“Stay at Home, Protect the NHS and Save Lives.” is a mantra we have all come to live by over the past few weeks. However, at Round Table we have always followed that of “Adopt, Adapt, Improve” and this is exactly what we did recently, by holding our first ever virtual AGM on Monday 6th April. Paul Bewley (Past Chairman) has had a fantastic year in office during which we raised an astonishing £18k from the annual Rudolph runs. Adding to this, a further £17k was raised from our bi-annual Charity Ball as well. Now, Glenn Williamson will be taking over as Chairman for this year and we are looking forward to another outstanding year of fun and fundraising.
Rudolph 2019 supported two main charities, Suffolk Blood Runners (SERVS) and Suffolk Accident Rescue Service (SARS). Along with funds raised from the Copdock Bike Show we were pleased to hear that SERVS have been able to buy a new bike and essential kit to carry out the crucial blood deliveries to hospitals in Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. SARS used their funds to buy crucial life-saving equipment needed during emergency callouts.
During the past year a further donation of £5k was also made to Robin Cancer Trust which will be used in raising awareness of testicular and ovarian germ cell cancers in people aged 16-35.
On the 29th February our Charity Ball was held at Kesgrave Hall in support of GeeWizz. GeeWizz is charity dedicated to helping children with life-threatening conditions. The night was a fantastic success and we are delighted to pass on £17k to the charity which will go towards helping many good causes including a disabled friendly playground at Thomas Wolsey Ormiston Academy.
Also, in this busy year Ipswich Greyfriars Round Table has become a registered charity in its own right which will allow us to support many more small local charities. If you are aware of a local cause that could benefit from our support, please make contact through our website or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to find out more about Ipswich Greyfriars Round Table (as we are always looking for new members) please check our website www.ipswichroundtable.co.uk. We focus on friendship and fellowship as well as raising money for outstanding causes. We know times are strange out there currently, but we are looking forward to this year being Rudolph’s 50th year in Ipswich.