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  Fund Raising 2014  

Richards Castle Soap Box Derby was started in 2004 by Humprey Salwey and has raised
over £50,000 for mainly local charities. For 2014 we will be focused on the following:

  Marches Family network  

Marches Family network is a small local charity which provides play opportunities to disabled children and their brothers and sisters in Herefordshire. It also provides help and advice and a friendly ear to the whole family through family support groups. In these ways it helps around 300 local families each year in sessions held in Leominster, Hereford and Ross.

All of the play activities are supported by dedicated and trained play staff who help the young people to get the very best out of all the sessions in a safe and stimulating environment. Most of the children helped need such a high level of support they are unable to participate in these opportunities in a mainstream environment. This makes the service offered incredibly important.

The play activities offered include both those for quieter children who enjoy music therapy sessions and craft sessions and those suitable for the more active-these groups might go off in a minibus to a farm, have a picnic, go swimming, or have a session of archery etc.
The days are planned to accommodate all the children.

For more information go to
or contact them on 01568 614908.

  Ludlow and Tenbury Carers Groups    

Everywhere in our communities are unseen heroes. These “Heroes” care for others. Carers may be young or old and they may be caring for parents, children, siblings or their partners.  The care they give may be short term such as for the duration of an illness, or it may be life long, as with the parent of a disabled child. Whatever the circumstances it can be a demanding and isolating role.
The Ludlow and Tenbury Carers groups aim to support carers whatever their age and whatever their needs. Sometimes this support may be by providing information on benefits and grants available, sometimes it may be in providing “respite” care or “sitting” for a couple of hours each week so that the carer can attend a meeting or sometimes it may be arranging an event to give the carer time to meet up with others in similar situations.


Ludlow Carers Group meets on the third Thursday every month at the Red Cross Centre in Smithfield Road Ludlow from 2.00pm-4.00pm. Everyone is welcome – either to join in with the talks and activities or just to seek information. The GP Link worker for Shropshire Carers is Gill Eades and she works out of the Portcullis Surgery in town. For further information or help just ask for Gill at the Portcullis surgery reception or ring 01584 872939.


Tenbury Carers Group is part of the Worcestershire Carers Action, which is made up of three groups covering different types of caring – Worcestershire Carers Association, Crossroads Care Worcestershire and Worcestershire Parent and Carers Community. The Carers Group offers support to any one in the community caring for someone else as a result of bereavement, illness or addiction.

A key activity at present is supporting those affected by dementia. The group is currently offering training courses on dementia,  not only to those affected by the illness, but also to those who work with individuals with the condition or to those who may be in a position to recognise it in others and offer help. Their website is

The Tenbury Carers support group meets on the second Tuesday of every month in Tenbury library between 1.30pm and 3.30pm. Further information is available by emailing “” or by visiting Tenbury Surgery in Teme Street and asking to be put in touch with Chrissy from the local group. They can be contacted on 01584 810343.



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