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We want our grant giving to provide transformational change to the lives of those most in need and we are extremely proud of the charities with whom we partner to help us achieve this goal. These organisations have been carefully selected and possess the operational expertise and resources to better assess the need and tangible benefit of our grants. Our partnerships are intended to be long lasting and, as we add to these partnerships in the coming years, we expect to be able to reach out and help many more individuals and families in need.

Grants have been provided to the following Charity Partners in the last 6 months :

Vicky's Skydive

Congratulations to our Charity Relationship Manager, Vicky, who completed a 15,000 ft tandem skydive at the weekend.  There were a number of people jumping for various charities at the event which took place at Old Sarum Airfield.  Vicky's chosen charity was Cancer Research and she raised £2K and had an amazing experience! Well done Vicky we're all really proud of you.

Allsorts - Celebrating 10 Years of Fun!

Happy 10th anniversary to our partner in Gloucestershire, Allsorts.  This wonderful charity works with disabled children and their families, some of whom have life-limiting conditions and over the last 10 years they have supported more than 1,000 families with a programme of activities ranging from sports to youth clubs.  Most recently they opened a specialist toy library and play space which is proving extremely popular.  We were pleased to be able to award £8K towards a hoist system and some new sensory toys for the library facility. 

Here’s to the next 10 years and we wish them luck with their ambition to increase their reach by 2023 to be able to help an additional 300 children!

The Lake District Calvert Trust

The Lake District Calvert Trust revealed that it has now passed the £1M mark in its fundraising efforts to create a unique and ground breaking rehabilitation centre for people with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI).  The centre will open in late 2019 and will be the UK's first intensive ABI rehab facility, offering traditional clinical therapies alongside physical activity in the outdoors.  We were pleased to pledge £50K to help them on their fundraising way!

Blyth Star

We were delighted to hear that our Northumberland based partner, Blyth Star, had been recognised by a leading international authority for the tremendous work they do with people suffering mental health issues.

Arne Thomasseen, a Norway based senior clinical manager and published scholar, who’s research in collaboration with social work and mental health specialist, Tore Dag BØe, is highly regarded across Europe, visited Blyth and praised the quality of the services and sheltered work environments they provide. See full article at https://newscastnortheast.co.uk/international-mental-health-expert-praises-work-of-blyth-based-charity/

Carol's Walk for Parkinsons UK

In 2007 our Accounts Manager, Carol, was diagnosed with the progressive neurological condition, Parkinson’s disease.  Since then she has had to contend with and has overcome many hardships in her life including reduced mobility which prevents her from taking part in all the sporting activities she enjoyed prior to her diagnosis.  When Carol signed up for the 2.5 mile Walk for Parkinsons at Welford Park, Newbury we were all really proud of her as we know that for her this length of walk is a real challenge and is the equivalent of us undertaking a marathon!  It took incredible effort and determination by Carol to do this.

Sadly, there is currently no cure for Parkinson’s and fundraising activities such as these are vital for funding the research needed to find a cure.  With our match funding Carol raised £3,520 for Parkinsons UK.

Well done Carol from all of us! 

 

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