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£130,000 reasons to celebrate – thanks to Jane’s Appeal

by Vicki Robinson
Wednesday 10th June 2015

Charity news: Charitable projects across Lincolnshire are celebrating a cash boost after receiving grants in the recent Jane Tomlinson Appeal Big Charity Giveaway

Earlier this year the Appeal set up in Jane’s name announced it had raised an amazing £7.6million. (HERE)

To celebrate this milestone, the Appeal set aside £100,000 for charities across Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Lancashire to apply for a share of. But the Appeal was so overwhelmed by deserving applications that trustees eventually awarded just under £130,000.

Siobhan Curtis, Legacy Manager at the Jane Tomlinson Appeal said: “The response from charities when we launched the giveaway was just overwhelming. We received hundreds of applications and our Trustees had a lot of difficult decisions to make given we had received so many rewarding applications. Eventually it was decided to increase the funds available to try to support as many good causes as we could.”

Charities across Lincolnshire, Lancashire and Yorkshire – the regions where the Appeal’s sister organisation Run For All stages its charity runs - were invited to apply for grants ranging from a couple of hundred pounds up to £15,000.

Those receiving awards in Lincolnshire were: KIDS Strut, Lincoln and Lindsey Blind Society, Foxdale Equine Assisted Learning Community Interest Company and Jubilee Christian Fellowship, with grants totalling £9,000. Homestart UK received a further £5,000 which it will use to support groups across the three regions.

Tracy Wilson, of the Foxdale Equine Assisted Learning Community Interest Company, in Oasby, said of its £1,500 grant:  “We will be using the money to fund some family sessions for families who have a new diagnosis of cancer in the family. Over the summer we are planning a summer picnic for families who are living with a child with long term palliative conditions. We will also use the grant to provide support sessions for bereaved children.”

Elena Fraser-Green, Fundraising and Publicity Manager, Lincoln & Lindsey Blind Society said: “Thank you so much for the cheque for £1,500. We are all delighted with the donation and appreciate your support for the Befriending Service. We really believe in the project and the people who have a befriender already tell us its life changing, which is great.”

KIDS Strut plans to use its £4,500 to fund activity breaks for 12 disadvantages disabled children while the Jubilee Christian Fellowship plans to spend its £1,500 grant on equipment for its Friendship & Preschool club for children with learning and physical disabilities.

Photos (clockwise from top left): Breast Friends York, Calderdale Bereavment and Haworth RDA

For more information about the work of the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, go to www.janetomlinsonappeal.com


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