Rotary Shakespeare Marathon and Half Marathon

SUNDAY, 26th April 2020

Start time – 9.00 am

Over 40 groups and charities helped us at the 2019 Marathon, some of them are listed below. Thanks to you, they are able to continue their work. On behalf of them all, thanks for making our event…

More than a Marathon

Brownies introduces girls to a world of new opportunities, challenges and fun.Girls go along to camps, holidays, day trips and sleepovers. They get together with their friends at regular meetings where they learn new hobbies, get creative, explore other cultures and have outdoor adventures. Funds from the Marathon provide camps and equipment for our group.

We provide Day Care to clients suffering with Dementia, and allow respite for their carers. Through the donations we receive from people and local companies we provide the day to day running of the Day Centre and the purchase of any activities equipment we use with the clients. We have a “Future Premises Fund” for which we hope in the future to be able to fund our own premises for Day Care instead of hiring as we presently have to, and donations from the Marathon will help us with this.

Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 7 million people who take injustice personally. We are campaigning for a world where human rights are enjoyed by all. Funds from the Marathon have allowed Stratford Amnesty to donate to Welcome Here (a voluntary group which is providing support to Syrian refugees who are living in Stratford-upon-Avon) and to Amnesty International UK, which fights abuses of human rights throughout the world.


The Bowling club in Stratford on Avon was established in 1924 and is situated on the Recreation Ground on the bank of the River Avon. Our club is used as a communications centre for the Marathon. We recently needed to purchase a new mower, which was essential to maintain the high standard of our Bowling Green and the contribution from the Marathon for the use of the club has helped us purchase the mower, and for that we are very grateful.

Girls take what they do in guiding with them as they grow up. They develop the skills and confidence that they need to reach their potential – as students, colleagues, parents, friends and citizens – and become the young women that they want to be.

Stratford-upon-Avon Boat Club is friendly club that encourages people of all ages and abilities to row, as a high-performance sport or just for fun. The Club provides female runners with showers and facilities for the Marathon and the contribution received has gone towards subsidising Club fees for those in the community who would not be able to join the Club without such a subsidy, and also towards equipment for junior rowers.

We are currently supporting 2,400 projects all across the UK. The projects we fund help children facing a range of disadvantages for example poverty and deprivation; children who have been the victims of abuse or neglect or disabled young people. Thank you for taking part in the Marathon and for supporting our charity.

Children’s Liver Disease Foundation is fighting childhood liver disease by providing information, emotional support, research funds and a voice for all affected. Thank you for your donation.

We worked for the Marathon by unpacking every single medal you earned, and we created packs for the Water Stations to collect all of your used water bottles. At the Workshop we provide work based activities which are designed with sensitivity to meet the needs of adults who have autism or learning disabilities. Work based activities can include light assembly work, collecting and sorting recyclables, producing items for sale and retail through local markets. We provide opportunities to achieve personal goals and ambitions, and we provide support to develop work, life and social skills.

Fab Fest is a 2 day festival of Live Music, local crafts, drum workshops, escape arts and community radio station Welcombe Radio. It’s focused on LIVE MUSIC for local musicians and gives young people the opportunity to play on stage in front of a crowd. The Fortunes are four talented young musicians who met at school and have only played at school and a few school fetes. Fab Fest gave them the opportunity to enhance their performance skills to the public, plus other young talents who hopped onto the “Youth Stage”. Bo Davies sets up his drums for children to participate in his amazing drum workshop. This is a great way for children to pick up an instrument maybe for the first time and just have a go for fun!

Generating growth for African children and communities devastated by HIV-AIDS and poverty, through the goodwill of people in the UK and elsewhere. With this donation, you are helping to educate over 50 children for a month, working in partnership with First Step Right School in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. The issues of poverty and HIV/AIDS persist and the need for an education has never been as important as it is here. The school has its fair share of daily obstacles but despite this they continue to deliver quality education to over 100 pupils. They keep class sizes small (under 25), to ensure quality and attention to the children. This contrasts greatly to other local schools where class sizes can be well above 40, which further exacerbates a child’s inability to learn and develop.

