Our charity of the month for November is Children In Need – an annual favourite – and Kayleigh Slater was on hand to accept our donation of £400 on behalf of Pudsey.
Last year the charity raised an amazing £46.6 million for projects all over the UK which included a special donation for Warrington Wolves Charitable Foundation of which Gladstone Brookes is one of the patrons.
Secured funding of £119,000
The Children In Need Money has secured funding for the foundation’s highly successful inclusion programme right through to 2020 and Gladstone Brookes staff will continue to play their part in the special partnership we have forged with St Gregory’s High School.
With the new funding in place, the foundation intends to further develop its programme of sports and arts activities for children and young people with disabilities and additional needs.
As its current after school, weekend and holiday programmes continue, they will be introducing a new Rugby League session, an extended holiday programme multi sports activities for children with profound multiple learning difficulties and create a new programme for work placement/volunteering for young people with disabilities.
But the Foundation isn’t the only local organisation to have benefitted from Children in Need funding. Four other charities have also received more than £270,000 in support grants:
Papyrus Prevention of Young Suicide got £98,643 to help fund their confidential telephone service which offers help for children and young people experiencing suicidal thinking and/or behaviour.
The Lullaby Trust obtained a grant of £9,191 for a project which provided two family days out at the Gulliver’s World theme park for 468 siblings from the North West of England who had lost a brother or sister to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
Warrington Disability Partnership received £76,250 to help develop new clubs and schemes for the 1,650 disabled children in Warrington as well as continuing to run their Inclusive Sports Club and Blue Planet Youth Club.
Warrington Youth Club is also a multi thousand pound beneficiary with £87,060 provided to run their Buddy Up! Project which trains young able bodied people to befriend and help disabled children to access and enjoy mainstream activities like visiting the cinema.
There have been many other projects throughout the North West which have received support in recent years.
The Willow Project in Wigan received £110,000 to provide distress counselling for your people and equip them with skills to better cope and increase their resilience.
St Helens Carer Centre was given £74,307 to fund their Young Carers project which provides intensive support in confidence building, dealing with bullying, reviewing hopes and fears and giving emotional support.
Willowbrook Hospice at Prescot received £9,690 to provide both indoor and outdoor play equipment for children who regularly visit close relatives who are in the hospice, providing a safe place for them to play.
Home Start, which provides support for disadvantaged families, is one of 40 Liverpool charities to benefit with a grant for £110,882.
Side Step, receiving £120,000, is a specialist group helping young people at risk of getting involved in Serious Organised Crime. It is just one of 32 Manchester charities to receive funding.