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             Support in The Gambia
The society heard of a family in The Gambia, who with 19 children to support, were having difficulties. The members raised money to install water in their compound thereby alleviating numerous visits to the village tap and allowing cultivation of a small patch of land joining their home by growing bananas.  This gave nutrition to the children and also allowed surplus fruit to be sold raising additional cash..  DHL  kindly transported, on two separate occasions, large boxes of children’s clothes and toys donated by members which were greatly appreciated by the society and the family.
We then set out to raise sufficient money to put a roof on an extension to their home and this we achieved in October 2004.
Charity Work
However this was just a drop in the ocean and we found we could help reach a much larger portion of the population by supporting. GAFSIP -  Gambia & Avon Fire Service in Partnership, which was set up in 1991  by David Hutchings and in conjunction with Avon Fire Authority, who donate redundant fire vehicles and equipment, together with educational and health materials for use in the Gambia.  Severn Counties made a donation of £200 in 2005 to help towards these costs and invited David Hutchings to the Open Meeting on the 15th March 2007 to accept a further cheque for £400. To get a full picture of GAFSIP’s  achievements log on to their web site at www.gafsip.org
DONATIONS - 2007
‘The Methodist Church Hall, Down Road, Winterbourne Down, Bristol. Donation to the costs to upgrade the hall to cater for the
 disabled.
DONATIONS - 2008
Cheque's of £100 to each of the following.
Keynsham Seals - Disabled Swimming Club,  37th Kingswood Scout Group, China Bear Rescue
Macmillan Cancer Support.
DONATIONS - 2009
£150 was awarded to each of the following.
Breast Cancer Unit Support Trust, The Prostate Cancer Charity, North Nibley Romania Team
The Christopher Durbin Memorial Charity Fund
DONATIONS - 2010
£200  -  Marie Curie Cancer Care,  £200  -  St Peter’s Hospice - Bristol,   £200  -  Help the Hero’s
DONATIONS - 2011
£150 to each of the following.
  Huntington’s Disease Association - Avon & Somerset Police Community Trust -
Macmillion Cancer |Trust.
DONATIONS - 2012

    £150  -  Great Western Air Ambulance - £150   -  Cancer Research UK - £110  -  Avon North Mencap  
DONATIONS - 2013
Charity donations this year were as follows.
£200 - Cancer Research UK ( on behalf of Fred & Pam Smith’s Golden Wedding Anniversary)
£110 - Avon North Mencap    £50 - British Heart Foundation

DONATIONS - 2015

Donations of £100 was made to the following

The Alzheimers Society

The Parkingsons Society

Bristol Eye Hospital

British Lung Foundation

The Hive - Avon North Mencap




DONATIONS - 2014


£150  to the new Bone Marrow Adult Transplant Unit being opened at Bristols Cancer Centre

£150 to the Somerset Level Fund  run by the Bath & West Showground, Somerset.  As this was very close to home we also put out our collection boxes at meetings and which raised a further £80.46 so the total sent was £230 46.



DONATIONS  -  2016


Donations of  £100 have been made to each of the following


SENSE for deaf blind people

Teenage Cancer Trust

Children’s Hospice South West

The society thanks all those who help to raise funds each year enabling  us to help those not so fortunate.