Our nominated charity for 2017 is HeartSWell South West
HeartSWell South West is a registered charity committed to supporting heart patients, their partners and carers across the Westcountry.
The tremendous efforts of volunteers and supporters has raised well over a million and a half pounds. This has enabled them to provide equipment such as defibrillators and TOE probes, funding for specialist counsellors at Derriford Hospital in particular, and the Region in general.
The completion of HeartSWell Lodge in Plymouth was a major milestone in their history.
Our charity for the last year was Mesothelioma UK, an asbestos cancer charity. Many of our former local dockyard workers have been affected by Mesothelioma. We presented them with a cheque for over £1000 on May Day after dancing at sunrise on Plymouth Hoe..
Over the last 10 years Plymouth Morris Men have made donations totalling over £6000 to a variety of local and National Charities.
The main ones are listed below.
2011 - Total £876.75
£700 - St Luke's Hospice - presented to them at our 42nd Annual Ceilidh on 28th January 2012.
£25 - Donkey sanctuary
£151.75 - Paid to RNLI & the Horse & Groom's charity
2012 - Total £226.24
£100 - Given to Scouts at King John towards a new Lawn Mower
£126.64 - Given to Billy at The Dolphin for his nominated charities on New Year's day
2013 - Total £458
£50 - Motor Neuron Disease Association
£408 - Heart Beat
2014 - Total £602.50
£500 - Devon Freewheelers - presented to them at our 45th Annual Ceilidh on Saturday 28th February 2015
£25 - Given to Billy at The Dolphin for his nominated charities on New Year's day
£12.50 - Hugs for Henry
£20 - Nepal Appeal
£45 - Paid to the RNLI & the Horse & Groom's charity
2015 - Total £250 Devon Freewheelers
2001 - £500.00 to the Meningitis Trust.
2002 - £225.00 to Cancer Research UK.
(The money was collected during a memorial tour for Dennis Sharman, a former member of Plymouth Morris Men who died in December 2001.)
2003 - £670.00 to the Mustard Tree Cancer Support Unit at Derriford Hospital.
John Summerscales also raised £600.00 for The Meningitis Trust by having his head shaved. John had a close shave with meningitis in May 2000 and considers himself lucky to be with us today!
2004 - £1000.00 for St. Luke's Hospice. (£500.00 matched by South West Trains)
2005 - £95.00 for the Indonesian tsunami appeal.
2007 - £300.00 Care & Repair Home Improvement Agency.
2008 - £130.00 Macmillan Nurses at Derriford Hospital, and £300.00 St. Austell Brewery Charitable Trust who make donations to individuals and organisations from Cornwall, Devon and Somerset.
2009 - £133.00 Macmillan Nurses at Derriford Hospital, and £500.00 to The Chestnut Appeal, promoting prostate cancer awareness. see http://chestnutappeal.org.uk/chestnut_appeal_news_story.php
On Sunday 21st March 2010 members of Plymouth Morris Men danced their way around the Plymouth Mile course for Sport Relief. We raised over £900!
On 7th July 2011 we presented another cheque to the Chestnut Appeal for £700, raised during our 2010 season, bringing our total to £1200 for the 2 years we collected on their behalf.