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Aurora Wellbeing Centres, a cancer charity, has received initial support* from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a project exploring heritage and health, it was announced today. The project aims to return heritage to the Old Library and Museum in Worksop for the first time since 1983.
Development funding of £131,300 has been awarded to help Aurora progress their plans to apply for a full grant at a later date.
This project will create new ways for the people of Worksop and users of the Aurora Wellbeing Centre to engage with the heritage of this 1938 Grade II listed, purpose-built library and museum (the latter closed in the 1980s). The project will renovate this architecturally important building, create new interpretations and return heritage objects and heritage activities to this valued community building.
The project will:
• Renovate, conserve and restore a significant heritage building creating a multi-purpose centre
• Create a new space within the centre for the people of Worksop to celebrate their heritage including physical displays and an innovative virtual museum to tell the stories of the Old Library and Museum .
• Develop heritage activity, volunteer programmes and partnerships to significantly broaden opportunities for engagement with local people and users of the centre.
• Develop innovative work exploring heritage and health.
The restoration, repair and conservation of the locally valued Old Library and Museum building will make a significant impact on the conserved heritage of Worksop, ensuring its use for future generations. The Old Library and Museum was designed in a Moderne style, using Art Deco and Classical elements, by J. Haslam, a local architect. The interior was neatly divided between the museum to the east and library to the west.
The development of Britain’s library service owes a lot to Worksop Library. It opened years before the introduction of the 1850 Public Libraries Act which first gave the power to establish free public libraries. During the First World War, books were distributed to branches by the librarian on his motorcycle because of a shortage of petrol. This scheme proved successful and was used in the rest of the county. In 1928, the library became the Worksop Library and Museum but in 1932, it had to close because of flood damage. A purpose-built new museum and library opened in 1938, which is the building that this project focuses on.
The museum closed in 1983, and the building finally closed as a library in 2010, when the council began to seek a new purpose for the building. Aurora moved into the building in 2012.
Chris Wanless, the charity’s chairman, said: “We’re delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has given us this support. The Wellbeing Centre has given the town a central hub for the community, working in partnership with the Local Council, College, Library and heritage partners to provide a wide range of services. Whilst our central commitment remains to support people undergoing their Cancer journey, our location in Worksop allows us to provide a wider range of services and interact and interface with other vital aspects of community, such as heritage and connections to heritage, to improve wellbeing for all.”
Debra Fores, manager of the centre, said, “Our services and the daily work of the centre rely heavily on the efforts of our vital local volunteers. Without their efforts, we would not be able to offer the breadth of services we currently provide. The money we have now secured from the Heritage Lottery Fund is crucial to our longer term vision to remain a key service for the locality of Bassetlaw, providing innovative and supportive services to the community. It will allow both the heritage and charitable work of Aurora to grow alongside each other productively and go from strength to strength.”
Last summer we honoured to be chosen as the charity for Doncaster Dragon Boat Event.
We are so grateful to receive a tremendous £6177 from The Rotary Club of Doncaster St Georges.
This year you may enter and choose which charity your team would like to benefit from the sponorship you raise.
The event is on 9th July and you can contact John Day on 01302 788464 for more information.
Here is Jackie Simpkin & Ken Weight - Aurora trustees receiving the monies from Doncaster St. George's Rotary Club
100 ladies attended the first ever fundraising lunch for Aurora Wellbeing Centres last
Thursday and raised £1,300 for the local cancer charity. All the ladies enjoyed afternoon tea at Rossington Hall, Doncaster, receiving a welcome drink from local solicitors Atherton
During the course of the afternoon, Dean Learoyd serenaded the ballroom with his beautifully soft and strong voice and top stylist Tina Gill showcased local boutique Venezia Designs current collection. In addition to the beautiful clothes Tina demonstrated how you could use one item of clothing in a variety of ways. Taking clothing through from day into evening attire.
Lynne Rothwell, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of the charity said: “It’s always so humbling to see people gathered together to support the charity, raising such a brilliant amount of money. We are so grateful for the support of these ladies who today have made a huge difference to the lives of local people living with cancer we care and support each year”
The ladies who attended the lunch raised money to help men and women affected by cancer and also their carer’s. Anyone with a cancer diagnosis receives a free package of support, holistic & beauty treatments and wellbeing programmes, to help raise their self-esteem and confidence.
The lovely staff at Beaverbrooks chose Aurora to benefit from the Beaverbrooks charitable trust. Here is the manager Jules and her lovely staff Emma, Alison, Josh and Dom presenting us a cheque for £1000. We are honoured that you all chose our charity to benefit from your 2015 allocation
Crown Hotel Doncaster Business Cup
We were honoured last weekend to be one of the chosen charities for this years Crown Hotel Bawtry Doncaster Business Cup. The cup is in its 5th year and the organisers decided to invite all the chairties back once again to mark this milestone year.
Congratulations to the overall winners Team Moirae who this year beat Team Van Steen 2-1. We would like to thank everyone involved in such a fantastic day raising money for local chairites and in doing so helping us to continue to provide help and support to local people living with cancer.
