Fairbourne Holiday Fund

The Fairbourne Fund was created in 2005 following the sale of the Fairbourne bungalow and the net proceeds were invested. The bungalow itself had been transferred to the Rotary Club of Wellington from Oakengates Round Table in 1989.  It had been used to provide holidays for disadvantaged families. The Rotary Club of Wellington now uses the income from the investment to help provide holidays or days out for needy and vulnerable families or groups such as Young Carers.


Fairbourne 2016 was another excellent year in terms of numbers of groups and families supported. 11 groups had days out or activities while 38 families were involved plus two groups of families nominated by the Harry Johnson Trust.

Accounts for 2016 have recently been submitted to the Treasurer so the following figures await his approval. The budget target of £10000 based on approximately £4500 for groups and £5500 for families was exceeded by £349 as shown below; Groups – £4352.50; Families – £5996.50 TOTAL £10349.00

As always, Wellington Rotary Club is hugely grateful to Telford& Wrekin Social Services, local schools, Homestart and our own members who all put forward names of families for us to consider supporting.

The Fairbourne Committee has funds available for 2017 and will soon be requesting applications.  Keep a look out for more news. For more information follow this link to contact the Fairbourne Team.


2015 was the best year yet for the Fairbourne fund. More grants than ever were made, more families were involved and many more groups had days out. Furthermore, the total donated by the club through the fund was almost twice as much as the previous highest.

In total nine local groups including Brownies, Young Carers, the Gateway Club, Homestart and Club 2000 all enjoyed activities ranging from canal trips, picnics Chester Zoo to music making days and museum visits. More than £4000 was spent on these days. It was the first time the Fairbourne Committee specifically targeted groups and was very much appreciated.

A further £5000 was used to support family days out; 31 families were nominated by local organisations comprising 47 adults and 74 children. Many took advantage of coach trips organised by local firm Elcocks. This year the favourite destinations were Drayton Manor Park and West Midlands Safari Park. However, there was also a wider spread than previously with families going to such places as Warwick Castle, Gulliver’s Kingdom, Cadbury World, Llandudno, Blackpool and Harry Potter World. In addition, some families chose local days out to Wonderland, Hoo Farm, bowling, cinema, holiday clubs and learn to swim courses.


During the current Fairbourne year a range of days out, weekends and local activities have been provided for families and groups from Telford. A total of 22 grants were made to 19 families, totaling 36 adults and 43 children under 18, and three groups totaling 19 adults. The sponsors wereTelford & Wrekin Social Services, Schools, Homestart, Telford Visually Impaired group and Wellington Rotary Club members. Activities undertaken included days out to Drayton Manor Park, West Midlands Safari Park, Alton Towers and Chester Zoo; weekends at Legoland and Presthaven Sands Caravan Park; local activities such as ten pin bowling and cinema visits; family visits to Wallasey and Glasgow. The three group trips were to York and a canal trip for two visually impaired groups.

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