As part of its fiftieth anniversary celebrations in Jersey, Kleinwort Benson has awarded its £10,000 Community Award to the Jersey Special Gymnastics Club and the Jersey Learning Disabilities Football Club. Each club will be awarded £5,000 to help their activities. Staff at Kleinwort Benson are also planning to get further involved with both clubs (which are affiliated under the Jersey Sports Association for the Disabled).
The Award, initially announced in June, follows an in-depth nomination process whereby staff were asked to put forward the case for Jersey-based charities or community projects which would benefit from a £10,000 donation. All of the nominations were then considered by Kleinwort Benson’s Offshore Executive Committee.
Sean Baudin, Head of Fiduciary Services and Senior Officer for Kleinwort Benson in Jersey said, “2012 is a landmark year for Kleinwort Benson in Jersey. As we celebrate our fiftieth year on the island we are delighted to be able to give something back to the local community. The selection process for choosing the charities to benefit from this award was not an easy one but we are pleased to have decided on two such worthy and important organisations. Staff at Kleinwort Benson are excited about this award and are looking forward to getting involved with both clubs on a practical basis.”
John Grady, Head Coach at the Jersey Special Gymnastics Club added, “The club strives to produce the finest special gymnasts that compete at the highest level. In this particular case the Club is using the funds to assist two of the most able gymnasts who recently successfully trialled for the British Gymnastics National Disabilities Squad. This involves the gymnasts attending training camps and international events over the next year which is extremely costly. The two gymnasts are inspirational role models for other club members and it is fantastic to have the funding, without it the two would have great difficulty in following this dream.
Gary Norman, Head Coach at the Jersey Learning Difficulties Football Club added, “I am delighted with the award which is a
much needed boost to the monies being raised to send the squad to the Great Britain Special Olympics games that are being held next year in Bath. It is expected that 1,700 athletes will be taking part in the twelve sports and the squad has been working hard for the last four years and very much looking forward to taking part in this special tournament.”