Charities boosted by £8,000 of grantsBy Becky Barnes
May 02, 2012
Radio stars of the future, Scouts with a leaking hut roof, and a marching band were among the good causes picked to receive more than £8,000 of grants.
Sandhurst Town Council awarded cheques to the chosen charities at its annual council meeting on Thursday, April 19.
Sandhurst mayor Councillor Dale Birch said: “The council chose nine worthy organisations to support this year.
“All the charities that are receiving grants are inspirational and members of the council have visited them to see their good work.”
Sandhurst School received £650 towards its radio station, which will fund a term of broadcasting.
Head of sixth form and radio Andy Doree, assistant headteacher Sam Hunt and pupils Lee Warren, Laura Puddy and Holli Mcgann spoke to councillors and members of the public about the radio station.
Lee Warren, of Year 11, said: “It’s like a little family and enables people to make new friends.
“We feel like we provide an important service to the school.”
The Corps of Drums, a marching youth band, received £1,000 and will use it to train more young people.
The group for 10 to 18-year-olds meets every Monday at 2nd Sandhurst Scouts’ hall and it is recruiting seven to nine-year-olds for a training band.
Founder Mark Saunders said: “We don’t turn anyone away and always welcome new members.”
The council also gave £1,000 to help repair the leaking roof of 3rd Sandhurst Scouts’ hut.
Chairman Colin Doran, who had just completed the Brighton Marathon, thanked the council for the donation which is one-third of the funds needed to mend the roof.
Scout leader Brenda Davies described recent Scout activities, including going camping with Cubs as young as six years.
The Berkshire MS Therapy Centre will be able to put £250 towards its treatments for MS sufferers.
Trustee Peter Bowsher collected the cheque from the council and said the charity was now running a lottery in a bid to raise vital funds.
Mr Bowsher said: “If you have never won the National Lottery, now’s your chance.”
Other charities benefiting from council cash included Home-Start, who were presented with £550.
Paula Ridgway, chairwoman of Home-Start Bracknell Forest, said: “The money will pay for staff to help support families in Sandhurst.”
Collette Reynolds, practice manager of Youthline, collected £550 for the charity, which offers a free, confidential counselling service for young people aged 12 to 25.
She said: “We have given 164 sessions to 34 clients in the past year and 100 per cent of them felt that their level of well-being had improved from the counselling.”
The money will be used to continue the charity’s work in schools and doctors’ surgeries.
Donations of £200 were given to the Bracknell Executive Job Club, £3,500 to St Michael and All Saints’ Church, and £480 to Berkshire County Blind Society.
Sandhurst Town Council gives away more than £65,000 of standing grants to local organisations and then picks out additional causes to support.
The allocated standing grants include £16,000 a year to Sandhurst Day Centre and £37,340 to Sandhurst Sports Centre.