Fund Raising

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The school had sourced a donor offering 50% of the funds for this phase but that donor has withdrawn.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

Ebola in Liberia


The Rotary Clubs of Banbury and Banbury Cherwell are combining with the Marlow Club to address the desperate situation in West Africa.

They are working with the Rotary Club of Monrovia in Liberia where already thousands of people have died in the Ebola outbreak, and the number has continued to rise.

Liberia, followed by Sierra Leone, are the worst hit countries.

The crisis has led to panic, rioting and fear. The hospitals are not equipped to cope; many have no gloves, no masks, no fresh water, even Doctors are dying!

The Rotary Club of Marlow, have been in touch with the Rotary Club of Monrovia, Liberia’s capital city. They have commenced action with vigour, good sense, and with a real knowledge of what is needed.

They found, can you believe, that the largest hospital in Monrovia had not even one standard Ebola protective garment.

By August 16th, the Rotary Club of Monrovia have given local hospitals 3000 surgical gloves, 10,000 examination gloves, 100 buckets with faucets, and petrol slips for the rapid response vehicles.

Further, they have embarked on a global campaign to raise USD $100,000.00 for this cause. They are engaging with local churches to raise funds, and to distribute the required items.

The Collection at Castle Quay Shopping Centre on Saturday 11th October raised £741.24 and we would like to thank the people of Banbury for their generous donations.

Almost £20,000 has been raised by Rotary Clubs in District 1090 and all the money will be passed to the Rotary Club of Monrovia.

Music to honour the brave 1914-1918

BSO A4 poster 28 JuneS

Music to honour the brave 1914-1918
By Banbury Symphony Orchestra in aid of the Royal British Legion and the Army Benevolent Fund
Saturday 28 June 2014
St Mary’s Church, Banbury at 7.30pm.
Tickets adults £10; Children £4.
Available from ;Tourist Information Centre, Banbury or tel no 01608 645589
1 Elgar Polonia: A Symphonic Prelude
2 Kelly Elegy for strings and harp: ‘In Memoriam Rupert Brook’
3 Britten Sinfonia da Requiem
4 Elgar Enigma Variations
5 Elgar ‘Land of Hope and Glory’