Foundations for Life: Promoting the love of lifelong learning, creating successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens. At Ilmington C of E School, we aim to provide an environment which is vibrant, joyful and challenging. We have high expectations of all within our school and provide appropriate support and ‘stretch’ for our children, enabling each to achieve to his or her full potential. Members of the PTA were litter collectors for the Marathon, picking up all of the water bottles and litter from the event, the money raised from this goes towards school projects.

Inner Wheel is an all female organisation whose objectives are to promote true friendship, to encourage the ideals of personal service and to foster international understanding. We provide the refreshments in the Marquee at the finish area of the Marathon and the money donated will form part of our donations to Comic Relief UK and Stratford Samaritans.


In 2015, around 380,000 people died of meningitis and it is estimated that over 1 million survived who now have to live with the after effects, such as limb loss or brain injury. Our vision is of a world free from meningitis and septicaemia. Your donation will help us to train new befrienders this winter, allowing more people affected by meningitis to connect and support one another, and to provide home visits which provide personal support, especially to people who have been recently affected. Thank you for your donation.


At Myton, we believe that everyone matters for every single moment of their life and that treating patients with dignity and respect is more important than meeting targets. We passionately believe that the final part of someone’s life is as important as the beginning. The Marathon donation will enable us to continue providing the best possible care and support for our patients and their loved ones.

We’re the Parkinson’s charity that drives better care, treatments and quality of life. Because we’re here, no one has to face Parkinson’s alone.

Round Table is just one of a family of organisations, giving back to their community and providing the chance to try something new.

Together we all stand for fun and friendship, service in our communities and unique and everlasting friendships which have no borders.

SaltMalawi is a UK registered charity working to relieve poverty and suffering, to enhance education and to advance the Christian faith. Our primary role at the present time is to support the mission of Julian and Caroline Lott and their team in Malawi. We do this in many ways, of which financial support to ensure transparency and accountability of use of gifts received is just one. We offer practical support in a number of areas, e.g. fundraising for the variety of projects in the field and the development of sustainable farming. We also provide spiritual cover for the team as they face daily challenges of working in these bush villages, and we involve a wider group of churches and other supporters in this important aspect of our work.

Welcome to a different kind of adventure. We’re helping to launch local young people for life today. Transforming them into confident resilient young people who thrive in a complex world whatever they want to do when they leave school. We provide the Bag Drop for the Marathon and help on the information table and your donation is going towards raising funds for a new boat to enable us to give more young people the opportunity to learn seamanship.

Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization. We have 1.30 million members in more than 45,000 clubs in more than 206 countries and geographic areas. Lions have a dynamic history. Founded in 1917, we are best known for fighting blindness, but we also volunteer for many different kinds of community projects – including caring for the environment, feeding the hungry and aiding seniors and the disabled.

The Lions motto is “We Serve”.  As part of a global service network we do whatever we can to help those in need locally, nationally and internationally. Lions enjoy a good social life.  We enjoy each other’s company and arrange many social events.

Membership of a Soroptimist club provides opportunities to meet like-minded women with a broad spectrum of professional knowledge and expertise, together with friendship and fun with purpose.  We work with other SI Clubs by raising global issues affecting women and children in particular and by lobbying for the disadvantaged.

TARANTARA is an auditioned mixed choir comprising over 60 enthusiastic members whose aim is to enjoy themselves singing and performing to the highest standard. We are regularly invited to perform at venues across Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire, and have also performed in Wales, Cornwall, Yorkshire and Tyne and Wear.  In 2015 the choir was invited to provide the finale concert at the Oviedo Music Festival in Northern Spain which was met with a standing ovation. The choir’s performances have raised well over £100,000 helping charities and communities raise money for good causes.

The WildlifeTrusts has worked for more than 50 years to protect wildlife and wild places and to educate, influence and inspire people about nature conservation. Our team marshalled at the Marathon and funds will go towards maintaining our 65 local reserves and funding our conservation projects – 53% of our species are in decline including the Dormouse and we are currently running a reintroduction to woodland scheme as seen on the BBC’s ‘Spring Watch’.