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The Roddam Charity

History of the Charity: In 1893 Miss Roddam started The Newport and District Nursing Association with two cottage nurses "to help people help themselves and not depend on charity". Subscriptions were 2/- or 3/- per annum rising to 4/6 in 1921. Miss Roddam purchased 127 High Street prior to 1902 as a nurses' home. This subsequently became a nursing home and after 1930 became a fee paying maternity home. With the introduction of the National Health Service, the last meeting of this Association was held in July 1948 as it could no longer function and the home was closed and sold.     

In 1931 Miss Mary Selina Roddam died. She left £6,000 and the premises in the High Street to the Newport and District Nursing Association.

In 1952 the Charity Commissioners set up the Mary Selina Roddam Aid in Sickness Fund which held the money raised by the sale of the premises in the High Street. The Newport (Salop) and District Nursing Association held the £6,000 left in the will of Miss Roddam. Both these charities were for the benefit of sick poor persons in Newport, Chetwynd, Church Aston, Chetwynd Aston, Woodcote, Edgmond, Longford and Forton.

In 1986 the above two charities were administered and managed together as The Roddam Charity and makes grants to Institutions and also to individuals who are resident in the TF10 postcode area including the parishes of Newport, Chetwynd, Church Aston, Chetwynd Aston, Woodcote, Edgmond, Longford and Forton

Recent grants given by the Charity have included Marie Curie Cancer Care, Newport Safer Scheme, Lingen Davies Appeal, Severn Hospice, Local Schools and Holidays for the Disabled

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Contact: Linda Murray, Secretary Tel: (01952 812442)    bougheyroddamha@outlook.com

Purpose of the Charity: The Roddam Charity uses its funds to provide relief in cases of need for people resident within the TF10 postcode area (including Newport and neighbouring parishes). Such people may be sick, convalescent, disabled, handicapped or infirm. Help may be provided by paying for items, services or facilities which are calculated to alleviate suffering or assist with recovery where help is not readily available from other sources. However grants cannot be made for the relief of taxes or other public funds.

Grants have been given by the charity to support the Newport Safer Scheme, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Severn Hospice, Local Schools, Holidays for the Disabled. Grants have also been made to individual local people.