Visit Bawtry Polo Cup
We had a record attendance for the 2015 Visit Bawtry Polo Cup. With the Robinsons marquee growing again in size! Another brilliant day and massive congratulations to The Vanilla Rooms who won this year's trophy. We are pleased to announce the raffle winners are
1. Nick Bennett - Champagne Hamper - CLAIMED
2. Zoe - Bottle of Champagne - CLAIMED
3. Nick Bennett - Bottle of Champagne CLAIMED
4. Andrew Bevan -
Now to start planning next year!!
Care to Run Results
Thank you to everyone who attended this years Care To Run. We hope everyone enjoyed the day as much as we did. We would like to thank everyone at Doncaster Athletics Track for their continued support of our charity, in particular Kev Lincoln. We just couldn't do it without you!!
We are hoping to put a provisional date in the diary for next year and have plans to make it bigger and better!! Congratulations to everyone for your fantastic time and support to helping us to contine to support local people living with cancer. If you still have sponsor money to hand in you can do this at any of our centres. If you want to speak us you can email Emma on firstname.lastname@example.org ro 07447 414051
This year we are once again holding our annual fun run to support local people with a cancer diagnosis. The run is from Doncaster Athletics Track 10am on 4th July and we really hope that you will come along on the day. You can enter online with the following link and you can collect sponsors by requesting an official sponsor form or setting up a BT MyDonate and choosing Aurora as your charity.
This is Sienna today she is walking from her home (Kirk Sandall) to Conisborough. She is hoping to raise £200 to sponsor a scene in this years fasion show, it was all her own idea and we're all so proud of her.
Sienna's mum Karen is in the show, all the models have suffered from cancer and are such an inspiration. Supporting a great charity to help support others with a cancer diagnosis and showing they won't be held down by this disease. Each year they create a fabulous show raising money to put the show on with profits coming to Aurora. This years show is 14th & 15th May and you can get your tickets from any centre.
Sienna were so proud of you..!! Well Done
Race Night Success
Atherton Godfrey have been huge supporters of Aurora for over two years so we were over the moon just after Christmas when Jodie Cook, Associate at Atherton Godfrey came to us to set a Race night up. The evening was a huge success and we raised a fantastic £1028 bringing the total money raised to a staggering £10800.73. They have agreed to continue to support us which we are over the moon about and are hoping to take part in this years Dragon Boat race and in June will hold a will writing month which they will donate the proceeds of to Aurora to contact them call 01302 320621
Gary Gee from the stunning Rossington Hall presented us with £3000 from an auction he won at Eastside awards last year. The prize was kindly donated by Doncaster Racecourse, Ziniz of Bawtry and The Crown Hotel (pictured) We were lucky enough to have a look around the gorgeous Hall and it is truly beautiful. Thank you to Gary and his team for having us and for the amazing contribution to help us continue to help local people suffering with the effects of cancer
Winners Win Christmas On Us - 24th December 2014
Mr and Mrs Smith were thrilled to win this years annual raffle. They won everything they need to have a fabulous Christmas Day for the price of a raffle ticket!! The prize included.. Turkey, Vegetables, fruit, Christmas tree, Wine, Lager, Champagne, Gateau, Centrepiece, Chocolate, presents and more!!! Congratulations on your win we hope you enjoy your prize and thank you for your support
Message from Aurora Wellbeing Centres new Chairman
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the new Aurora Chairman and thank our wonderful volunteers who work tirelessly to support the charity. I will be holding sessions across the organisation over the coming months which will give all volunteers the opportunity to meet with me and other Trustees.
I intend to send out regular Newsletters to keep people up to date with the charities developments and utilise the website to share regular updates and key messages.
The AGM is planned for 28 January 2015, 6pm at Mexborough and I hope to see staff and volunteers at the event.
I would like to send Seasons Greetings for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I look forward to seeing you all in the New Year.
For two years the fantastic staff at Atherton Godfrey have supported Aurora. This year has been no exception and in addition to attending many of our events this most recent donation from their Christmas raffle, takes the grand total to £9626..!!! An absolutely fabulous amount of money, which has enabled hundreds of local people suffering the effects of cancer to access our support free of charge.. on behalf of those local people thank you so much for your ongoing support.
