Charitable causes boosted by donation from Swindon Cares

©Calyx Picture Agency Swindon Cares presentation

Swindon Cares have boosted the coffers of two worthy charities, thanks to a year of fundraising.

Cheques for £9,073 and £8,898 were handed to The Nelson Trust and Swindon Women’s Aid, respectively, in a ceremony at the Tawny Owl in North Swindon.

Present at the event were Mayor Maureen Penny and The High Sheriff of Wiltshire Lady Marland.

Nick Arkell, standing in for Swindon Cares president James Arkell said: “Swindon Cares is all about making a difference and it’s great that we can do that with this money that has been raised.”

The Nelson Trust runs a residential treatment centre providing a comprehensive programme of care and support for people looking for recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. The money will be put towards a specialist IT suite to allow people to have better access to support and employment opportunities.

Swindon Women’s Aid was established in 1975 to provide refuge for vulnerable women and children in Swindon and victims of domestic violence.

Director Olwen Kelly said: “It’s great to know we are making a difference and we are very grateful for your support.”