8 hour via ferrata route.

Why? To raise money for two charities – a building project for a school in The Gambia and Katharine House Hospice, Banbury.

Education in The Gambia

Three years ago the Rotary Club of Banbury along with the Rotary Club of Tonbridge engaged in a project – spearheaded by Andrew and his wife, Marilyn – to fund a borehole at Prospects Upper Basic School, Mariama Kunda Village, The Gambia. It aimed to provide improved quality water thereby reducing health risks to pupils and staff.

The school is currently expanding and has a two-storey building under construction but this can only continue as funds become available.

This project is being overseen by the Rotary Club of Bijilo and the ground floor and some of the walls are in place taking it to the stage of needing the structural concrete floor of the second storey to act as an interim roof over the three classrooms and examination hall to make it useable in the rainy season.

The school had sourced a donor offering 50% of the funds for this phase but that donor has withdrawn.

Banbury Rotary has donated £5,030.68 but is now seeking to fundraise a further £5,600 towards the approximate £10,600 needed.


Katharine House Hospice

Many people have cause to appreciate the services provided by this hospice in supporting a family member or friend. It not only provides accommodation and day treatment but is also active in care in people’s homes. More information is available on the following website –



If you wish to sponsor Andrew on the ascent of the Daubenhorn, you can choose for your donation to go to either or both recipients. If you are a tax payer then a Gift Aid form can be forwarded to you for you to complete in order that an additional 25% can be added to your generous donation.

Please contact Andrew on either 07711 142887 or via e-mail at if you wish to have a guest speaker and/or are willing to make a donation to these deserving causes.  100% of your donation will go to the recipient(s). No amount will be deducted for expenses.

Rotarian. Andrew Fairbairn, Rotary Club of Banbury




Thanks from APS Support UK – June 2019

Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is a disorder of the immune system that  increases the risk of blood clots and therefore of a range of major problems including deep vein thrombosis, heart attack and strokes but may also manifest in a range of more minor symptoms.  For more information check the APS Support UK website here.

Rotary recently made a donation to this society: here is part of the text of thank you letter dated 4 June 2019  from APS Support UK

On behalf of APS Support UK, I would like to thank the Rotary Club of Banbury for the kind and generous donation of £100 towards Phil Godfrey’s APS awareness and fundraising campaign.
As you know, Phil is fundraising in memory of his lovely wife Christine who had APS and his efforts have allowed us to launch the first ever GP e-Learning training courses about antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) with the Royal College of GPs.
Thanks to the support of people and groups like yours, we have been able to set up our new research fund to further scientific research into APS.
Your generous donation will help us continue with this project, so thank you again.
With Kindest Regards  Kate Hindle  Charity Manager

Sunshine Centre receives cheque – March 2019


At a lunchtime meeting on Friday 15th March 2019 Banbury Rotary Club handed over a cheque for £4,445.92 to Jill Edge, the manager of Banbury’s Sunshine Centre.

The centre, which is based in Edmunds Road Bretch Hill, provides practical help and emotional support to families who need a little extra help. You can read more about their work here.

The money was raised by twenty-six primary school choirs that performed at St Mary’s Church, Banbury  last November in the Children Singing for Children Concerts.

We thank the school staff, the students and their parents and the many people and organisations that helped make these concerts the usual resounding success.

A Successful Year


During the last Rotary year we donated a total of £44,818.31 to worthy causes. Past President Phil Cavill said “the members of the Club have again put their heart and soul into helping and supporting others and shown what can be done when you set out to “Light up Rotary”.

Support was given to the following:

  • Methodist Church £60.00
  • Laura Guile Zambia £100.00
  • Student Bursaries £3,000.00
  • Food for homeless £200.00
  • Ebola Appeal £741.24
  • Handicap Cycle £327.00
  • One Eighty Charity £2,800.00
  • Katharine House Hospice £5,000.00
  • Sierra Leone Schools project £14,050.00
  • R.Y.L.A. £662.58
  • Frank Wise School £2,000.00
  • Educaid £100.00
  • Rotary Foundation £4,700.00
  • Safewater Aquafilter £1,273.00
  • End Polio Now £5,000.00
  • Shelter Box £590.00
  • Leukaemia Research £135.00
  • Biker Response Charity £100.00
  • Shelterbox £2,360.00
  • Street Pastors £250.00
  • BGN Tall Ships £500.00
  • Party for Blind £69.49
  • Roll out the Barrel Charity £600.00


helping-handsA huge thank-you to everyone who helped us during 2014 to donated to deserving causes a magnificent total of £43,027 and organised the following events:

  • Young Musician of the Year Competition
  • Young Chef Competition
  • School Practice Interviews
  • Children Singing for Children Concerts
  • supporting Tour de Trigs
  • Family Christmas Festival of Music Concert
  • Christmas Street Organ Collections
  • Party for the Blind and Partially Sighted
  • Crocus Concerts
  • RYLA