Last year Worksop College held a Summer Ball and Aurora is very lucky to of been chosen as the charity for the event. The night was an amazing and a huge success. We are very grateful to all the staff, pupils and everyone involved in the night for raising the fantastic £5000 for our charity
For as many years as we can remember Neil and his very dedicated team at New Beginnings have organised a charity day in aid of Aurora. From sailing down DRI to boating round Hatfield marina they have done it all!! This year was no different and they organised a Carnival at Sandall Park. The day itself was a slightly soggy one but they still raised a brill £268.73!! New Beginnings on Balby Road, Doncaster is such an inspiring facility and we believe Doncaster is lucky to have it
Royal Bank of Scotland
Neil Smith of Royal Bank of Scotland, Doncaster held his first dinner dance last month and donated the proceeds between us and Doncaster Childrens Hospital. The event was a roaring success and great fun was had by all. Neil called into our Scot Lane centre for a coffee in SW1 our newly opened coffee shop and presented us with this cheque.. thank you Neil, you did great and sounded like you thoroughly enjoyed the event and organising it
Tickhill Riding Club
This August Tickhill Riding Club held their annual charity show. They raised £3100 and we are delighted to say chose Aurora as their charity for this years funds. Pictured are Jill Bradley (Aurora Macmillan hub) Derick Brookfield (club president) and Margaret Shaw (Committee member) Thank you for your donation
Halifax bank employees in Worksop once again supported Aurora at a race night last week. Raising over £2000 on the night it takes their total to over £7000 for 2014. Without their continued support we cannot continue to provide local people with a cancer diagnosis, free support when they need it most.... Thanks to Rebecca and her team
Christmas will come early
Christmas will come early for someone tomorrow night at the Aurora Comedy & Casino night at the Mount Pleasant Hotel. Thanks once again to Robinsons of Bawtry who have donated a fabulous Mulberry bag from the Bayswater collection. Many local people will who have a cancer diagnosis will be able to visit one of our centres free of charge thanks to his generosity.Our picture shows Laura and Russell presenting us the bag in the store, which you may find 2 South Parade, Bawtry
Doreen + Clare Rigby rasied £1800 for the Aurora Centres through making the unique Dammit Dolls
Doreen was diagnosed in January 2014 was given a Dammit Dole when she was attending Weston Park Hospital Sheffield. Doreen wanted to give something back to Aurora in thanks from the care she received.
Doreen heard about Aurora by looking at a leaflet whilst attending the Jasmin Centre at Doncaster Royal Hospital. Doreen daughter Clare works for Doncaster Bassetlaw Hospital.
Thanks to the tremendous donation 72, local people who have been diagnosed with cancer can visit the Aurora Centre free of charge. Aurora would like to thank Doreen and Clare for what they have done for us.
Movember - 28th October 2014
Last November Keith Brough & thirty co-workers from Doncaster cables raised a fantastic £1042 and donated 50% to Aurora Wellbeing
centres and 50% to Firefly during Movember!
Could you take part in Movember this year for Aurora? You could raise money online or contact us for a sponsor form. We would love to see before and after pictures too. Email your photos to email@example.com
& She Knows & Robinsons
For the third consecutive year shop & She Knows in Bawtry called on local ladies to donate old and unwanted bras for ‘bra bunting’ that was hoisted in the town over the weekend.
The boutique in The Courtyard, Bawtry, came up with the way to promote Breast Cancer Awareness month by stringing the unwanted bras together to create the bunting.
Boutique owner Emily Harbon said: “Lots of businesses in Bawtry really get behind this event and are kind enough to have our eye catching pink collection bins in their establishments.
“It gives ladies plenty of opportunity to donate their old and unwanted bras and make a very worthwhile contribution to this fantastic cause.”
Players from the Dons and Doncaster Rovers were on hand to assist this year, following in the footsteps of Cook Islands Rugby Team who helped while they were in town in 2013.
Rebecca Dickenson, chairwoman of Bawtry Retail Association, said: “We hoped that ladies from Bawtry and the surrounding area would take the opportunity to tidy out their underwear drawers and donate their bras that no longer fit or were just past their best to this amazing event, and they did.”
The bras from the bunting will now be donated to an overseas charity for ladies to wear or sell.
'South Yorkshire Times'
Fashion Show Extravaganza
This year we raised £17'500 at our annual fashion show extravaganza. We really appreciate the continuous support of Perry's, Wheatley Hall Road and the dedicated Aurora supporters involved in making this event a success year on year, helping us to share the Aurora love.. If you would like more information about Aurora's services or want to talk to us about holding an event please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to Alan Leonard who organised the recent Capitas Got Talent. He raised a massive £5,150 for Aurora Wellbeing Centres, this money will
help us to continue to support local cancer patients and their families. Thank you Alan we really appreciate all your hard work.
Alan has also confirmed he will be holding the event again next year on the 29th August... so please save the date x
Last year you may remember the following poem from Elaine, we’ve been in touch and not only has she sent us another poem, but she is in the process of writing a book about her cancer journey.You will be happy to hear that she is doing really well, Elaine says….‘I am doing really well nowthank you. It was a year yesterday since my double mastectomy and my scars have healed amazingly well. I am hoping to have a reconstruction next spring to complete my battle and finish 'on top'.I finished chemotherapy last July. Now I have a full head of hair. It has grown back thicker and a lovely texture. It is so healthy and shiny. I have lots more energy which I regained bit by bit by taking my German Shepherd for longer and longer walks each day. I have started line dancing again so I am getting lots of exercise now.It has been a long hard battle but I got there in the end. It has changed my outlook on life, I appreciate things more and I make more time for things I enjoy’
Below are a list of useful links;
Aurora Wellbeing Centres
Registered Charity 1166462
Tel: 03000 111 202