The Westminster Group Foundation is proud to support the work of Banbury based charity Dogs for Good.
The charity makes life-changing differences for people with disabilities through the power of expertly trained dogs supporting people with autism, physical disabilities, learning disabilities and dementia, empowering them to live more independent lives. Top priority during the Covid-19 pandemic is the health, safety and wellbeing of their staff, volunteers, clients and dogs including practical tips to help your dog cope with the many changes, whether it be a pet dog or an assistance dog. The charity is constantly reviewing safety protocols to protect everyone connected with the charity and came to Westminster Group for essential advice and support.
We are pleased to support the charity by offering practical advice to aid the return to work of some of the staff and the donation of personal protective equipment (PPE) including face shields, face masks and hand held thermometers.
In response to the donation Dogs for Good stated:
‘We are very grateful to the Westminster Group Foundation for the donated items enabling us to re-start our post-lockdown operations in a very steady and measured way.’
We will continue to work with them going forward and look forward to meeting some of the amazing dogs in the not too distant future.
In line with the government easing of the Covid-19 lockdown and the re-opening of places of worship, Westminster has installed walk through fever detectors and hand sanitiser stations at the Banbury Mosque.
The fever detector and hand sanitiser stations have been installed at the main entrances.
The mosque will have a phased opening, will be limiting the number of visitors to allow social distancing.
The mosque still awaits further guidance and clarity from the government for places of worship to re-open to the public.
The equipment will provide a sense of comfort to the Mosque and Community Fridge that Covid-19 preventive measures are in place to protect all those who attend.
The Banbury Mosque’s work with the Community Fridge project providing essential food items for those in need is something really special, especially during this difficult time. Their outreach into the local community is inspiring.
Volunteers with the Banbury Mosque and the community fridge have delivered more than 1,500 isolation food packs to vulnerable people in the community during the coronavirus pandemic.
Organisers on pack deliveries for people in self-isolation who are vulnerable and or over the age of 65.
A spokesperson for the mosque posted the following message on its Facebook page: “These systems will assist with the detection of those with a high temperature therefore protecting the health and wellbeing of our Masjid (Mosque) users.”
The Banbury Mosque is among several organisations commended with a letter of gratitude from the Oxfordshire representative of the Queen’s Office.
Westminster Foundation recently made a donation to the Sierra Leone Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary to assist with education support programmes in schools.
Sierra Leone’s chimpanzee population is rapidly declining and facing a serious risk of extinction, over the past 24 years the chimpanzee population has drastically reduced by more than 80% as a result of poaching (despite this being illegal), loss of habitat and habitat fragmentation due to human activities.
The Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary is working on many fronts to prevent the extinction, they do this by awareness education programmes in schools, producing and circulating posters with the chimpanzee’s new status as Sierra Leone’s national animal and that it is illegal to eat bushmeat
The Tacugama team target is to protect as much as possible the chimpanzee population in Sierra Leone and the rest of the biodiversity. But despite their efforts, baby orphan chimps keep arriving at the Sanctuary, unfortunately changes in attitude to the wildlife will not happen overnight.
The Westminster Group Foundation is a proud supporter of Katharine House Hospice based near Banbury in the UK and is continuing that support during these unprecedented times.
Katharine House Hospice provides specialist care service and have now expanded their facility to help support the NHS by providing staff and facilities during this COVID-19 crisis. The hospice has increased its 10 bedded in-patient unit to a maximum total of 26 beds to support the UK national coronavirus response and need in the community.
To support the hospice in this work the Westminster Group Foundation has donated personal protective equipment (PPE) including face shields, face masks and hand held thermometers.
Just after Ebola was declared over in Sierra Leone in November 2015, the proprietor of Sanaya Memorial Academy, situated at Robis in Lungi saw an urgent need to revive academic activities in that area.
Being the only secondary school in the Robis community, Mr. Malie Kamara and his team approached the Westminster Group Foundation by applying for assistance through Westminster Aviation Security Services at the Freetown International Airport.
The school was in dire need of additional structures, teachers, learning materials and school furniture to accommodate and cater for the growing number of school-going children in the community who had lost a whole school year as a result of the health crisis in the country at the time. The request/application for assistance was then forwarded by the then General Manager of WASS, Mr. John Drummond. Communication ensued between the Sanaya Memorial Secondary School administrative team and Mr. Alan Wolstencroft, who tirelessly mobilised resources through fundraising to help the school. A two-classroom building project was budgeted for and launched in 2017 through an agreement that the school must provide an initial 30% of the funding for the project. In what was supposed to be a two-classroom building, the school’s administration went the extra mile and pulled resources to extend the project to three classrooms. This greatly amazed and impressed the Westminster Group Foundation donours when they came to officially open the new building in April 2018.
