Town Gardens Cafe fundraiser for Brighter futures hailed a great success

By Barrie Hudson - 8 April 2021


Great Western Hospital charity Brighter Futures is £3,000 better off following an Easter Weekend fundraiser at the Town Gardens Cafe.

  • From left: Ray Norman of Rotary, Anne Norman of Brighter Futures, Cllr Neil Hopkins

    From left: Ray Norman of Rotary, Anne Norman of Brighter Futures, Cllr Neil Hopkins

Brighter Futures was chosen by Rotary Cub of Swindon Old Town, whose members staffed the cafe over the four-day holiday.
The money will be used by the charity to provide support for NHS staff whose mental and physical wellbeing has suffered as a result of their gruelling work during the pandemic.
South Swindon Parish Council has overall responsibility for the cafe, and the volunteer staff included Leisure and Amenities Committee chair Cllr Neil Hopkins, himself a Rotarian.
He said: "The parish council is over the moon to announce that £3,000 has been raised for Brighter Futures GWH over the Easter Weekend as part of Old Town Rotary Club's charity fundraiser at the Town Gardens Cafe. 
"Thank you so much to all the volunteers at the cafe over Easter weekend, without whom this money could not have been raised. 
"As a member of Old Town Rotary myself I personally volunteered a lot of my time over the weekend and saw firsthand how pleased people were that the café at the Town Gardens was open over the Easter Weekend for this charity fundraiser. Great news all round”.
Anne Norman, Brighter Futures' Commemorative Giving Manager, said before the opening: "Brighter Futures are thrilled to be chosen as the charity that Old Town Rotary are raising funds for.
"The funds are going to be used for staff welfare. It's been an incredibly tough year for the whole country but especially for the staff working in the NHS.
"Lots of staff have been redeployed to work on covid wards. All the medical staff have been working incredibly long hours in tough conditions with PPE, and now we need to think about them and how we can help their mental and physical wellbeing going forward."
Ray Norman, President of Rotary Cub of Swindon Old Town, described the opening as a real opportunity to raise money for a deserving cause.

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