Charities and local organisations are being given the opportunity to apply for thousands of pounds as The Co-operative Society launches its 2014 Helping Hands Fund.
The fund, which has benefited thousands of Channel Islanders since it was first launched 20 years ago, is open to charities and organisations and reflects the Society’s underlying principles of co-operative trade where profits remain in the Channel Islands to be reinvested and shared with the local community. Applications are being received until the 1st February 2014.
‘Each year The Channel Islands Co-operative Society gives thousands of pounds to worthy charities and organisations which need a helping hand,’ said Jim Plumley, Chief Commercial Officer of The Channel Islands Co-operative Society.
‘As a local business, we are proud to support the communities within which we operate and this is just one of many ways that we do that. We want to hear from charities, schools, clubs, welfare groups, trusts and organisations which will really benefit from being a recipient of The Channel Islands Co-operative Society Helping Hands fund.’
Each year, we receive more than 100 different applications and it never ceases to amaze us just how many organisations are working so tirelessly to help others. There are some truly remarkable people within the Channel Islands who struggle to raise funds for the work they do. We’re delighted that the Helping Hands fund allows us to make donations, often hundreds of pounds rather than thousands, that will make a real difference.’
Last year, more than £16,000 was donated to 28 good causes across the Channel Islands. Recipients in Jersey included a new freezer for Maison des Landes Hotel, which provides accommodation for disabled visitors and their carers, a Wii and portable TV for the Stroke Association Jersey and a new cooker for St Ouen’s Youth and Community Centre.
‘Maison des Landes strives to keep its hotel tariff as low as possible by fund-raising to cover the cost of repairs and replacements, so the money we received last year from the Helping Hands Fund to replace one of our freezers was extremely welcome,’ said Bob Gaiger, Maison des Landes Trust Chairman.
Recipients in Guernsey included training of a Teaching Assistant for Every Child Our Future LBG, safety mats for St Sampson’s Baby & Toddler Group and a new enclosure for Sarnia Guinea Pig Rescue.
‘We were delighted to receive the donation from The Co-operative Helping Hands Fund which went towards the cost of training a Reading Recovery teacher in Guernsey. Reading Recovery is an intensive programme that supports children struggling with their literacy learning. During the last academic year 21 children benefitted from the programme and all made accelerated progress’, said Denise Fallaize, Founder of Every Child Our Future LBG.
Apply at www.channelislands.coop/giving either fill in the application online or download an application form. Please return completed forms to: Julie Le Cornu, Marketing and PR Manager, Co-operative House, 57 Don Street, St. Helier, Jersey JE2 4TR.