Tuesday, 09 August 2022

Rallying to good causes

Rallying to good causes

FORTY charities and community groups have received a share of the proceeds from this year’s Woodcote Rally.

The event, which took place on July 9 and 10, was attended by thousands of people and raised £15,000, a slight decrease on last year.

It brings the total donations since the Woodcote Charitable Association first held the rally in 1964 to £456,500.

Cheques were handed over during a ceremony at Woodcote village hall on Friday when prizes were awarded to the winners in each of the rally’s classes.

The largest donation was £850 to Wallingford’s army cadets, who were among 19 local organisations that helped with the running of the event.

The others beneficiaries were: the Sue Ryder hospice at Nettlebed (£650); Thames Valley Tractor Club (£600); Woodcote and The Cabin pre-schools (£550 each); Woodcote cricket and badminton clubs (£500 each); Stoke Row scouts and Goring Heath scouts and guides (£500 each); the RG8 badminton club (£350); Checkendon brownies (£350); Goring Heath almshouses’ bowls club (£300); Reading Abbey Football Club (£300); Woodcote Youth Club (£300); Henley and District Young Farmers (£300); St Leonard’s Church, Woodcote (£300); Marie Curie Cancer Care (£300); Stoke Row Primary School (£200); and St Peter’s Church, Caversham (£100).

The youth club will put the money towards activities for its visitors while St Peter’s will put its grant into its organ fund.

This year’s proceeds also went to Woodcote village hall (£750); the Griffiths Higgs educational charity (£600); Thames Valley Air Ambulance (£500); Woodcote and Goring medical practice (£500); Thames Valley Lupus Group (£500); Woodcote community centre (£500); Langtree School, Woodcote (£500); Woodcote Volunteers (£400); Our Woodcote Library (£350); Hearing Dogs for Deaf People (£300); Woodcote Conservation Group and village green committee (£250 each); Checkendon Aid in Sickness (£200); the Firefighters Charity (£200); Wyfold Riding for the Disabled Association (£200); Woodcote/Stoke Row Football Club (£200); Mowforth House, Woodcote, and Goring Heath almshouses (£200 each); Woodcote Primary School (£200); Christ the King Church, Woodcote (£200); and the Goring Macular Society (£200).

The library group’s donation will go towards new books while Woodcote Primary School will put its money towards a new learning and play area. The village green committee will replace several trees and Mowforth House will buy Christmas lunch for its residents at the Highwayman in Exlade Street.

The rally has now given more than £40,000 to Woodcote village hall, more than £15,000 to the village green and more than £10,000 to St Leonard’s Church.

Spokesman Andy Crockett said: “It has been another good year for us as £15,000 is a lot of money to give away to charities and good causes.

“It’s rewarding to see how our efforts and hard work have paid off.

“We’re looking forward to next year and although it’s too soon to say what attractions will be there, we’re always keen to get more volunteers and marshalls as we could do with some new blood.”

l Next year’s rally will be held on Saturday and Sunday, July 8 and 9. Anyone who can help should email marshalls@woodcoterally.org.uk

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