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Hall & Woodhouse’s Community Chest donates more than £50,000 to support local causes

October 2020

Hall & Woodhouse, has awarded more than £50,000 to 35 local causes across the south through its 2020 Community Chest Awards.

The annual awards are an initiative created by Hall & Woodhouse back in 2002, with the ambition to improve both the facilities and the lives of people in the community, by providing grants to local voluntary groups and causes that require financial support.

Lucinda Gray, Company Relationship Manager & Next Generation Family Director of Hall & Woodhouse, said: “In a year of such challenge, we’re proud to be helping others make a difference to their communities. We understand and have heard first-hand from the charities, how necessary the grants are for the survival of these local causes.

“The donations are going to a real mix of charities across the south; from youth services to mental health support, to those that specialise in facilities for people with disabilities, to free computer access for those who need it most.”

The annual awards ceremony took place virtually this year and included an online beer and cheese tasting session led by Mark Woodhouse. All winners and judges received a ‘Dorset Dozen’ beer box, a selection of characterful and crafted Badger ales, along with the recommended selection of accompanying cheeses, so that guests could participate in the event online.

This year, Bridport & District Citizens Advice has been awarded £1,000. The charity provides free, independent and impartial advice to people in the Bridport district. The pandemic has meant that normal services are being challenged and most of the services are being delivered by volunteers working from their homes. The grant will be used towards volunteer expenses and training.

HomeStart South East Dorset, an independent registered charity that supports struggling families, received £1,500 to train new volunteers. HomeStart North Dorset also received a donation of £1,500, enabling the organisation to continue providing its services within the county.

The Lantern Trust, which was established in 1983 to benefit vulnerable and marginalised people in the Weymouth and Portland area, received a donation of £1,500. The grant will be used towards the running costs of delivering a Safe Sleep Project which provides supervised night-shelter accommodation for homeless people during the winter months.

Chichester Information Shop received a grant of £1,500. The organisation provides free information, advice, support and counselling for young people aged 13-25 who may be suffering issues such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, self-harm, bullying and complex trauma. The grant will help to support a bank of volunteer counsellor sessions and relative clinical supervision.

Horsham Matters has received a grant of £1,500. The charity supports vulnerable residents facing crisis across the Horsham District and provides a range of services from foodbanks to night shelter, as well as the supply of furniture and essential household items to newly housed persons.

The Black and Minority Ethnic Young People’s Project based in Brighton has receive a grant of £2,000. The organisation provides weekly support via telephone calls to members, including young people and their families, during this challenging period. The grant will be used towards the annual salary of a youth worker, to enable the weekly sessions for young people to continue.

As part of the Community Chest Awards, an emergency fund of £9,500 was allocated to help local causes earlier in the year during the nationwide lockdown.

Applications will be open for the 2021 Community Chest awards in March, where voluntary groups can request funding ranging from £300 to £5,000, to help them achieve their aims. Grants could be awarded for new equipment, training, transport or running costs, and can be made towards youth services, the elderly, or any other projects that enhance the local community.

The full list of the Hall & Woodhouse 2020 Community Chest winners are:

4Sight Vision Support £2,000
Black and Minority Ethnic Young People’s Project £2,000
Blandford Opportunity Group £1,500
Bridport & District Citizens Advice £1,000
Burgess Hill Repair Café £1,093
Chichester Information Shop for Young People £1,500
CYCALL Adapted Cycling (Worthing) £1,000
Doors Open £1,500
East Dorset Citizens Advice £1,000
Exmouth Gateway Club £1,500
Fernheath Play £1,500
Footprints Project – Life Works £720
Grounded Community £1,200
Home-Start North Dorset £1,500
Home-Start South East Dorset £1,500
Horsham Matters £1,500
Island Community Action £1,500
JustDifferent £1,500
Kangaraoos Mid Sussex £1,500
Lantern Trust £1,500
Lordshill Youth Project £1,500
Pippa’s Group £730
Shaftesbury & District Carers Association HOPE Projects £1,300
Springboard £1,500
The Bevy £1,500
Treads Advice & Information Centre £1,500
Tubbs Computer Supplies £2,000
Water Lily Project £800
Yewstock School £1,500
Emergency Funding Grants

(granted during lockdown)

Apuldram Centre £1,500
Bus Stop Club £2,000
Fare Divide (Littlehampton Community Fridge) £1,500
High Mead Farm £1,000
Off The Fence Trust Ltd £1,000
UKHarvest £2,500