Rebecca has lived in Great Wolford for 38 years and has been working for Shipston Home Nursing since its conception. The reason for her becoming involved was due to a strong friendship with Penny Birtwell. Rebecca and Jo Mitchell worked on a voluntary basis for the first 4 years. With the ever increasing demands of the fundraising aspect, the Trustees made the decision to employ a full time fundraiser. Rebecca filled that role and has been working as Fundraising Co-ordinator ever since.
2017 Collection box review
The community gives generously through our collection boxes
Every year, our dear leader, Rebecca, summons a report on the collection boxes and, with every year, the subject becomes increasingly exhausted: what else can one write about a plastic box of coins?
2017 heralded the removal from circulation of all the old £1 coins and there was a moment of panic when no-one seemed to know if the banks would still exchange them after October 31st. It was also highly likely that these coins, lurking in sofas, trousers and car footwells, would probably end up in charity boxes after this date, and this has certainly proved to be the case. Fortunately, the banks will still accept them but, unfortunately, there are few banks left and those that remain have adopted a peculiar policy of only taking £20 at a time. Thankfully, we have a number of excellent local retailers who’ll exchange coins and we increasingly rely on them as an informal banking service.
This works well, or, at least did so until the local “market” became flooded with coinage when my brother had the same idea with £4,000’s worth from the November Poppy Appeal!
On a positive note, the boxes continue to provide a useful and constant income stream and, as always, I’m eternally grateful to my helpers, Louise Sewell, Fudge Ramsay, Ian McConnel and Jo Sweby for checking and emptying these. Above all, it’s the outlets and retailers who deserve greatest thanks: without them, none of it would be possible.
The grand total raised for the year is £2174.
2016 Collection Box review
Trying to present an eye-catching piece on Charity collection boxes is like writing an essay on what a pea tastes of. Difficult. Equally awkward is what people think of trying to say when I’m introduced as “He who looks after the collection boxes”. There’s really not many scintillating facts which can be raised on the subject.
“Trickiest incident?”…..Dealing with a box full of coppers and ancient beer slops – the chemical reaction converts it into varnish, requiring a hammer to sort out.
“Most tedious aspect?”…..Opening a box filled to capacity with coppers only and immediately knowing the result – £14.50. It’s always this amount. Worse still, knowing that one will be sorting some of the exact same pennies a year hence.
“Worst incident?”……Leaving my un- handbraked car to roll into a wooden bench at The Howard Arms. Cost of bench:- £300. Amount in collection box:- £3.30.
“Most laughable occasion?”…..Being given a bread basket full of unwanted coppers collected over two years by The Royal Oak, Whatcote: the over-loaded basket split open in the very dark car park. Mayhem!
Irritating that these seem, I am ever mindful of the real chore it can be for all the kind retailers who hold boxes for us all year round: they take up valuable counter space, have to be guarded, are awkward to clean around and are sometimes just in the way. Yet our shop-keepers, publicans and others never complain. They are the ones, without whom, the continued success of the boxes would end. Compared with their inconvenience, the occasional mishaps that visit the collectors – Fudge Ramsay, Jo Sweby, Ian McConnel and myself pale into insignificance.
A huge thank you to Percy and his team, for their time and enormous support throughout the year, dealing with counting the cash and raising the most amazing total of £1,915 from all the Collection Boxes in our local businesses. Well done and many thanks to everyone who kindly houses our boxes and helps raise funds..