The Bray Charitable Fund

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The Perceval Institute received a further boost to its Appeal this week from The Bray Charitable Trust. David and Beth Bray are pictured presenting their cheque for £500 to committee member Beth Elliott. The appeal launched on the 8th July is aiming to raise a total of £44000 to meet the cost of relocating the St Minver Post Office into a part of The Perceval Institute. Grants from the Post Office Community Fund of £24000 coupled with tremendous support from our own community have enabled the Appeal to reach £36000. The Institute Chairman Andrew Millington said:- “We have received such an uplift from the community with their kindness and promises. This presentation to the appeal by David and Beth from their Charitable Trust is another great boost to our efforts”. Further events planned are Double Comedy Bill by the Camhayle Theatre Group - Afternoon tea party 6th September - Coffee morning at Trebeth 4th October - Perceval Entertainers 27/28th October - Silent Auction 11th November - Christmas Bazaar 25th November. Other events will take place at Rock Social Club date tba - Fourways Inn Friday Quiz nights. Do follow us on which will show links to our giving site myDonate also how to support us for free when shopping online with over 2000 popular retailers by visiting easy fundraising.

Pictured left to right: Fred Bickham, David, Beth, Andrew Millington, Beth Elliott, Ted Rowe, Julia Treglown.

With thanks to a start-up grant from The Bray Charitable Fund, a new group to support those recovering from a stroke and their carers has been set up at Concern Wadebridge. The North Cornwall Stroke Support group was launched last month to enable those recovering from a stroke. With help from the Stroke Association and staff from Wadebridge Boots, the aim is to provide support to both carers and those recovering through activities and professional input which will benefit all attending. 

David Bray said: “When we heard that there were talks for this group forming, we were delighted, using our Charitable Fund, to help to get things started. 

Andy Lyle Manager of Concern Wadebridge commented that this is the local community coming together to support local people and the support given by The Bray Charitable Trust will help us develop a local group that will help both carers and those recovering from a stroke. 

Duncan Goodman, Area Manager from the Stroke Association in the South West said: “We’re incredibly thankful to The Bray Charitable Fund for their generosity". 

“As a newly formed group, the members will be able to shape the way it develops, which is really exciting. The support group will be a much-needed place for local stroke survivors and their families to come together and support each other". 

“There are over 1.2 million people in the UK living with the effects of stroke. Around one in four strokes occur in people under 65. Stroke is life-changing, but support groups, such as this new social group, can really make a difference to lives of stroke survivors. It’s hugely important that stroke survivors feel supported in their local community throughout their road to recovery". 

The group meets on the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month 2 – 3.30pm at The Betjeman Centre. 

To find out more either call into Boots or The Betjeman Centre or Phone 01208 812392.

David presenting a cheque from The Bray Charitable Fund to members of The Camel River Community Boatshed. The Boatshed was established in November 2015 and is based between Skinner’s Yard on Bradfords Quay and the Betjeman Centre in Wadebridge. The group exists to create a community around restoring and building boats for good causes. The emphasis is on companionship and mutual support through shared activity, sharing skills and fostering a sense of adventure. The current project is building a Highlander 12 wooden sailing dinghy from scratch. The group welcomes new members who may wish to share their skills, learn new ones or just come along to chat and share the workplace atmosphere.

Our photograph below shows David and Beth Bray, assisted by their daughter Mabyn, presenting a cheque for £500, from The Bray Charitable Fund, to Joe Skinner (Chapel Amble Cemetery Committee) and Reverend Peter Smith (Wadebridge Methodist Church). This money will help with the work of creating a disabled access at the cemetery.
On the 14th May 1894 a piece of land was purchased by a group of eight trustees. This plot of land, purchased for the sum of Twenty Five Pounds, is what we now know as Chapel Amble Methodist Cemetery. The Cemetery was originally looked after by the people at Amble Chapel. When this closed the responsibility passed to the Wadebridge Methodist Church. A new Cemetery Committee was formed in 2013. Various matters were discussed, including the idea of an improved access for disabled users, and preparations for the future, when voluntary labour for all the many maintenance tasks may not be available. 
It is hoped that the future of the cemetery will be in good hands, as it is appreciated by many people who use it for quiet reflection. The cemetery is maintained largely by volunteers. Unfortunately rising costs such as insurance, machinery and fuel have to be met and any contributions are most welcome.

David, hands over the cheque to Wendy Dalley, for the Memory Cafe.

 James and David at the Wadebridge Memory Cafe, presenting their cheque from The Bray Charitable Fund.

The summer of 2013 saw the 30th Anniversary of David Bray joining the family business. To mark this anniversary, we are now pleased to announce to formation of The Bray Charitable Fund.

David explained - "After reaching this anniversary, I wanted to mark it in some way, and I thought it would be good to start a fund which would benefit local organisations. I envisage it to be fairly small to start off with, but that it will hopefully grow as the years go by, raising money through different events, which will then be given to help benefit organisations and groups in our local community".

Should you wish to assist us in supporting the local community, please contact us. Quite often our donations are given without any publicity, but, if you feel that publicity would help the cause, we are happy to oblige.



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David pictured below presenting a cheque, in the sum of £500, from the Bray Charitable Fund, to members of Wadebridge Gateway Club, prior to the club's Halloween party.

 Wadebridge Gateway Club started over 30 years ago and has been going strong ever since. The club provides social and leisure activities for folks who are physically and mentally less able.

They meet fortnightly on a Wednesday between 7pm and 9pm in the Wadebridge Social Club. Club nights provide a great opportunity for everyone to socialise, have a drink or two and, if they wish, dance at the nightly disco. They try and celebrate people's birthdays with a small party on club nights, and also enjoy having bigger parties for Halloween and Christmas etc. which are held at local venues.

Throughout the year they try and have as many trips out as they can, making use of local charity mini-bus services. Over the years they have visited many interesting places and always manage to find somewhere for a very nice lunch.

For many years they used to have an annual holiday, when up to 25 members would go away for a few days, and they have visited many places including Chester, Torquay and Bournemouth. Sadly, due to many other commitments, they have been unable to do this of late, but hopefully it might happen again one day.

The club would not have been able to go on for as long as it has without the support of all of its helpers, and the many local businesses, who have also been there for them, and would like to take this opportunity to thank each and everyone of them.

For more information please ring David Farley on 01208 813637.