Business forum Swindon Cares, which has now raised over £215,000 since it started in 2003, boosted its support for charitable, community and voluntary organisations in the town by another £18,000 in 2015.
The group selects two charities to fundraise for over a two year period. In December first year cheques for £9,000 each were presented to West Swindon based charity Hop Skip & Jump which provides support for children with complex physical conditions and special educational needs and behavioural problems.
The other charity is DASH, which aims to improve the quality of life of people with autism and their families by raising professional, public and political awareness. It is estimated that the Swindon autism community comprises over 2,200 individuals, of whom 50% will have Aspergers.
Swindon Cares vice chair Bill Fishlock said: “I find it difficult to believe how well Swindon Cares has done this year. A team representing our objectives took part in the Swindon Half Marathon and raised a huge amount of money. The runners did a great job and we hope to find even more runners to help out next October.
Committee member Nicky Alberry added: “It’s been fabulous working with our two charities this year, DASH and Hop, Skip and Jump. We look forward to raising a similar amount in 2016.”
Events last year included concerts, a golf tournament and a quiz night. To organise a fundraiser in 2016 or join the half marathon team, contact Swindon Cares via Facebook