Fantastic start for 2017 Stratford Cafés

15 Jun 2017
By Clare Ereira
Despite unpredictable weather and a couple of showers, spirits weren’t dampened for the first Stratford café of the year on Sunday 4th June. 
The usual delicious offerings and an impressive selection of books and plants, and the generous donation of the reading room rental from a local resident, resulted in a staggering profit of £355.There have been only 2 other months in the last two years when we have exceeded that figure, so obviously enthusiasm for these events remains high! We managed to seat 50 people which was a bit of a squeeze but as usual there was a lovely atmosphere in the Reading Room with a real feeling of community spirit despite the grey skies.
Our chosen charity for June’s café was Wiltshire Air Ambulance which provides a hugely valuable emergency helicopter service for Wiltshire and the surrounding areas. Charlotte Mortimer was at the café representing the charity, which is supported solely through donations and receives no government funding. She told me just how expensive the service is to run, costing £3.25 million per year to keep going. That works out to £8904 per day to keep the helicopters flying and pay for the pilots and paramedics who do this important work. 

Their main fundraising focus at the moment, in addition to the normal running costs, is to fund a new Airbase which will house both helicopters and charity fundraisers. This is necessary as the leases on their two current centres will expire shortly, making them homeless. They are already well on the way to raising the necessary money, but need all the help they can get.

Of course, our donation is only a drop in the ocean, so it is vital that as many people as possible support the charity through regular donations. To find out more about donating or fundraising, go to their website at or call the charity team on 01380 739453

We look forward to seeing you at the next café, which will be held on Sunday 2nd July in aid of The Rose Gale Trust. Come along for great cakes, coffee (or tea) and chat. It’s also a great opportunity to pick up some new books!