14 local charities have been awarded a share of over £34,000 at this year’s Barclays Champion Charities Awards, held at the St Pierre Park Hotel.
The event was hosted by Rob Moore of Channel TV who announced the amount each charity would receive. The decisions were made by the judging panel of Shaun Green, deputy editor of The Guernsey Press, Sue Markham managing director of GBG magazine, and from Barclays, Paul Woodland, head of local markets, Julia Church, head of Wealth Advisory, and Sharon Baudains.
£7,000 was awarded to the Amherst School PTA to provide a ‘Trim-Trail’ on the school’s infant playing field. The trail will be used for children with poor motor control and concentration so they have an outdoor activity during the ‘before school club.’
The Bailiwick of Guernsey Scouts Association has received £2,500 to help fund part of the refurbishment of a training facility. The money will be used to partition off the sloping ceiling to make the room more comfortable.
A numeracy initiative organised by Every Child Our Future will benefit from £3,200 to help purchase “Numicon homekits” which will be used by volunteers of the scheme whilst supporting children within the school environment but also allowing the children to take them home to encourage parental engagement.
£4,000 was given to the Friends of Saumarez Park Playground to help towards the funding of new playground equipment at Saumarez Park. This funding will help to build the central pirate ship area, the first phase of the project.
£4,000 was also awarded to the Admiral De Saumarez Trust for the Delancey Park regeneration project for the delivery of enhanced sporting facilities including changing rooms and toilets.
Guernsey Neuro Concern Society was awarded £2,075 to replace a number of old and outdated pieces of equipment including a wheelchair, contour gel cushions, bed tables and cotsides for beds.
The Guernsey Sailing Trust, which enables local children from all backgrounds to enjoy sailing in the island, received £1,500 to help replace buoyancy aids.
£2,000 was presented to Guernsey Welfare Service for its Guernsey food bank project. The money will be used to install a large walk-in cupboard which will serve as a central store for non-perishable goods awaiting distribution.
Funding for cameras and video cameras was given to Hampton Trust, a charity that helps to raise awareness and support those affected by domestic abuse. The £1380 will provide four video cameras and six cameras for photo stories that will be used in workshops for young people.
£800 will be given to the Guernsey Judo Association to purchase two “crash mats” for the special needs Judo project. These softer mats will help to build the children’s confidence in the initial classes and the mats will also be used in the beginners Judo classes.
The Guernsey branch of the National Autistic Society was awarded £800 to help fund information packs and books which will be given to parents of newly diagnosed children.
Options, the Guernsey Domestic Violence Forum, was given £800 to help purchase professional textbooks and workbooks for children and their parents as part of the charity’s resource library project.
Wigwam, a charity that provides support and advice to families that have a child with special needs, received £800 for two projects. The first was to supply equipment for the charity’s sensory sessions and family support social groups and the second to provide a year’s worth of new rackets for the “Racketball for all” scheme.
Young People Guernsey (YPG) was awarded £4,000 to help cover the cost of moving and re-building the entrance of ‘The Hub’, the location which the charity provides an information, advice and listening service for islanders aged 11 to 16 years old.
The Charities committee and awards judging panel originally looked to give away £30,000 but after reviewing the short-listed charity projects and initiatives, the amount increased to £34,855.
“We are thrilled to be able to offer funding to so many local charities”, said Mr Woodland.
“The awards this year have highlighted some fantastic local initiatives and many of these support Barclays key aims of developing life, financial and entrepreneurial skills in young people. The judging panel had a difficult job to decide the winners but we are looking forward to working with our chosen charities on their projects and we hope to make a real difference to their causes.”
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