Charity marks successful year of fundraising

Savannah Hobbs, with the cheque and members and family of the Swivel Club
Savannah Hobbs, with the cheque and members and family of the Swivel Club

A charity has celebrated raising thousands of pounds over the last year to help a number of local good causes.

The Rushden and Higham Ferrers-based Swivel Club has held several events to raise cash for campaigns.

The year started with a fundraiser which raised £3,000 to help buy equipment for seven-year-old Grace Moverley, from Raunds, who was born with an acute condition which caused her heart to be upside down and on the wrong side of her body. She’s gone through revolutionary life-saving surgery to try to make her heart function normally.

A total of £1,000 was raised at a fundraiser in conjunction with Rowan Gate school in Wellingborough to fund refurbishments at the school’s sensory room.

One of the biggest fundraising events ever held by the club was for Rushden teenager Savannah Hobbs, who has tumours on her brain and spine. She needs specialised treatment and the Swivel Club, alongside Santa Pod Raceway, raised £10,000 for her fund.

The charity raised cash for Rushden kick boxer Jo Redman, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, to travel to Canada to defend her world title. A total of £1,000 was also raised at an event for the Crazy Hats Breast Cancer Appeal.

Club spokesman Louise Stewart said: “Although it was a very successful fundraising year, it was also a sad year for the Swivel Club itself as we lost club trustee Robbie Willment. Robbie passed away on April 28 and has been greatly missed by everyone involved.”

Smaller donations were made to help local people with disabilities to buy equipment. Higham FC and Higham Colts received match balls and high-visiblity clothing and torches were donated to the Neighbourhood Watch.