Pudsey Bear turned up at Gladstone Brookes’ head office to pick up a cheque for £648 pounds to add to the record £37.1 million raised by the BBC’s Children In Need charity this year.
The cheque brings the total raised so far for our charities of the month in 2015 to £7,541, with the final with the final donation of the year to the Warrington Toy appeal still to come.
The Children In Need telethon in November has raised massive amounts of money for good causes across the UK, but there are a number of local charities who have benefited directly in the last 12 months.
Home Start received £9,700 to continue their work with families and under age schoolchildren in the deprived areas of the town.
Women’s Aid for Warrington and district picked up £33,661 for their direct one to one Protective Behaviour and Helping Hands courses in which children are guided and have their awareness raised about what is acceptable behaviour and what is not.
Warrington Disability Partnership received £59,798 to help pay for their Moving Forward Through Sport project to give equal opportunities to disabled children and develop wheelchair sports to enable them to learn new sports skills, improve on existing ones and gain confidence through taking part.
Warrington Youth Club benefitted to the tune of £87,060 for their Buddy Up! Project, which is a befriending club for disabled children. It teaches able bodied children to become buddies and help their disabled friends to take part in mainstream activities like going to the cinema.
Warrington Relationships Centre were awarded £87,367 for their work in providing fun, innovative life experience programmes for 40 disadvantaged young people who have had very few fun memories or quality life experiences.
Papyrus received the largest grant of £98,643 to help them in their work on the prevention of suicide among young people. HOPELineUK provides a confidential telephone advice service, email and anonymous text response service for children and young people who are experiencing suicidal thinking and/or behaviour.