The Wimborne Wagtails Swimming Club for the Disabled is now a registered charity. At the moment we are affiliated to national charities. So – why do we want to be a charity in our right? There are lots of advantages. When raising money we can get an extra 25% in Gift Aid, assuming the donor is a tax payer. Subscription money, both now and for a number of years back is open to gift aid. We become eligible to all sorts of grants and funding; some through government channels, some through private means. We are also open to corporate sponsorship, especially from local companies. The companies name could be incorporated onto the sports clothes we wear at swimming galas. We could also mention the company on our website, (http://wimbornewagtails.org.uk/).
So, what does the money go to? On the website we show what donations are for. All the money goes directly to us. Everyone associated with the club is a volunteer, so therefore there are no wages. We have no premises, no fleet of vehicles. Like a business getting funding from a bank a business plan was needed for the application to be a charity. The structure of the charity is like a company; chairman, secretary, treasurer plus committee members. These are like board members and will be trustees of the charity. We are Dorset’s most vulnerable group – all ages, all disabilities, mental as well as physical. I think most people know of someone who is disabled. Please make them aware of us and the value we would be to them. If you would like to make a donation to this extremely worthwhile local charity please look online or contact me directly.
Disability is a subject I feel passionately about, having spent 10 months in a wheelchair following my stroke of 2008 and losing 5 billion brain cells! I would be more than happy to come and talk to any local bodies, (schools, WI, TWG etc), on the subject of disability and The Wagtails. If interested please e-mail me at Broadstone Clinic, (email@example.com), or telephone me on my home number: 01202 659787.