During his year in office which came to an end in May, Trowbridge Mayor for 2019/20 Councillor David Cavill supported as his chosen charity Southwick-based ruksak45218. The charity, spearheaded by Rory Donaldson and Lee Fletcher, aims to provide basic essentials for children and young people aged between 5 and 18, in order that they should be able to concentrate on their education, free from concerns and distractions over the lack of essential items, they should have, that others on occasion, take for granted.
The amount collected through various charity activities, including bag packs, quizzes, a daring skydive and the Annual Civic Dinner and Dance in March amounted to a magnificent £3879.66. Councillor Cavill said “On becoming Mayor I was pleased to discover a local charity which had identified a real need within our community. Ruksak is doing some wonderful work with disadvantaged young people and my sincere thanks go to all the individuals and groups which have been so generous in supporting it during my Mayoral Year.”
Rory Donaldson of ruksak45218 said “ruksak45218 have had an amazing year, with such fantastic support from the Mayor of Trowbridge, Trowbridge Town Council, Wiltshire Council, Selwood Housing, Trowbridge Lions, Trowbridge Future, BBC Wiltshire and other fantastic local organisations. Everything we have done this year is for the benefit of young persons in Wiltshire aged 5 to 18 – we are so grateful for the fund raising that has taken place: this will allow us to expand, enhance and grow our services to the young persons of Wiltshire, so that they can achieve their potential, aim higher and fulfil their dreams and aspirations” .