Which Charities Should We Support? Vote Today!

1 September 2017

We very much want to place Club Towers at the heart of the local Bedford community, and part of this will be our support of local and sporting charities. We plan to support two charities for a given period and all our fund raising events during that period will raise money for those two charities.

In August we asked our members to nominate the charities that they think we should support. Seven nominations have been received and these are listed below, with a little information about each.

We now invite our members to vote for the two charities they want us to support from the below list. Each adult member gets one vote.

To vote, simply drop us an email to [email protected], stating your two preferred charities. Voting closes at 11pm on 28th September.

Vote Today!


Autism Bedfordshire – supporting Bedfordshire adults and children with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome, and their families.

Autism Bedfordshire’s services help break down the barriers to social participation for people with autism and their families by providing places where they can go and feel comfortable, accepted and not judged by society. With the encouragement and support of specialist trained staff we help people with autism build their confidence, self-esteem, and social skills through taking part in social activities and mixing with other people.  Furthermore, we help them to develop practical skills and independence which will improve their prospects in life and help them be part of the community. Our aspirations are for them to have the same opportunities as people who are not on the spectrum, so that they can enjoy fulfilled and rewarding lives.


Bedford Open Door – providing free counselling / support services in Bedford for young people in need.

Bedford Open Door is a charity providing FREE and confidential counselling to young people. This counselling is provided by a team of fully trained, experienced and friendly volunteer counsellors, and provides young people with the opportunity to talk through any problems that may be worrying them. A wide range of problems is dealt with from lack of confidence or social skills through to very serious issues such as sexual abuse, self-harm, drug/alcohol abuse or depression/anxiety.


CRYCardiac Risk in the Young (CRY)

CRY raises awareness of SADS Sudden Adult Death Syndrome in local communities, provides medical information, and offers support to those who have suffered. One of the key aspects of CRY is to offer free screening for young people aged between 14-35, with the aim of detecting any defects that could lead to sudden collapse.


Elizabeth Curtis Riding School – providing opportunities for the disabled in Bedfordshire to relax, receive therapy and have fun through horse riding.

The Elisabeth Curtis Centre is a member of the national organisation; Riding for the Disabled Association and is a purpose built riding centre on the outskirts of Bedford, which caters solely for disabled riders. It has an indoor school, stabling for nine ponies, a tack room/office, toilets and a reception area, plus a number of fields around the Centre as grazing for the ponies, and there is the facility to ride outside.

The group of instructors are volunteers and the organisation receives no formal grants or funding money but is run entirely from riding fees, fund raising events and donations.


Kings Arms Project – tackling homelessness in Bedford by supporting people out of dependence and social exclusion.

The King’s Arms Project, has supported thousands of people out of homelessness in Bedford since 1989. They are passionate about helping the most disadvantaged in our society by restoring dignity and self-worth to the homeless which encourages responsibility and choice. Their aim is to break the poverty-cycle and reliance on the benefits system, and move clients into becoming contributing members of their local communities, free from social exclusion.

They support over 600 beneficiaries each year through their holistic services including; a 14-bed Hostel, an 18-bed Nightshelter, three Move-on Houses, a Rough Sleeper Outreach Service, Refugee Support, Pathways to Employment Training, Courses for independent living and employment, and weekly free hot meals.


Squash Squared – youth enrichment programme for economically disadvantaged students in London improving educational achievement through squash.

Squash Squared is the first programme of its kind in the UK, and is based upon the successful urban squash model founded in the US. The program focuses on improving classroom achievement, learning a new sporting skill and building strong moral character.

Its vision is driven by the increasing research based evidence that active children have higher school achievement and improved social outcomes. A 2016 study revealed that children taking part in organised physical activities are almost one and a half times more likely to reach a higher than expected level in their Key Stage 2 (KS2) maths test at age 11.


Wooden Spoon Society – has a mission to positively transform the lives of disabled children and young people through the power of rugby.

Wooden Spoon is the children’s charity of rugby. From sensory rooms, specialist playgrounds and sports activity areas to respite, medical and community care, they fund around 70 projects each year that support disadvantaged and disabled children. Since its founding in 1983, they have distributed in excess of £24 million, helping over 1 million young people.