Beneficiaries Presentation

Charities and good causes which benefit the local community have received £9,468 from Littlehampton Bonfire Society’s street collections at the society’s 2015 traditional bonfire celebrations and other fund raising events.

The main beneficiaries, the Air Training Corps 1087 (Arun Valley) Squadron, the Warrior Scout Explorer Unit Littlehampton and Arundel Scouts and the St John Ambulance, each received £1,500. Other beneficiaries included CancerWise and Worthing Churches Homeless Projects who each received £650.

Explained Steven Mountain, chairman of the Civilian Committee of the Air Training Corps,

‘A major activity of the squadron is the Duke of Edinburgh awards. These involve outdoor activities including long overnight expeditions and a large amount of field craft work. The squadron part funds the cadets through the bronze, silver and gold stages and this qualification is a very useful one for the young people on their CV when going out into the job world. Our funding will be used for new equipment to enable us to continue with these activities, including tents, sleeping bags and camouflage Bashas.’

Bob Purcell, Explorer Scout Leader of the Warrior Scouts commented,

‘The unit is open to young people aged between 14 and 18 years from existing scout groups or new to scouting, able bodied or with disabilities. We offer scouting skills such as respect, team building and community responsibility, and can be seen at most community and scouting events supporting younger scouts and collecting money for worthy causes. We are currently trying to raise funds for new polo shirts, the cost of expeditions for those unable to afford them, annual capitation and insurance costs and specialist equipment to enable disabled explorer scouts to take part in activities.’

St John Ambulance will use their donation to fund training equipment for the local district. Said spokesman Simon Taplin,

‘The charity is in need of casualty simulation kits for use of its six volunteer trainers based at Chichester. These trainers, along with others, cover all of the training requirements in District 4, which includes Littlehampton, including our new Emergency Medical Technicians. The simulation kits make the casualty look ill and realistic enough to perform a correct diagnosis.’

People affected by cancer will benefit from the society’s donation to CancerWise. Emma Neno from the charity explained,

‘CancerWise helps and supports anyone affected by cancer – not just the patients but also their family members and carers. We provide individual counselling, various therapies, run support groups and give emotional and practical lifestyle advice. Based in Chichester, the charity helps many people from the Arun district. The bonfire society’s donation will help fund counselling sessions and complimentary therapy sessions provided by cancer specialist counsellors and therapists, which greatly benefit the client, helping them cope with cancer.’

Rachel Blair, Community Fundraiser of Worthing Churches Homeless Projects, is delighted the charity has benefited from the street collections.

‘Worthing Churches Homeless Projects helps local people out of homelessness. The charity runs a breakfast club at Littlehampton United Church, serving the needs of vulnerable adults and homeless people aged from 18 to 80 years old in the Littlehampton area. For many it provides the only hot meal of the day. The club also helps people to obtain improved accommodation. A regular meeting place with a regular hot meal and social interaction is beneficial to the customer’s mental and physical health. The club is very fortunate that Littlehampton United Church have been so supportive in offering a home for the service to operate from. We will use our donation from the street collections towards the annual rent of the church premises used by the breakfast club.’

Other donations made by the society benefited various local charities and good causes who assisted with Bonfire Night, and members of the society undertook their traditional delivery of Christmas food parcels to local elderly and housebound residents.

Charities and good causes which benefit the local community are now invited to apply to become beneficiaries of the street collection at this year’s Traditional Bonfire Celebrations on Saturday 29th October. Said bonfire society secretary, Richard Cooper,

‘We need to know from applicants how much funding they are seeking, what specific project it is for, and how it will benefit the local community. We are aware that many organisations are currently finding fund raising for their particular projects very difficult. We help fund local projects, so our spectators on Bonfire Night know that their donations to our collecting buckets will directly benefit the local community.’

Applications must be in writing to Richard at 46, Kent Road, Littlehampton, BN17 6LQ or by email to littlehamptonbonfiresociety@hotmail.co.uk, and must be received by the closing date of Wednesday 1st June.

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