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Community Chest and Charity


The 18th Community Chest Awards were held at the Crown Hotel, Blandford Forum in October 2018.  Since it was established in 2002, the Community Chest has now awarded more than £600,000 to help local groups and organisations.  The panel of judges consisted of Fiona Dart, editor of the Blackmore Vale Magazine; Grant Robson from the Dorset Community Foundation; independent judges Colin Brady and Marilyn Barber together with Mark Woodhouse, Lucinda Gray and Andy Wing who represented Hall & Woodhouse.

Family Director Mark Woodhouse welcomed the award winners and guests, who included Lord Lieutenant Angus Campbell, and High Sheriff of Dorset Philip Warr plus other local civic leaders, explaining that the company’s purpose was to “make people’s day, enriching our communities from generation to generation”.

156 applications were received for grants totalling over £305,000.  From these 21 lucky organisations were selected to receive a share of £24,825 with grants ranging from £300 to £3,000.  The smaller amounts were each requested by Club 21 in Poole to buy a small shed and to Shaftesbury & District Carers for gardening equipment.  The £3,000 was awarded to The Luccombe Hub based in Milton Abbas, which provides therapeutic alternative education for children and young people who are unable to access mainstream education due to a range of social and communication problems which can result in challenging behaviour.  The grant will buy laptops and equipment that will enable learners who struggle with motor skills, and therefore writing, to complete their project learning as well as use them for IT skill training.

CharityAmount of Award
Blackmore Vale RDA£1000
Blandford Fashion Museum£1615
Club 21 (People with Learning Disabilities, Poole)£300
Devon Freewheelers£1000
Dorset Mind£1500
Dorset Scrap Store£500
East Dorset Parkinsons Branch£500
Fernheath Play£1000
Friends of Milborne St Andrew First School£975
High Mead Farm£1500
Island Community Action£2500
The Luccombe Hub£3000
Poole Harbour Canoe Club – Riverside Wimborne£1000
Read Easy Bridport£420
Shaftesbury and District Carers Association£300
Shaftesbury District Girl Guiding£1000
SMILE Connect£1000
Spendable CIC£2557
Sturminster Newton Community Learning Centre£500
Yeovil Freewheelers EVS£1000