41 Purbeck artists and craftspeople contributed over 300 Lots for the Art4Action Christmas auction. Organised by the publishers of Wareham Tower Chimes, with the backing of Wareham Town Council, the money raised will be split between the artists, Routes to Roots and St Martin in the Walls Church in Wareham, resulting in a donation of £750 to R2R. The organisers are now in the process of creating a continuous fundraising Art4Action virtual art and craft market, and intend for Routes to Roots to be the first recipient. R2R volunteer Susan receives the cheque from publisher Malcolm Lewis at The Creative Gallery in Wareham.
Over the last year at Routes to Roots, we have been working very hard to convert 104 Hill Street, a former Baptist church, into a centre for help for the homeless of Poole. Work is going really well, but we need to raise more funds in order to design and install a suitable heating system. This is the goal of our Christmas Appeal. £25,000 will ensure our heating is not only fit for purpose but low carbon, and we need your help to reach that target. Over £15,000 raised by mid February. Please spread the word and help us spread some warmth by donating.
Routes to Roots featured on the second round of the Aviva Community Fund’s 20202 crowdfunding programme for small charities. We raised £3,000 towards the refurbishment of our Hill Street building.
The Aviva Community Fund supports small charities with forward-thinking ideas across the UK with funding, vital support and resources.
As part of its funding support, Aviva is allocating every single one of its 16,000 UK employees an ‘Employee wallet’ of £60, to be split across each quarter of the programme. Aviva employees can donate their allocation of funds to the participating causes that matter most to them and this is added to funds raised externally on the Crowdfunder platform.
Jude Brooks, UK Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Aviva, said: “We know that even the smallest charities can have a massive impact in building stronger communities. We are extremely proud to support Routes to Roots and look forward to enabling them to bring their idea to life.”