Charities and good causes which benefit the local community have received £9,572 from Littlehampton Bonfire Society’s street collections at the society’s 2016 traditional bonfire celebrations and other fund raising events.
The main beneficiaries, the Sussex Squids and Wick Dynamos Junior Football Club, each received £2,000. Other beneficiaries included Enable Me and the West Downs Neighbourhood Watch Task Force who each received £1,000.
Explained Bob Jones of the Sussex Squids,
‘Sussex Squids is a competitive swimming club for people of all ages with disabilities, run entirely by volunteers on a non profit basis. We currently have over 40 club members and are always looking for more to join as swimmers and volunteers. We will use the funds towards promoting the awareness of the club to reach more people who could benefit from its activities including launching a web site and printing new posters and flyers, as well as the on-going costs of running the club such as pool hire costs.’
A spokesman for Wick Dynamos Junior Football Club commented,
‘The club was formed in 1968 and has grown from one team to a club with 12 teams with ages ranging from 6 to 16, including one girls only team. Most of the children are from the Littlehampton area but we have players from all the surrounding area. We have been offered the opportunity to have a base of our own at the Arun Sports Arena in Ford. This will provide better facilities, in particular indoor training facilities for use in bad weather. It will also enable the club to hold its 6 a side tournament again. The club will use its donation towards the purchase of two sets of goals at the new base in Ford.’
Local charity Enable Me will use their donation to support their disabled volunteers. Said spokesman Sue Pegrum,
‘Enable Me provides high quality bespoke services designed and delivered by disabled people. Our activities include work in education, training, disability access audits, volunteering and community fundraising with our disabled volunteers for social inclusion. We require funding towards the expenses of our disabled volunteers, whose participation in the charity’s mission is extremely beneficial for their physical and emotional health and wellbeing, helping to improve their self-esteem and their sense of making a contribution to their own community. We currently have approximately 20 volunteers who we have to train, transport, support on site, DBS check, treat to outings and much more.’
Tim Drew of The West Downs Neighbourhood Watch Task Force is delighted the group has benefitted from the street collections.
‘The West Downs Neighbourhood Watch Task Force is a self contained team comprising over 50 members throughout the West Downs area. We can assist in any operations where tasks can be delegated to free up trained professionals for more important work. Our well established call out procedure ensures an early response to local incidents and disasters, such as manning cordons or knocking on doors if an evacuation is needed. In recent months the team has carried out a range of activities from leaflet drops to marshalling local events and has been written into the Littlehampton Flood Plan following its work in the floods of 2014.’
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 28th October. Said bonfire society treasurer, 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 may be made by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, and must be received by the closing date of Thursday 1st June.