Fundraising in the community

Winchcombe Rotary Trust Fund CIO is a registered charity number 1184913
The Club's Charitable activities involve a wide range of fundraising which in turn allows us to support charities and needy causes with links to the local community. Members also provide non-financial support to local projects and initiatives.



The Club is involved with a variety of fundraising activities throughout the year which includes a 100 Club Lottery and ad hoc fundraising activities including Concerts, Santa's Sleigh, Quiz nights, Static Bikeathon etc. Often these events are run for a specific charity.

Our major fundraiser is the Classics at Prescott Hill Climb event. This is held annually at the Bugatti Owners' Club at Prescott, Cheltenham. Classic Car owners have the opportunity to drive the famous hill and have a day socialising with like minded car enthusiasts.

This event, initially run by The Rotary Club of Cheltenham Cleeve Vale, has was held for 16 consecutive years before the pandemic meant we had to cancel 2020. It has raised over a quarter of a million  pounds for a wide variety of Rotary Charities. Winchcombe Rotary Club became involved in 2018 and took over the running of the event in 2020.

Community Projects


Members are involved in a variety of Community projects including:

  • ​Decorating Winchcombe with Christmas trees 

  • Running Santa's Grotto at the Winchcombe Christmas Festival.

  • Taking Santa on his Sleigh around the streets of Winchcombe, entertaining the children and raising money for charity

  • Providing and Planting trees in the new Cemetery

  • Planting Crocuses as part of Purple4Polio awareness

  • Spring and Autumn ground maintenance at St Peters Church

  • Maintenance of a floral display in a planter in the centre of the Town.

  • Food collections for the North Cotswold Food Bank

  • Participation in the Great British Clean up and the Winchcombe Spring Clean.

  • Supporting Lend with Care

Charitable Donations


The Charitable Funds Advisory Committee meets every 3 months and reviews all Charitable applications and makes recommendations to the club members who make the final decision on funding.

The policy of the club is to give priority to

  • Humanitarian needs

  • Charitable and Public Organisations rather than individuals

  • Projects where our contribution can make a significant difference

  • Local and national/international needs with local connection and Rotary Charities.

If you wish to see the full policy document click here.


If you would like to apply for funding then an application should be submitted to the Charitable Fund Advisory Committee Chair.  To download the application form click here. 

Shelterbox provides disaster relief worldwide.

Rotary Clubs across the world have worked with Shelterbox for some time. Focusing on immediate relief when a disaster strikes Shelterbox can react quickly to provide shelter and basic needs for affected families. A recent example has been the earthquake in Haiti. Winchcombe Rotary made a donation to fund a Shelterbox unit. 

Recent charitable donations include:

  • £2250 to West Midlands Ambulance service to provide Bleed Control and CPR training at Winchcombe School as part of their "Sky Champs" programme.

  • £1000 to the Trussell Trust as a contribution towards the running
    costs of the North Cotswold Food Bank.

  • £500 to Shelterbox to provide emergency shelter and provisions
    to a family following the Haiti earthquake.

  • £380 to Winchcombe Cricket Club to provide new practise nets.

  • £200 to Rotary District Appeal to provide Oxygen Concentrators in partnership with The Rotary Club of Pune in India.

  • £1000 to Winchcombe Town Trust as a contribution towards the
    repair of the museum ceiling.

  • £275 to Brain Tumour Research (Rotary International Charity)

  • £1200 to the fund purchase of Rapid Infuser at Sue Ryder, Leckhampton Court.

  • £3000 to "We all Matter" (WAM) to support young person mentoring

  • £250 to Global Sight Solutions (Rotary International Charity)

  • £100 to Kidsout Christmas Toybox initiative

  • £500 to Cheltenham Samaritans.

  • £900 to Educational Funding for Honduras Orphanage

  • £2400 Construction of access ramp at the BeSocial centre 
    in Winchcombe

  • £300 to Mercy Ships

  • £350 to Legs for Africa

  • £1000 to SW Ambulance Trust (Winchcombe First Responders) to provide a one man patient lift.

  • £500 to Winchcombe Playgroup

  • £650 WAM Youth purchase of software to improve safe guarding

  • £1000 to WAM Youth to support one young person for a year

We also make a monthly payment to an Orphanage in Honduras to help with routine running costs

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