Churn Project ‘Champions’ raise nearly £16,000 from fundraising events

The Churn Champions taking advantage of the dry summer and standing in the River Churn in Cirencester

Thanks to the ingenuity and hard work of a small group of volunteer fundraisers, Cirencester charity The Churn Project has received £15,637 – the proceeds of a variety of imaginative fundraising events held during the year from July 2021 to June 2022.

Established in Cirencester 21 years ago, The Churn Project aims to reduce isolation and improve wellbeing in the community, particularly for those who are lonely, at a point of transition or crisis in their lives, or who are experiencing mental health issues.

The Churn Champions are the charity’s informal group of volunteer fundraisers, local people with lots of ideas and the get up and go to see them through. There are currently seven ‘Champions’, and between them in 2021/22 they organised a range of events, including visits to beautiful private Cotswold gardens, an online auction with Moore Allen & Innocent that raised over £4,000, a fascinating Travellers’ Tales evening that raised nearly £900, and a summer garden party for invited guests that raised a whopping £9,000. The Churn Champions also volunteer at events such as the choral concerts in the parish church where The Churn Project benefits by selling refreshments in the interval.

The funds raised by the Churn Champions make a vital contribution to the charity’s work as they are deemed to be ‘unrestricted’ and therefore able to be used wherever the charity needs them most.  The Churn Project’s Ailsa O’Connor supports the Champions and is keen to boost their cohort and expand the number and type of fundraising activities they undertake:

“The Churn Champions are crucial to generating those important unrestricted funds that are so very useful to us. I would urge anyone who values what The Churn Project does for our community, and who has time and enthusiasm to give, to get in touch and come along to one of our brainstorming sessions. We would love you to join us.”

If you would like to know more about the work of The Churn Project and the Churn Champions, please contact ailsa.oconnor@thechurn.org.uk or call 01285 830038 for information.


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