This year two Magmen stepped forward with charities for the club to support through it’s various fund raising events. Due to the intense personal nature of each charity, we have taken the decision that this year all funds raised through charity events will be split between PAPYRUS and the Alzheimer’s society.
PAPYRUS is a charity which was set up little over 15 years ago, and works with young people who have ever thought of, or attempted, suicide. They also help the family and friends of those who attempted suicide, and for some cases sadly succeeded, come to terms with the big questions people evidently will have, such as “Why?”, “Was it my fault?” “Was there anything I could have done to stop it?” and most importantly, “What do I do next?”.
The Alzheimer’s Society provides support and information for people with dementia, as well as their families and carers. This is done through local branches, online and by telephone. In addition to providing this vital support network, the charity also uses money to help medical research into a cure, which is particularly important for the future as other medicines improve and we live longer and longer.
We have a club talent show organised with the UWLHC before Christmas, with other events in the pipeline including the annual Stratford Half Marathon, live lounge type events, participation in the Warwick Sport Naked Calendar and as ever the most exciting event of the year, our inter-club Charity Tournament which is open to all clubs in Warwick Sport.
Whilst supporting these two outstanding charities is ever at the forefront of our endeavours, the UWMHC are always looking to expand our work in the local community, supporting less privileged youngsters get access to the wide range of sporting fun that can be had. The Leamington Dolphins is a swimming club with a difference, as they provide weekly sessions for children with disabilities to get valuable time in a pool. They meet every Sunday night, and members of the UWMHC as well as the Ladies Club always try and get involved as volunteers to support the carers and help out.
The work done by both the Men’s and Ladies’ clubs in tandem is impressive every year, with this year proving no different so far, and is a chance for everyone to give something out to the community and support others around the world.