Cash For Your Community 2016 finalists W - Z

W to Z of the Cash For Your Community 2016 finalists.

Cash For Your Community 2016 finalists W - Z

Please click on the name of a community group below to see their profile.

  • West Mercia Search & Rescue

  • Wrekin Special Swimming Club

  • Welshpool Community Transport

  • Wellington Cottage Care Trust

  • Wrekin Riders BMX Race Club

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West Mercia Search & Rescue

This voluntary search and rescue group provides vital support to the emergency services in Shropshire by through its specialist first aid and rescue operations.

The organisation, which had a boat base in Telford, responds to calls from any of the emergency services when required day or night to provide back-up, particularly in searches for missing people, support at public events and during times of adverse weather, natural disasters or civil emergencies.

Fundraiser Martin Whalley says drowning is one of the leading causes of deaths in the region, so the service supplies teams of highly-trained water rescuers who can search for, and bring to safety anyone who is trapped by fast-moving water.

"We also have swift-water boats to help with more demanding rescues," he says.

Martin adds that the service helps the Environment Agency in helping with pollution incidents.

"As a team we cover the whole of Shropshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire, that's more than 3,000 square miles, and deal with all weather conditions, from snowy peaks in the Shropshire Hills, down to flooded fields in Worcestershire," he says.

"All of our members are volunteers who give their time, fuel and personal equipment for free."

He says the majority of the volunteers' training is self-funded, so that charitable donations can be spent on the purchase of equipment and maintenance of rescue equipment and charity vehicles.

"The funds will make a huge difference to help fund training, and equipment," says Martin.

"The specialised training required can be a financial burden if being self-funded. The money will go towards the training so that our volunteers can concentrate on saving people."

*West Mercia Search and Rescue, c/o Adrian Garrett, 2nd Floor, RCF, Park Lane East, Tipton, DY4 8RF.

Wrekin Special Swimming Club

Originally known as Flippers, the swimming club was formed in 1981.

The club, run by volunteers, provides closed swimming sessions at Wellington swimming pool every Sunday for anybody with a special need, including those with physical or mental disabilities.

It is open to people with both long-term and short-term conditions, as well as those needing space and encouragement to regain fitness after illness or surgery.

Chairman Colin Stockton said: "Our aim is to provide every member with the ability to be safe and confident in the water, using aids if necessary.

"We also provide support and advice for parents and carers to continue with confidence building."

Colin said the club was self-funding, and charged a nominal fee of £1 per person.

"This is kept low as the members are often from backgrounds where the only income is disability allowance," he said.

"The nominal fee ensures that they can afford the weekly payment while retaining their dignity."

*Wrekin Special Swimming Club, 12 Percy Thrower Avenue, Bomere Heath, Shrewsbury, SY4 3QP

Welshpool Community Transport

This organisation provides a taxi scheme for elderly and disabled people without their own transport.

The service has been run since 1997 by volunteer drivers, and people using the service are issued with taxi vouchers they can use when they need to make trips to doctors, hospitals or the shops.

Committee member Roger Brooks said the service had suffered from reduced funding in recent times, and its volunteers raised money from events such as coffee mornings and bucket collections.

*Welshpool Community Transport, c/o 3 Leighton Park, Leighton, Welshpool, SY21 8LW.

Wellington Cottage Care Trust

Cottage Care runs a nurse-led day centre for adults with disabilities or who are in need of special medical care.

The centre is open from 9am until 4.30pm every weekday, and nursing care and personal care are available.

Business manager Emma Atwell said: "Our centre provides a relaxed, comfortable and safe environment where individual needs are met and supported."

She said the charity was seeking to deliver a high-quality programme of activities to stimulate and engage adults with different needs, in particular those affected by dementia.

Emma said a share of the fund would help provide a better quality of life for people with complex needs, including those isolated at home.

*79 Haygate Road, Wellington, Telford, TF1 2BJ

Wrekin Riders BMX Race Club

This volunteer-led BMX club offers novice and expert sessions to children aged three and above every Saturday and Sunday.

Around 2,500 BMX riders from around the UK are expected to head to the club when it hosts a two-day National BMX Series event in August.

Treasurer Jo Edwards says: "Many hotels are already fully booked and we will be offering a campsite area too. Caterers are booked and trade stands and the whole economy of Telford will gain a boost."

"The club is run by parents of the children to give other children the opportunity and has recently attracted an increase in number of youngsters from the local care homes. We have seen some great results with these youngsters and their behaviour."

A team of racers have competed at club, regional, national, and even world level.

At the moment all training is provided free of charge by British Cycling coach Kieran Edwards who does not take any funds out of the club.

However, in February last year the club was hit by thieves who stole vital track maintenance equipment including trimmers and rakes, then last month(FEB) struck again stealing the replacement equipment which had been bought for the Nationals.

"We now have to start again to raise money to replace the much needed equipment, security equipment and CCTV to ensure we aren't targeted again," Jo says.

"We need to get enough money to get the track in top condition and to ensure it meets British Cycling standard ahead of the Nationals.

"Money needs to be raised for fencing, boards to go around the track, rubble to build up the sides of the track, maintenance and scaffolding for the commentary tower.

"The children love the track and the volunteers want to keep it accessible to all ages and abilities hence the £2 session charge is so low.

"We would spend any community cash on would be to buy new smaller race bikes as we do not have enough for the increasing numbers of children coming to the novice sessions and also to buy new helmets again due to the numbers but also as many need replacing due to them being donated by others in the past and being worn out."

Funds would also be used to buy new strimmers and track maintenance equipment such as rakes, which are essential to maintain the track after bad.

"Helmets range from just £30 and race bikes from £150 but it means we can then hire these out and generate an income for the club," says Jo.

"The funds may also mean we could start a flood light fund project so this time next year we may be able to install flood lights.

"And the best result - more smiling faces as the youngsters cross the finishing line in their first race, as they pedal for the first time or balance for the first time. There's nothing better than seeing those faces."

*Wrekin Riders BMX Race Club, Telford BMX Track, Duce Drive, Telford, TF4 3JS

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