£ 30,000 in funding donated to five Isle of Wight causes


Funding worth over £ 30,000 has been made available to five other good causes by the Isle of Wight Foundation.

Home-Start Isle of Wight, The Phoenix Project, Ryde Sea Cadets, Havenstreet Community Association and Wessex Cancer Trust join six organizations previously announced to receive grants of up to £ 16,000 from corporate-funded charity trust behind Island Roads.

Over £ 600,000 in donations
To date, the IW Foundation has donated over £ 600,000 to local projects.

Each year, local groups are invited to apply for grants of between £ 3,000 and £ 16,000 to fund projects that help tackle social exclusion, whether through access to training and skills or through education. building stronger communities.

Wessex Cancer Trust
The Wessex Cancer Trust has received £ 12,852 to help fund its patient transport program for Isle of Wight residents to travel to Portsmouth and Southampton hospitals for cancer diagnosis or treatment.

Lorraine White, regional director of fundraising at the Wessex Cancer Trust, said:

“The Wessex Cancer Trust provides emotional and practical support to people of all ages and types with cancer, as well as support to their families. We have four support centers, including our center in Newport on the Isle of Wight, where people can simply come and see us if they need assistance.

“The IW Foundation grant will help fund our minibus service for one year, covering rental payments for our buses. We are very grateful to the foundation for their support which will help fund the thousands of trips we offer to cancer patients each year on the Isle of Wight.

LR Rachel Mills (Island Roads Data Asset Analyst) and Lorraine White (Wessex Cancer Trust Regional Fundraiser)

Welcome-Departure Isle of Wight
Home-Start Isle of Wight will receive £ 3,539.38 to fund a new program called Reaching Out Remotely.

The charity that supports families at risk will purchase tablets and cellphones to help train remote support volunteers and they will be used by volunteers to connect with families and help them access services and support. support.

Alison Griffiths, Director of Home-Start IOW, said:

“During the pandemic, we had to be flexible in our approach so that we could continue to support families even when face-to-face visits are not possible.

“The new devices will allow us to stay in more regular contact with families, reducing isolation and helping people feel more connected. ”

LR Samantha O'Rourke and Tim Moody (Island Roads) with Alison Griffiths (Home-Start-IOW)
LR Samantha O’Rourke and Tim Moody (Island Roads) with Alison Griffiths (Home-Start-IOW)

The Phoenix project
Project Phoenix will receive £ 5,306 to support its Wood ‘n’ Things project in Newport. The association helps people with learning disabilities and autism lead more independent and fulfilling lives, and through its workshop in Newport, it gives people the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in carpentry, carpentry, manufacture products, manage orders and serve customers.

Louise Smith, Fundraising Coordinator at Project Phoenix, said:

“The grant allows us to increase the number of sessions we organize at Wood ‘n’ Things, which will give more people the opportunity to participate. We will use the funds to purchase more carpentry equipment, including a new variable speed woodturning lathe as well as a new dust extraction system for the workshop.

LR Paul Gibb-Narey (Island Roads), Tom Sawyer (Wood 'n' Things), Nick Raynor (Island Roads) and Rob Whittingham (Wood 'n' Things) with members of the Wood 'n' Things team
LR Paul Gibb-Narey (Island Roads), Tom Sawyer (Wood ‘n’ Things), Nick Raynor (Island Roads) and Rob Whittingham (Wood ‘n’ Things) with members of the Wood ‘n’ Things team

Ryde Sea Cadets
The Ryde Sea Cadets were given £ 3,115 to purchase first aid equipment and a watersports kit. S / Lt Darren Toogood (SCC), RNR General Manager at Ryde Sea Cadets, said:

“More than 20 young people are involved in Ryde Sea Cadets, an organization that provides essential life skills such as teamwork and effective communication. The foundation grant will allow us to purchase a number of kayaks to use in pool safety exercises and activities. It will also fund a Little Annie resuscitation doll for cadets to learn and practice CPR, as well as treatment of cuts and fractures to limbs as part of their first aid training.

LR Mark Elliott - Senior Quantity Surveyor Island Roads, OPP Rosie Taskas Junior Training Officer, Ryde Sea Cadets, Ens 1 Darren Toogood (SCC) RNR Executive Officer, Ryde Sea Cadets
LR Mark Elliott, Senior Quantity Surveyor Island Roads, PPO Rosie Taskas Junior Training Officer and S / Lt Darren Toogood (SCC) RNR Executive Officer

Havenstreet Community Association
Finally, Havenstreet Community Association received £ 7,217 to renovate the community center garden to make it accessible, safe, enjoyable and welcoming to the community.

Vernonica Hattersley, president of the association, said:

“We are delighted to receive foundation funding that will allow us to make much-needed changes to the outdoor space of the community center so that it can be used year-round by the many groups and organizations that use our center.

LR Delyth Horsley, Maurice Preece, Derek Williams, Veronica Hattersley, Geoff Hattersley, Pat Goodridge (all from the Havenstreet Community Association) and Joe Robinson (Island Roads)
LR Delyth Horsley, Maurice Preece, Derek Williams, Veronica Hattersley, Geoff Hattersley, Pat Goodridge (all from the Havenstreet Community Association) and Joe Robinson (Island Roads)

Gillespie: Happy to be able to support such laudable projects
IW Foundation President Rob Gillespie said:

“We are truly delighted to be able to support such commendable projects which, each in their own way, will have an extremely positive impact on the people they support, helping to make our community stronger and more connected as a whole.

“We look forward to working with each organization as their plans come to fruition in 2022.”

The full list of groups that will receive funding from the IW Foundation for projects in 2022 are:

Total funding £ 85,297.05
Arreton Junior Cricket Club £ 4891.00
Havenstreet Community Center £ 7217.00
Home-Start IOW £ 3,539.38
Pan set £ 15,561.30
Ryde Sea Cadets £ 3,115.00
Sandown and Shanklin Independent Lifeboat Station £ 7,156.00
St Helens Community Center £ 4,659.00
The Phoenix project £ 5306.37
Wessex Cancer Trust £ 12852.00
WightSAR (Isle of Wight Search and Rescue) £ 16,000.00

News shared by Anna on behalf of the Isle of Wight Foundation. Ed


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