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Latest grants awarded by the Adnams Charity - April 2016

By Rebecca Abrahall, also posted in News on

Charity LogoOn 29 April 2016 the Trustees of the Adnams Charity awarded grants totalling £19,638 to 19 worthy causes within 25 miles of Southwold.  For details about the lucky recipients and the grants awarded please read on. Prisoners’ Education Trust supports prisoners to engage in rehabilitation through learning, providing advice and guidance and enabling access to distance-learning courses. The Trustees awarded a grant of £2,125 to help five prisoners from Warren Hill and Hollesley Bay Prisons. Friends of Tivetshall School raises money to improve the opportunities of the 36 children at the school. The Trustees awarded a grant of £575 to purchase a heavy-duty picnic bench. East of England Apples & Orchard Project is an education and conservation charity which was set up to create a long-term future for local varieties of apple, plum, pear and cherry. The Trustees awarded a grant of £957 to pay for local varieties of fruit trees for twelve primary schools in east Suffolk. Friends of Saxmundham Primary School raises funds to purchase equipment and learning resources which the school would not otherwise be able to afford. The Trustees awarded a grant of £300 to purchase two gates for an outdoor learning area for Key Stage One. Wenhaston Primary School has 80 pupils. In May 2016 the 13 pupils in Class 4 will be going on a residential visit to Hilltop Outdoor Centre in Cromer. The Trustees awarded a grant of £100 towards the cost of one pupil’s participation in the trip. Lowestoft Shopmobility 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. Aid and Assist, based in Lowestoft, works with vulnerable adults with learning difficulties, ‘trainees’. Most of the trainees live in specialist residential care homes and all are in need of supervision. Aid and Assist offers them training and the chance to participate in shared activities in a safe environment.  The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,557 to pay for repairs and improvements to the trainees’ workroom. Inspire Suffolk runs a free 12-week programme called ‘Team’ to help people aged between 16 and 25 who are unemployed, suffering from mental health issues, living independently in supported accommodation or with a history of substance or alcohol abuse. The Trustees awarded a grant of £626.03 to purchase a projector and screen to be used to support learning and for presentations by participants in Lowestoft. East Coast Community Healthcare supports an individual from Kessingland in the late stages of Motor Neurone Disease. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,150 towards the cost of a modular wheelchair ramp so that the individual is able to go outside. Community Roots, run by Great Yarmouth and Waveney Mind, runs supported gardening sessions to help people with mental health problems or drug and alcohol issues. The sessions are open to all, removing any stigma associated with attending. Advice is also given on nutrition and health. The Trustees awarded a grant of £2,000 to improve the project’s kitchen. Seagull Lowestoft Community Interest Company is a community theatre in south Lowestoft run on a not-for-profit basis. A wide programme of events takes place throughout the year and it is also used by many community groups. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,300 to replace damaged carpets, repair damaged plaster and decorate. Saxmundham Sports Cricket Club has 40 members and aims to encourage people to participate in cricket; membership is open to all. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,000 towards the cost of a cricket roller. Suffolk Coastal Young People’s Project, based in Saxmundham, provides Saturday clubs and a summer club for young people with complex needs aged between 5 and 18. The clubs enable these children to engage and socialise with other children and also provide respite care for their families. The Trustees awarded a grant of £700 to pay costs associated with trips out for the children attending the Saturday clubs. 1st Halesworth Scouts has 78 members, male and female, aged between 6 and 25. The Scouts have four sections (Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers) and meet weekly during school terms. All four sections go on several camps a year. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,000 towards the cost of new cooking equipment and tents. Suffolk Scouts supports a County Water Activities team which arranges water-based activities open to any Scout, Explorer Scout or leader within the county. The Trustees awarded a grant of £638 towards the cost of participation in sailing weekends along the east coast and a sailing week from Weymouth to Falmouth for Scouts from within the Adnams Charity catchment area. Kirby Cane and Ellingham Parish Council is responsible for play equipment in the villages. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,932 to purchase a nest swing. Norton Athletic Football Club operates 3 teams in local leagues and has 60 members. In July 2015 the Trustees pledged a grant of £1,000 towards the cost of a hot-water system for the Club’s new pavilion, with the grant to be paid once funds for the building had been raised. This funding has now been secured and the Trustees were happy to send the donation of £1,000. Sutton Heath Parish Council serves the community’s 2,000 residents. The community comprises an army regiment, housing for military families and civilian-owned properties. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,000 towards the cost of a new kitchen for the community hall. Blythburgh Village Hall is well used by local residents for various clubs and activities – film club, art classes, dancing classes, dressmaking classes, parties and community events. The Trustees awarded a grant of £933 to purchase a new hob, oven, extractor fan and sink for the kitchen.