Apart from commissioning the building on that day, several other donations were made to the school which include hundreds of stacking chairs, several dozens of desks, cabinets, football kits for the school’s soccer team and learning materials.
There are ongoing efforts to start a four-classroom building that will help the school start a one-shift school day instead of the current two shifts. The administration, pupils and the entire Robis community are extremely grateful for all the timely help that the Westminster Group Foundation has given to Sanaya Memorial School through Alan Wolstencroft and WASS.
On Thursday 11th May 2017 staff at Westminster Group plc held a coffee morning supporting Katharine House Hospices’ ‘Care for a Cuppa’ initiative.
Staff gathered for Tea, Coffee, Bacon & Sausage rolls, cakes, pastries & fruit, whilst supporting Katharine House with donations for their morning treats.
Through staff donations and Westminster Group Foundation matching this we were able to deliver a cheque for £200 to Katharine House, to add to their campaign. Westminster Group plc have supported Katharine House Hospice with various fundraising activities over the years including Fireworks displays, raffles, Christmas Card collections and we were very pleased to have the opportunity to do so again.
Thank you to all who came and to those who prepared the coffee morning.
As part of the ongoing initiative between Chacombe CEVA Primary Academy and Calvary School Lungi Sierra Leone the children of Chacombe sent 100 kit bags purchased with money raised from their weekly tuck shop. They filled the bags with exercise books, pencils, rulers and pencil sharpeners along with letters and pictures from each child.
The kit bags were split into age groups and handed out to the children of Calvary School who were over the moon with them and have sent letters and pictures back saying thank you for the lovely donations.
Some of the parents from Chacombe School as well as staff from Westminster Group donated clothes and shoes and these were all handed over to Calvary school to distribute to the children.
Calvary school is a Christian School with approximately 120 children. This number has grown recently due to generous donations and sponsorships from members of the Banbury Rotary Club paying for some of the children’s annual school fees. A mere £30 per child allows them to attend school for a whole year.
The recent Ebola crisis saw the schools closed for many months and even when they reopened numbers were greatly reduced due to parents not being able to afford the fees so seeing the numbers now climb to 120 is fantastic news.
Well done and thank you to the children of Chacombe School for their continued support.
On Monday 29th June Alan Wolstencroft Trustee of The Westminster Group Foundation and Joanna Fowler Director of Westminster Aviation Security Services visited Chacombe CEVA Primary Academy to give a short presentation to the children regarding the Calvary School in Lungi Sierra Leone. The presentation was to help the children understand the difficulties families face in schooling children in Sierra Leone, especially after the EBOLA crisis, and the differences between their lives and life in Sierra Leone.
Chacombe CEVA Primary School have very kindly chosen to support the school with funds raised by the children from school events and recently donated their old tables and chairs which were shipped out to Sierra Leone by The Westminster Group Foundation in June and taken to the Calvary School. This donation has improved conditions immeasurably and the children of Calvary School sent a video message to the children and teachers of Chacombe School expressing their gratitude for improving their school.
Chacombe school are now donating a kit bag for each child in the Calvary school and filling each bag with small items for the children, notebooks, pencils and an individual letter. They are also putting a collection box at the school for any second hand shoes, plimsolls and football boots to be donated to Calvary School.
Communications between the schools will continue via The Westminster Group Foundation so not only will this help the children in Sierra Leone but it will also benefit the pupils at Chacombe school and help them understand the differences in their cultures and living standards. The Calvary School has subsequently donated their old wooden benches and tables to a neighbouring school in Sierra Leone where the children had nothing at all to sit on.
Such a simple initiative that has improved two schools and means so much to so many and their gratitude was expressed in writing by their head teacher Abibatu.
“The staff and pupils of this school are very happy and grateful that the Lord is using you to help us and this community. This effort is a true demonstration of God’s love and care for the poor and needy. We would like to thank the Westminster Group Foundation and Chacombe School who in one way or the other had contributed to the development of this school.”
The Westminster Group Foundation would like to thank Chacombe CEVA Primary School for their kind donations and continued support to The Calvary School