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Latest grants awarded by the Adnams Charity – October 2014

By Rebecca Abrahall, also posted in News on

The Trustees of the Adnams Charity met on 16 October 2014 to award grants to 24 worthy causes within 25 miles of Southwold.   For details about the lucky recipients and the grants awarded please read on. Benhall St Mary’s Primary School is a small primary school with 83 children aged between 4 and 11 years.  The Trustees awarded a grant of £219.58 towards the cost of various items of sports clothing and a kit bag. Ellingham Primary School has 80 pupils. The Trustees awarded a grant of £954 to purchase a timber spider’s web. Breakout (Norfolk & Suffolk) provides alternative education in the form of practical workshops for young people aged 14-16 years of age. For many reasons the students struggle to attend mainstream school on a full-time basis and usually attend Breakout for one or two sessions a week. The Trustees awarded a grant of £678.35 to purchase various tools and equipment. Alpington & Bergh Apton CEVA Primary School has 100 pupils aged between 4 and 11. A new hall is currently being built and the Trustees awarded a grant of £450 to purchase a laptop for use in the hall. Thurlton Pre-School provides care for 25 children aged between 2 and 4 years. The Trustees awarded a grant of £500 towards the cost of installing artificial grass on the outside play area so that it can be used all year round. Lowestoft Minibus for the Blind provides affordable transport for the clubs for the blind and severely sight-impaired to take their members to and from various activities that can help to improve the quality of life of people who may otherwise become isolated. The Trustees awarded a grant of £2,500, the shortfall needed to purchase a new minibus. Adult & Community Services (Mid Suffolk District Council) look after a lady from the Adnams Charity catchment area who has had an above-knee amputation, has memory loss and lives alone. At present the lady spends 24 hours a day in bed as she does not have a supportive armchair in which she can be left unsupervised. The Trustees awarded a grant of up to £2,179 to purchase a Kirton Delta chair. Adult & Community Services (Mid Suffolk District Council) look after a lady from the Adnams Charity catchment area who has a learning disability, is hard of hearing, has limited speech and reduced mobility. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,015 to purchase a riser/recliner armchair to improve posture and reduce pressure sores. Survivors in Transition (SiT) works with male and female adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, violence and exploitation in Suffolk. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,850 to help pay for outreach and counselling services for 17 individuals from within the Adnams Charity catchment area. Christian Care Counselling Centre (4Cs) offers low-cost counselling to people over the age of 18 from Lowestoft and the surrounding area. 4Cs is run by a team of 4 professionally qualified counsellors each working voluntarily 1 day a week. Although this is a Christian organisation, issues of faith are only discussed at the client’s request; the service is open to all regardless of religious beliefs. The Trustees awarded a grant of £544.90 to purchase a laptop, printer and mobile phone to enable the service to operate more effectively and efficiently. Cancer Campaign in Suffolk provides free complementary therapies, help and advice to people with cancer. The Trustees awarded a grant of £500 towards the cost of therapy sessions for individuals from within the Adnams Charity catchment area. Catalyst Counselling (CC) is a CIC which provides affordable, high-quality counselling and psychotherapy to people living in the Lowestoft, Waveney and Great Yarmouth areas. CC offers open-ended psychodynamic counselling, time-limited counselling, an employee assistance programme, couples counselling and training for professionals. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,000 to subsidise the cost of counselling sessions for individuals on low incomes. HighTide Festival Theatre (HFT) is a national charity which aims to create new theatrical work, developing new playwrights, in and for Suffolk and the Eastern region. From 10 - 19 September 2015 HFT will hold its annual festival in Aldeburgh. This will include four new plays and other ancillary work. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,000 towards the cost of venue hire for the Festival. Jubilee Opera provides opportunities for children in the local community to perform in public with professional musicians, conductors and directors in opera, music theatre and choral works.  Productions are aimed at children who have little or no opportunity for this kind of activity. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,000 towards the cost of training the children, the cost of the rehearsal pianist and the hire of rehearsal space. Music in our Bones is a not-for-profit organisation which offers accessible, affordable harmony singing opportunities to groups of people who often lack these chances due to disability, age, finance or lack of confidence.  Tuition is provided by experienced practitioners. The Trustees awarded a grant £1,000 towards the cost of 11 singing workshops for isolated family carers and their partners and for older people with physical disabilities or mental health issues. SS Stars Cheerleading Club is a small cheerleading club based at Ormiston Denes High School in Lowestoft.  It has 15 members aged between 8 and 18.  The club trains twice a week and takes part in competitions across the country.  The Trustees awarded a grant of £816 to purchase 12 competition uniforms. Bredfield Jubilee Meadow and Orchard is managed by a small committee and maintained by a group of enthusiastic volunteers.  A small orchard of over 30 traditional fruit and nut trees has been planted, sponsored by local residents. The meadow is open to all and is increasingly used by local residents and families.  The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,000 towards the cost of a wooden shelter to be used by visitors to the site. Bedfield and Monk Soham Sports Club manages a four-acre playing field containing a pavilion/club house/sport changing rooms and an all-weather tennis court. The pavilion is widely used by villagers - as well as being used by the football and tennis clubs it is used as an outreach Post Office on a Tuesday morning, operates a book lending service and coffee club and is hired out for private parties. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,000 towards the cost of new kitchen facilities Spexhall Village Hall is used for community and church events and also hired out to individual groups and private parties. The Trustees awarded a grant of £425 to pay for roller blinds in the hall and kitchen. Badingham Bowls Club has 22 members aged between 29 and 73.  Membership is open to all and costs £20 per season.  The club is run and maintained by volunteers. The Trustees awarded a grant of £417.68 to pay for materials to replace the clubhouse roof. Ashfield cum Thorpe Community Council runs the village hall for the benefit of the village. It is very well used for a wide variety of social events. The Trustees awarded a grant of £950.50 to purchase new kitchen units. Burlingham Cottage Gardeners Association (BCGA) was set up in 2009 to bring together the two parts of North Burlingham, a village split in two by a large area of woodland. There was no communal place for villagers to meet so BCGA purchased a marquee which is used on a regular basis. The Trustees awarded a grant of £684.99 to purchase a composting toilet, to be sited on the village green and used at village events. 1st Brooke & Porlingland Scout Group has 80 Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorer Scouts with a waiting list of people wanting to join.  The Scout Group has a sixty-year-old Den in Brooke.  The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,000 towards the cost of foundation slabs and fittings for a wooden storage building. The extra storage facility will mean that three rooms in the Den can be cleared to release space enabling more children to join. Debach Village Meeting is seeking a grant towards the cost of materials to build a bus shelter/BBQ area/bandstand to be sited on the village green.  Most of the funding for the structure has already been raised and it will be built by volunteers. The Trustees awarded a grant of £330 to make up the funding shortfall.

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