Charities

The Rotary Club of Reading Maiden Erlegh has raised in the region of £500,000 for charity since it was formed in 1989 as well as helping with many local and international projects. We hope to raise over £5,000 from this event. Our expenses are kept to a minimum as Rotarians, their partners, Inner Wheel members and other welcome helpers give of their time freely and we are very lucky to have a number of suppliers and sponsors who either make no charge at all or just a nominal fee. Please see the Sponsors page for more details.

This year the Reading Charity Art Fair is supporting the Royal Berkshire Hospital Staff Wellbeing Centre.

The wellbeing and welfare of NHS staff is essential to the care of all patients. Like many hospitals throughout the UK, the staff members at all levels at the Royal Berkshire Hospital have worked tirelessly with dedication under immense pressure during the Covid-19 pandemic. To ensure that they get the support they all deserve, a permanent wellbeing centre is being established near to the hospital. It will be a place for them to rest, relax and access services to help them keep well, healthy and motivated. The centre will provide space for holistic therapies, exercise classes and psychological support. Donations and purchases at the Art Fair will add to the funding of these much-needed facilities.

 

Previous Art Fairs have helped the Thames Valley Air Ambulance, Royal Berkshire Charity to buy an Ultrasound Scanner and a Faxitron scanner to improve the detection and treatment of breast cancer. Funds have also been raised for the Alexander Devine Children's Hospice.

Other charities which we support include:

During the Covid-19 pandemic we continue supporting CIRDIC, the Woodley Food Bank and the Wycliffe Church Food Share. Some of the other charities supported include Me2Club, Launchpad, Children in Need, Camp Mohawk, Addington School, Royal British Legion, Daisy's Dream, ABC to Read, Shelter Box, the Alzheimer's Society, Crossroads, JAC, the Stroke Association, the Wokingham Waterside Centre, Helen & Douglas House, the Duchess of Kent House Charity, Diabetes UK, Age Concern, Sports Able, Sue Ryder, Reading Talking Newspapers, Woodley Food Bank, Chernobyl Children, Yeldall Manor, Rotary Doctor Bank, Mercy Ships, The Karun Orphanage in India, Water Aid,  Infant School in the Gambia, VSO Literacy Project in Tanzania. We also provide support to schools and young adults as well as the world-wide elimination of Polio.