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Latest grants awarded by the Adnams Charity - October 2015

By Rebecca Abrahall, also posted in News on

Charity LogoOn 15 October 2015 the Trustees of the Adnams Charity awarded grants totalling £13,207 to 13 worthy causes within 25 miles of Southwold.   For details about the lucky recipients and the grants awarded please read on. Friends of Eyke Primary School is a parent-teacher association which raises funds to purchase additional resources for the school. The Trustees awarded a grant of £777.09 to buy materials and equipment for a new pond and nature area. Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club is working on a project to improve literacy within local schools by providing years 3 and 4 with Usborne Illustrated dictionaries.  The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,300 towards the cost of purchasing the books for 800 year 3 children in Great Yarmouth. St Edmunds Catholic Primary School has 100 pupils aged between 4 and 11. The school follows a Catholic ethos but has an open admissions policy. The Trustees awarded a grant of £500 to purchase non-fiction books for the school library. Ormiston Denes Academy in Lowestoft has 970 pupils with approximately 50% eligible to receive free school meals. The school does not currently have a PTA and raising extra funds from disadvantaged families is difficult. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,270 to purchase an outdoor table tennis table and an outdoor foosball table, for use by the younger children at the school during break time. Teacher Scientist Network is a science education charity based at the John Innes Centre. The charity works closely with science teachers in primary and secondary schools in Norfolk and north Suffolk.  For an annual fee of £100 members have access to high-quality resources facilitating hands-on science lessons; items which would be prohibitively expensive for individual schools to purchase. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,200 to pay the cost of annual membership for 12 schools from within our catchment area. Laxfield Pre-school caters for 25 children aged between 2 and 5 years. The pre-school is based in a purpose-built building in the grounds of Laxfield Primary School.  The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,000 towards the costs of improvements to the outside play area surface. Home-Start Suffolk: East Ipswich & Coastal aims to improve the life chances of children by developing their parent’s skills in parenting, social relationships and budgeting to make stronger, more cohesive families. Support is provided on a 1:1 basis by trained volunteers, managed by paid staff. Volunteers are carefully matched to their allocated family. The Trustees awarded a grant of £691.79 to purchase portable training equipment so that training can be provided in Leiston, Saxmundham, Beccles and Framlingham. Lighthouse Women’s Aid Service supports women and children at risk of domestic abuse in Suffolk. The service is based in Lowestoft but also covers Halesworth, Southwold and Bungay. The Trustees awarded a grant of £420 to purchase fireproof letterboxes to be installed over victims’ letterboxes to prevent people from gaining access or causing fires through unprotected letterboxes. Emmanuel Luncheon Club in Bungay is run by volunteers (all aged over 70) and meets in the Orange Hall in Bungay once every two weeks to provide a hot lunch for its 44 members.  Membership is open to anyone over the age of 65; transport is provided if needed.  The lunches provide an opportunity for the lonely to meet other people in a similar position. The Trustees awarded a grant of £221.94 to purchase padded seat cushions. Topcroft Cricket Club has 140 members including over 50 junior players.  The Club has 11 teams in total; this includes various junior teams (under 9s, 11s, 13s, and 15s), an over 40s team, a senior men’s team and a newly formed ladies’ team. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,519.11 to purchase a Kanon bowling machine and a bucket of balls. Tunstall Parish Council owns and maintains Tunstall Play Park. The Trustees awarded a grant of £1,457 to purchase a see-saw. Brockdish Village Hall was awarded a grant of £350 towards the cost of a defibrillator to be kept in a secure cabinet attached to the village hall and fitted with a key pad. Suffolk Punch Trust Ltd was established in 2002 to purchase the colony of stud Suffolk Horses (an endangered breed) and 183 acres of land and stables when it was sold by Hollesley Bay Prison. The site opened to the public in 2010 and now has Suffolk sheep, pigs, cattle and poultry, a visitors’ centre and a museum. The Trustees awarded a grant of £2,500 towards the cost of new fencing which will allow the Trust to divide some of the larger fields to better manage the grassland and allow the public closer access to the horses.            

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