We celebrated a £2,000 donation from Tavistock Rotary
“Rotary is focused on mental health”
A huge thank you to Tavistock Rotary for a £2,000 cheque that will really make a difference to our mental health hub and the free support we offer the local community. Make a Difference was one of four Tavistock charities chosen by Rotary as recipients of an amazing £8,000 – raised by its members at community events over the course of a year. Tavistock Rotary club president John Hanson said that out of 15 local charities that were nominated, Make a Difference was a fitting choice for funding, explaining: ‘Rotary is focused on mental health and wellbeing globally, so it’s really appropriate to be able to support a local mental health charity.'
Make a Difference Tavistock is an open-door mental health charity, providing people in West Devon and the surrounding area with support and friendship to improve their mental wellbeing. Open to all, our cafe-style mental health hub is based at Trident House, Taylor Square and our community arts and crafts workshop, the Arch, is just up the road.
Along with Make a Difference, Tavistock Youth Cafe, The Mary Budding Trust and Dartmoor Search and Rescue also had a £2,000 funding windfall from Rotary.
The cheques were presented by Tavistock’s mayor, Anne Johnson, at a gala evening held at the Bedford Hotel.
John Hanson said: ‘We were very pleased to present the cheques – and it’s important to mention that none of this would have been possible without the goodwill of the folk in Tavistock who so generously supported our events.’
Make a Difference project co-ordinator Mark Rickman said: ‘As a mental health charity, our mission is have an open door for people when they need it, as well as foster mental health awareness and kindness throughout the local community. ‘This amazing donation from Tavistock Rotary not only helps us to keep the lights on and door open at Trident House in a practical sense, but supports us in encouraging the whole community to get involved. ‘We’d like to thank Tavistock Rotary and its members – as well as every single person who donated.’
Tavistock Rotary’s community service leader, Christine Ellis led the fundraising at some of Tavistock’s most famous calendar events including Goose Fair and Dickensian Evening, as well as organise Santa sleigh visits at Christmas, and a host of other wonderful events throughout the year.
Rotary will be hosting a Health & Wellbeing event in Butchers Hall on Friday 22 May, as part of National Mental Health Awareness Week. Visit their website for details of this and other upcoming events.
Inspired to make a difference?
Find out more about how you can volunteer your skills, fundraise and support mental health kindness in Tavistock