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Adnams Charity becomes The Adnams Community Trust

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Adnams Community Trust logoThe Adnams Charity, which was founded in 1990 to celebrate the company’s centenary, has been renamed the Adnams Community Trust. Adnams Community Trust supports worthwhile causes within a 25-mile radius of Southwold, the home of Adnams, through a grant system. The grants range from £100 to £2,500 and can be used for educational, health or social welfare, arts, recreation, community facilities or environmental and conservations purposes and projects. The Community Trust is funded by a percentage of Adnams annual profits, donations, legacies and mandated dividends. Since its formation, more than 1200 grants have been awarded totalling over £1.2 million. The Warren School in Oulton Broad received a grant of £1,000 in 2014At the end of 2014 the £1 million pound mark was met with a grant awarded to The Warren School in Oulton Broad. Its grant of £1,000 allowed the school to take 20 pupils of varying special needs to Snowdonia in North Wales for an outdoor activity week. Commenting on the activity week teacher Matt Clackett, from The Warren School, said, “The activity week – which included rock climbing, bushcraft and archery – offered many of the school’s pupils a once in a lifetime opportunity that they may never get again. Put simply, the only way this trip was possible was due to Adnams’ generous support and funding; without it, we really would be still at the planning stage. The Adnams Charity is a fantastic support to the local community and we would like to thank Adnams again for their funding...” Margaret-Oldham-M.B.E-(Shop-Mobility),-Lizzy-Cantwell-(Adnams-Community-Trust-Trustee)-&-Andy-Wood-(ACT-Trustee)Another one of the many local causes to have benefitted from a grant was Lowestoft Shop Mobility, which provides electric wheelchairs, scooters and manual wheelchairs for elderly people with mobility problems and to people with disabilities in the Lowestoft and Waveney area. The Trustees awarded a grant of £745 to purchase a Freerider Mayfair Scooter to be kept at Southwold Boating Lake during the summer months. Lowestoft Shopmobility Chairman Margaret Oldham M.B.E. commented, "Adnams has helped Lowestoft Shopmobility provide a service to people with mobility problems either living in or visiting Southwold. They have funded a brand new pavement scooter which people can use to get around the town. Working in partnership with David Ball at The Boating Lake, who houses the scooter in one of his beach huts, we are able to provide this service so that people can get around independently and enhance their visit or holiday experience to the town." Jonathan Adnams, Adnams Chairman and Trustee commented, “Adnams set up its charity in 1990 to celebrate the centenary of Adnams becoming a plc, giving 1% of profits to benefit local causes. Since then, the Adnams Charity has supported a whole range of groups and organisations all within a 25-mile radius of our brewery. Often the grants we award are just a few hundred pounds – yet they can make all the difference to the community they support. “Changing the name to the ‘Adnams Community Trust’ better reflects the support we give our local community. Only the name has changed, the overall purpose remains the same. The Adnams Community Trust will still be a charity registered with the Charity Commission, we look forward to supporting many more groups for years to come.”