Wonderful Studland Ladies raise more than a smile as lockdown fundraisers

With many conventional charity activities cancelled due to Covid, the Wonderful Studland Ladies, a group of women based in or near Studland have spent the last six months raising an impressive £15,000 for local good causes.

What started off as an idea in January 2021 to fill their time during the bleak winter months, has skyrocketed into a major fundraising operation with a different charity benefiting each month.

Pop up cake stall

Tailored to meet the latest Covid rules

Activities have been tailored to meet the latest Covid rules, so it started with individually walking the equivalent distance to Egypt and back, continued with litter picking and letter writing, then developed into pop up events like selling cakes and a table top sale.

Local charities that have received a share of the cash so far include Margaret Green Animal Rescue, Forest Holme Hospice, Dorset Mind and #Willdoes.

Bric a Brac stall
Jam stall

Fundraising in June for Dorset Search and Rescue

This June, the Wonderful Studland Ladies (WSL) are fundraising for the organisation, Dorset Search and Rescue, a team of highly trained volunteers who work alongside Dorset Police, HM Coastguard and other emergency services in the search, rescue or recovery of missing persons. The team is on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and is made up of 89 operational and 18 support members, all of whom are volunteers.

To raise funds for this good cause, the WSL has organised a cricket match in Studland on Sunday 20th June 2021 and are tempting people to purchase their takeaway tasty afternoon teas, made up of four sandwich triangles, a slice of cake of your choice, and a scone with jam and clotted cream – only £8 or £15 for two!

Wonderful Studland Ladies

“Grown into something quite special”

One of the WSL members and Studland resident, Lynn Elliott said:

“What started as something to do during lockdown has grown into something quite special. The main person who started it all off is Aggie Szabo – she’s great.

“Back in January, she asked us all to pick charities and we’ve been fundraising for a different one each month. We’re all amazed by how much we’ve been able to raise!”

Cricket match poster

“Receiving donations from within our community is fantastic”

Dorset Search and Rescue unit leader Charlotte Paull said:

“Having the support of local groups such as the Wonderful Studland Ladies is so important to us, as they’re raising money that allows us to continue saving lives in Dorset.

“We’re local people helping local people, so receiving donations from within our community is fantastic and we welcome any business, group or individual who wishes to raise funds for the charity – it really does help us to save lives.”

Further information

  • The charity cricket match takes place from 2 pm on Sunday 20th June 2021 at the Studland Cricket Field by kind permission of Studland Bay House.
  • Donations can be made to the Wonderful Studland Ladies’ charity for June, Dorset Search and Rescue via their fundraising website

Share this story

Contact us

Do you have anything to add to this story?

We like to keep everything up-to-date, so if you know more, please help us by getting in touch.

Community comments

Top stories

Local man dies in car crash on road near Kingston village Dorset Police are appealing for witnesses after a driver in his 20s died at the scene when his car left the road and ended up in a field. 1 week ago Residents fear for future of Studland wildlife meadow 1 month ago Swanage businesses forced to temporarily close due to Covid 3 weeks ago Aled Jones and BBC’s Songs of Praise to film in Swanage 3 weeks ago Aled Jones in Swanage for filming of BBC’s Songs of Praise 5 days ago

Most recent

Plans to create a Purbeck ‘New Forest’ take shape Cattle, ponies and pigs are to be allowed to freely roam across an extended area of heathland between Stoborough, Corfe Castle and Arne. 5 hours ago Visitors and residents join forces in Swanage to tackle beach litter 1 day ago Simon and Garfunkel tribute act returns to Swanage 2 days ago Swanage Lifeboat goes to the aid of midnight swimmer 3 days ago Swanage Sailing Club is booming – meet the brave beginners! 3 days ago