The Rotary Club of Swindon Old Town presented a number of cheques to local charity organisations at its presentation evening this week at The Masonic Hall.

Every year the club president picks a main charity for the year, usually one that is close to their heart and with this year seeing three Joint Presidents for the first time in the clubs history there were a number of charities that were set to benefit from the years fundraising efforts.

Richard Crowley, Chairman of CALM with Mike Welsh, joint President of The Rotary Club of Swindon Old Town

The money was raised at the annual Duck Race on the River Ray, which this year raised in excess of £16,000.

Beneficiaries on the evening included Brighter Futures, who announced they hope to be breaking ground on the new chemotherapy unit for Swindon this October, Prospect Hospice, CALM, Swindon’s Big Breakfast and the Blue Cross.

The Rotary Club of Swindon Old Town meets every Wednesday morning to share breakfast at Kings Hotel Wood Street. For more details about joining Rotary you can pop along to breakfast on Wednesday of you can contact

The full list of cheque awards on the evening were:

  • ABC
  • Blue Cross
  • Big Breakfast
  • Brighter Futures
  • CALM
  • Desai Memorial School
  • Explorer Scouts
  • Goddark Park
  • Interactive Art Service
  • Swindon MS Therapy Centre
  • Swindon Cares
  • Willows Counselling service
  • Wiltshire Scout Council

Next year’s Race will be on Bank Holiday Monday 27 May 2019  Keep the date and follow us through the year on Facebook at Swindon’s Famous Duck Race


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