Wow, what a year 2016 was for Barry Round Table! Its main fundraiser (the community Santa Sleigh) made 25 appearances in total, covering nine areas, three supermarkets, 30 miles of streets, 360+ man hours and 4300+ sweets – and it was all made possible by the seven Round Table members and support received from six local groups and 18 community sponsors. Together they raised over £4000 which will be used to support local good causes and charities in and around Barry.
The Santa Sleigh wouldn’t be as successful as it is without the support from the local scouting and sea cadets groups and as a thank you, Barry Round Table presented each group with a donation towards 2017 activities and created & issued a new ‘Santa Helper’ camp badge for all the leaders and young people who came out – a massive hit with the leader and young people!
As an extra element to supporting the community we invited local groups to apply for a small equipment grant via our Santa Christmas Wish and are pleased to say that 15 groups were granted equipment including water toys for the Barry Beavers Disabilities Swimming club, tea and coffee for The Castaways Club, printer and inks for Forgotten Families group, cricket balls for Barry Athletic Youth Cricket Club and indoor games for 5th Barry Scouts to first aid kits for local sports clubs.
In addition to the sleigh activity, December saw Barry Round Table create and launch a charity calendar which started with an amateur photographer competition (with over 35+ entries submitted). The calendar development was supported by sponsorship from local community businesses and on the 11th January 2017 at Barry Town United Club House, the club hosted a presentation night – inviting those who had sponsored the calendar, competition winners and community groups that they were supporting.
The night was a great success and we would like to thank all the of the following for all their help and support during 2016:
CJ Travel, CEG, JPL Sound, Edson Print, RIM Motors, Leanne Sokolski Consultancy, Beautiful Lily Florists, Barrybados, Barry Town United, Nina Estate Agents, Smart Desk Business Services, Earlyversity, Briscombes Dry Cleaners, Exigo Training, Fat Pig Hog Roast, Auto-Pro, Barry Tyre Centre, Harmony Furnishings, VOG Fire and Security, LDS Motor Factor, Whitmore and Jackson, Barry Island Pleasure Park, Vale Funeral Services, Just Fancy, Barry Town Council, Communicate Media, Giggles Toys, Fun Harbour and Homemade Wales.
2017 will see Barry Round Table celebrate its 60th year with a celebratory dinner event planned for February. As such, the group are determined to have an even bigger and better year and would love to hear from any community groups out there looking for support via manpower or financial support. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org with details of how we can help.
Likewise the group is always looking for new members and would love to hear from men aged 18-45 who are looking to try out new activities, make some new mates and help us to make positive changes in our community.
For more information, visit: www.barry.roundtable.co.uk