Joint Crowdfunder For The Prout Bridge Project & Broadwindsor PTA

Jo and Dani have made the mad decision to take on the challenge of the Bantham Swoosh. 6km (3.75 miles) down a river in Devon on 16th July 2022.

Now, they love swimming outside and you‘ll often find them on a local beach however, 6km of swimming is an awful long way in what will still be pretty cold water. Before signing up to this swim the furthest neither of them had swum outside is about 1km so they are having to work hard for 6km to be achievable. They will whole heartedly appreciate any money you can give to help get them over the finish line. All money raised on their Crowdfunding page will be split between The Prout Bridge Project in Beaminster and Broadwindsor School PTA.

Broadwindsor PTA are currently raising money to go towards new outdoor play equipment that will be used by all of the children throughout the school.

The Prout Bridge Project is a small local charity that makes a big difference by delivering youth work, community activities and mental health support to people in West Dorset. Money raised will go towards supporting young people’s mental health and well-being in one-to-one and group sessions. The need for this is huge and they currently have a waiting list. They are fundraising to grow their team so they can help more young people who are struggling.

Please support both these worthy organisations & donate HERE. Thank you!


Congratulations Rev. Jo, Dani & Jo!

These lovely, brave, some may say crazy ladies confronted the New Year’s Day elements and undertook their planned swim at Lyme Regis beach earlier today.

When the event was planned early in December, our Rev. Jo Neary, Dani from The Wobbly Cottage and Jo Robins launched a GoFundMe page to raise money for the Prout Bridge Project.  (You can learn more about the Prout Bridge project in the initial post HERE.)

At the time of publishing they have over doubled their goal of £300 and their total currently stands at £670. What marvellous news.

Well done ladies!

You can still donate HERE!


New Year’s Day Prout Bridge Project Sea Swim

Our Rev Jo, Dani from The Wobbly Cottage and Jo Robins are doing a New Year’s Day Sea Swim raising funds for the Prout Bridge Project. The time is still tbc but they are swimming at Lyme Regis off the town beach.

They have just launched a GoFundMe page and at the time of publishing, they have just

Jo Robins created the page stating: Dani, Jo R and Rev Jo will be putting on their bobble hats and braving the New Year’s Day sea for a sponsored swim to raise money for the Prout Bridge Project. Please support us in this slightly mad endeavour if you can – every donation will make a real difference to the work of the Prout Bridge Project in Beaminster, West Dorset. Supporting mental health and wellbeing in young people and adults and providing youth clubs, youth work support and activities for children and young people, if you’re not familiar with the charity – please read more below.

Photographic evidence will be provided. If the conditions are dangerous on 1st January, they will do the swim as soon as is safe after that date.

Please support them & donate HERE!

Prout Bridge ProjrctThe Prout Bridge Project. The charity provides youth work and clubs for children and young people and mental health and wellbeing support and affordable activities for people of all ages in rural West Dorset, operating from the small town of Beaminster.
Our area is beautiful and lots of  people come here for their holidays. But it can be a tough place to live for many households with low wages, high housing costs, limited public transport and rural isolation leading to relatively high levels of poverty and social deprivation and poor mental health. Our team of qualified and highly-experienced staff and volunteers are trusted in our community, having built strong relationships over many years. We have an excellent reputation for the positive impact we have, empowering young people, improving mental health for people of all ages and providing affordable activities and opportunities. In the past year we have worked with over 500 young people and adults and provided support around issues including anxiety and depression, abuse, addiction, bullying, relationship, family breakdown and sexual health.”

Why are they fundraising?
Like so many organisations Covid-19 has hit us hard and 2020 has been tough. We’ve lost our income from room hire, activities and our cafe. Understandably some of our supporters have had to cancel or reduce donations. And, most challenging, we lost our base in March when the Prout Bridge building in Beaminster was requisitioned by the County Council as part of their emergency coronavirus planning. At the same time the need for our services is greater than ever. The impact of Covid and lockdown measures on  people’s lives and mental health has been devastating. 
We’re determined to keep supporting young people and adults in our community at this challenging time. We’ve been  adapting our services throughout the lockdown. At the moment we offer:

  • Youth worker team outreach in the town on Tuesday and Friday nights talking with young people, listening to their fears and providing information and advice.
  • Targeted one-to-one youth work sessions with young people in need.
  • A free to use counselling service for people of all ages staffed by 4 counsellors.
  • A weekly resilience course for one secure bubble of young people not currently in school run by two youth workers.
  • A youth band for one secure bubble of young people one night a week supported by two youth workers.
  • Support to the food bank and co-working with other services including the police, local schools, Dorset Family Partnership Zone, and specialist local charities like the Space and the Shores.

We know there is a need for so much more. And we can continue to provide these services and more if we can keep raising enough money to cover our running costs.

Please support them & donate HERE!