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Applications are now open for Helping Hands fund 2020

Applications are now open for Helping Hands fund 2020

06 January 2020

Local charities, community groups and schools are invited to apply for one of your Society’s longest running funds, which offers a helping hand to local good causes.

The Helping Hands fund has donated more than £300,000 to worthwhile causes since it was launched by the Society over 20 years ago.

Last year we received more than 109 applications and donated over £17,000 to 33 local charities and organisations.

Applications are once again open for those good causes that may need money to launch an idea, funds to support their group, or extra cash to try something different. Applications opened on Monday 6 January and close on Wednesday 5 February. All applications must be completed online at www.channelislands.coop/helpinghands.

One of the projects to benefit in Guernsey last year was Riding for the Disabled Guernsey, which is a charity supporting disabled islanders with a wide range of conditions. RDA were awarded £500 from the Helping Hands fund, which was used to purchase riding helmets for all those who access the group.

Heidi Ephgrave, chairwoman for the charity, said; ‘We were absolutely delighted to have been awarded money from Helping Hands. It’s really nice to be one of the many worthwhile charities in the island chosen to benefit.

‘The benefits of horse riding for those with disabilities are limitless. Those suffering from conditions such as cerebral palsy benefit greatly from the physiotherapy and movement of the horse. Others with autism, anxiety or mental health issues can benefit enormously just by having a one-to-one interaction with the horse during our therapy sessions.

‘The Co-op’s Helping Hands initiative is important to the island’s community, groups and charities. I would like to thank Co-op members because by supporting us you are ensuring local charities such as ours can thrive and continue to help people.’

Other projects to benefit last year in Guernsey included Edible Guernsey LBG, that supports elderly members through its community garden, Guernsey Caring for Ex-offenders, that used the funds to provide kitchen appliances to those released from prison, St John’s Residential Home, which houses 45 residents, and Headway Guernsey, that used the money to buy much needed equipment to support islanders and their families who are living with the effects of a brain injury.

Katey White, membership manager for the Society, said: ‘We are delighted to once again open our Helping Hands fund and invite applications from charities and community groups who have a good idea and need funds to make it happen.

‘As a community retailer our vision is to make a real difference, which is what Helping Hands has done for more than 20 years. We are proud that Helping Hands makes a real difference to the vital work that so many local groups do.

‘We aim to make the fund as accessible as possible, especially to those groups where a few hundred pounds can make all the difference to the work they are doing across the Channel Islands.’