Category Archives: charity

24 Hour Yellow Submarine-stream-a-thon

Yellow Submarine
Oxfordshire learning disability charity Yellow Submarine, who do a lot of activities in Abingdon, is marking 100 days of lockdown by a 24-hour live-streaming marathon this Monday.

Staff member Jack has kept its members entertained, comforted, challenged and stimulated from day one, and now he’s going the extra mile by vowing to keep awake for 24 hours and keep the entertainment coming.

Throughout lockdown, Jack has hosted quizzes and talent shows, DJ’d discos, given fitness workouts, held cooking and art demos and more.

Yellow Submarine is hoping to raise £1000 over the 24 hours. Jack has promised to shave off his unruly hair and beard live on screen if the target is reached during the streaming.

Jack says, ‘But as well as a fundraiser, this is an opportunity to celebrate the strength, resilience and bravery of all of our members during this challenging time, they have done INCREDIBLY!’

Visit to help.

Christian Aid Week – Abingdon Quiz on Zoom

Thankyou to Mary for this …
Christian Aid Week
Christian Aid Week 10th – 16th May 2020: The current Covid-19 situation means that normal Christian Aid Week events across Abingdon, including the stall on the Market Place and House-to-House Collection, will not be happening.

There continues to be the urgent need for funds to enable Christian Aid to carry out its work with the some of the poorest people across the globe. The present pandemic is likely to create an even greater need for help. To contribute to appeals from Christian Aid you can make a donation via the Christian Aid Website (
Christian Aid Week
Meanwhile the Abingdon Christian Aid group have organised a quiz on Zoom on Saturday 16th May at 7.30pm. To take part, email as soon as possible. Nearer the time they will send you an invitation link, which you simply click on just before 7.30 on the night. There will be a break after about 40 minutes, then restart for the second half – about 90 minutes in total.

If you haven’t used Zoom before, they can give you a 1-to-1 practice session. It should be easy, and you don’t need to download anything. Suggested donation £5.

Community Larder Expand work and need help and money

Community Larder Expand work
At a time when the most vulnerable in our communities will need our support more than ever, SOFEA (South Oxfordshire Food and Education Alliance) is planning to expand its Community Larder network to provide free groceries to as many people as possible.

This means delivering hundreds of tonnes of packets and tins, as well as fresh fruit and vegetables to those who find themselves in need.

They plan to use their existing distribution network and expand it, so that they can offer food free to members of local communities.

To do this they need our support. They need able bodied healthy symptom free people to volunteer to help them with what will be a massive logistical exercise.

They have suspended membership fees to the Community Larder in order to ensure everyone who needs it can access free food. They have set up a Justgiving page and would welcome donations to help cover the cost of giving free membership. You can access this page through the link:

They had planned to start supplying people in Abingdon and have brought this forward and will be starting tomorrow (Friday 20th March).

Kennington Memory Club – 4 weeks to the Spring Sale

Kennington Memory Club
The Kennington Memory Club is a local day centre where people with a diagnosis of dementia can meet in a safe, friendly, supportive environment for company and interesting activities. Its members come from a wide area round Kennington ,including Abingdon, Cumnor, Steventon and Bayworth.

Activities are tailored as much as possible to members’ interests and skills but a typical day might be:
• Arrival & welcome
• Hot drink & biscuits
• Gentle chair exercises
• Games e.g. Skittles or Mini Golf
• Lunch
• Memory games e.g. Higher or Lower
• Hot drink & biscuits
• Music quiz including sing-a-longs
Sometimes guests come and run specific activities e.g. Pets as Therapy dog, or playing music.
Kennington Memory Club
In four weeks, when Spring is here, they have a Sale in St Nicolas Church, Abingdon. I will give a reminder nearer the date.

For information about the club, either volunteering or having a taster session, visit their website

Acacia UK shop to reopen – April 4th 2020

Acacia UK shop
After being boarded up following the fire in 2017, the Acacia UK shop, in Bath Street, Abingdon, has been rebuilt.
Acacia UK shop
There are large notices in the 4 windows.

1. The opening will be on Saturday April 4th.
2. They will be taking donations Tuesday-Thursday between 10th March and 1st April.
Acacia UK shop
3. A list of donations they would love to receive. ‘Please do not leave donations on the shop doorstep – this is what caused the fire!’

4. Thank you for all your support and donations …