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/-
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
- to help those who are sick, convalescent, disabled, handicapped or infirm
- by providing or paying for items, services or facilities (not readily available to them from other sources) which will relieve the suffering or assist the recovery of such persons
- no part of the income is given in relief of rates, taxes or other public funds
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