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By Rebecca Abrahall, also posted in News on 19/11/18
On the 11 October 2018 the trustees of the Adnams Community Trust awarded grants to the following worthy causes within 25 miles of Southwold.
Pakefield Primary School has 146 pupils in its Phase 1 section. The trustees awarded a grant of £316.80 to purchase two scooters and two piggy-back trikes to enhance the outside play experience for children in the Nursery and Year 1.
Suffolk County Council’s Adult & Community Services care for a 72-year-old gentleman from Pakefield who suffers from numerous health issues. He lives in sheltered housing, is in receipt of benefits and, when at home, spends all his time sitting on his bed as he has no suitable seating. The trustees awarded a grant of £1,595 towards the cost of a riser-recliner chair to improve his quality of life.
Survivors in Transition is an Ipswich-based support centre for men and women over the age of 18 who experienced sexual abuse in their childhood. Support is given through one-to-one focused therapy and counselling, targeted group work, outreach, welfare visits, phone and online support, peer support and workshops. The trustees awarded a grant of £1,000 towards the cost of a support worker to operate outside Ipswich, initially in Woodbridge and Southwold.
Ilketshall St Andrew Parish Council is raising funds to purchase a defibrillator to be installed in a locked, heated cabinet on an outside wall of the village hall in this isolated, rural village. The trustees awarded a grant of £500 towards the cost of the defibrillator.
Westhall Parish Council has recently purchased a defibrillator, to be mounted in a heated cabinet on an outside wall of the village hall. Westhall is a rural village over 20 miles from the nearest Accident & Emergency Department so this equipment could be life-saving. The trustees awarded a grant of £502 to pay for the training of up to twelve villagers to use and maintain the defibrillator and for a spares package of consumable items including a battery and electrode pads.
Littlelifts provides ‘Comfort Boxes’ to women receiving chemotherapy treatment for primary breast cancer within Norfolk and Suffolk. The Comfort Boxes contain items designed to lift the spirit of patients and relieve some of the side effects of chemotherapy. The trustees awarded a grant of £1,300 to pay for 31 Comfort Boxes for women receiving treatment at the James Paget Hospital in the next year.
Suffolk County Council’s Home First Department provides help for people over the age of 18 with health issues which affect their ability to live independently. Support is given to enable individuals to regain previous levels of independence, delaying the need for long-term care. The Department is supporting a gentleman from Lowestoft who is unable to weight-bear on his right leg due to a long-standing health condition. The trustees awarded a grant of £1,003 towards the cost of a mobility chair with an accessible brake which will allow him to move around his home independently.
Musica aims to promote, maintain and advance creative education through participation in music to improve the self-esteem, well-being and life chances of disadvantaged people. The trustees awarded a grant of £575 to pay for one workshop for people with additional needs at Topcats in Lowestoft.
Leiston St Margaret’s Football Club has approximately 100 members in two men’s teams and one ladies’ team. Membership is open to all. The trustees awarded a grant of £1,395 towards the cost of new, portable goal posts.
Lowestoft Boccia Club operates from Water Lane Leisure Centre in Lowestoft to promote Boccia, a Paralympic ball sport that can be played by people of all abilities and disabilities. To challenge the players, they are being trained up to compete in regional league matches run by Boccia England. The trustees awarded a grant of £500 to pay for a qualified coach for 25 sessions to bring the players up to standard.
1st Leiston Scout Grouphas 34 Beavers, Cubs and Scouts who take part in a wide variety of outdoor activities such as camping, archery, shooting and fire lighting. Each section meets once a week at the Group’s Scout Hut. The trustees awarded a grant of £1,000 towards the cost of replacing the Scout Hut floor.
Bradwell Reading Room Trust is responsible for the Reading Room, one of the oldest buildings in the village. The building is currently used as a free lending library. It is open three days a week and is staffed by volunteers. The library is well used, particularly by elderly villagers and pupils from the three nearby schools. The trustees awarded a grant of £1,000 towards the cost of new night storage heaters.
Wenhaston Village Hall is very well used by numerous groups and clubs. It is also used as a venue for blood donation, polling, craft markets, educational courses and village events and houses a sub-Post Office. The trustees awarded a grant of £1,381 to refurbish the hall floor.