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RAYS of sunshine shone by means of the darkish days of this yr pretty much as good causes had been recognised by The Solar and its readers.
Over the previous yr, to mark our fiftieth birthday, we have now given out £1million in grants to virtually 100 charities, golf equipment and organisations nominated by YOU.
Hampshire Harriers’ youngest member Jagger Curtis, aged 12, is delighted his membership have been awarded £10,000
It was our approach of claiming thanks 1,000,000 to our wonderful readers.
From theatre teams for youngsters with particular must Give A Canine A Bone, a charity which helps the aged afford companion animals, we have now funded an array of causes.
We obtained greater than 8,000 nominations and made grants of between £2,000 and £20,000 to assist with tools and different prices.
Handouts had been awarded in six classes: Youngsters and Younger Folks, Well being and Wellbeing, Forces and Veterans, Animals and the Atmosphere, Emergency Heroes and Worldwide Support (UK charities).
Beneficiaries had been chosen by a panel together with agony aunt Deidre Sanders, columnist Jane Moore, royal photographer Arthur Edwards, and Paralympian Derek Derenalagi, an Ambassador for Assist For Heroes.
From shopping for light-weight sports activities wheelchairs for a disabled children’ basketball membership to kitting out a kitchen for a veterans’ membership, we have now cherished backing inspiring initiatives.
When The Solar Birthday Fund was launched, we had no concept Covid-19 was about to strike. However we quickly realised lots of the causes you flagged up had been amongst these worst hit by the pandemic.
Founder Louise Russell (proper), along with her canine Cooper, with members of her crew Wendy Hood, Julie-Anne Anderson-Mckinlay and Linsay Macphail, at The Give A Canine A Bone charity in ShawlandsCredit score: Michael Schofield – The Solar Glasgow
Solar 50 championed charities stepping as much as the plate, from these shopping for books for susceptible children as faculties shut to supporting NHS workers. On this financially straitened yr, it even helped some small organisations keep open.
Jane Moore mentioned: “Once we launched our yr of giving, little did we all know what a problem 2020 could be for small charities. So for lots of the recipients, the cash was much more important. It has been great listening to all about the way it has been put to good use.”
On this pullout we mark the shut of our yr of giving by highlighting a few of these we have now joined forces with and share a roll of honour saluting all 92 teams who’ve shared our £1million.
THOUSANDS of younger folks have been robbed of their potential to talk by sickness or accident. However an £11,700 grant to THE NATIONAL STAR COLLEGE will assist.
The Solar Readers’ Fund money will rework the lives of individuals reminiscent of Jason Farthing who has cerebral palsy and a mind harm which imply he has bother swallowing and is unable to talk.
Youngsters from Ridgeway Main Academy in South Shields with books given to the college as a part of the Solar at 50 marketing campaignCredit score: North Information and Photos
Jason is supported by the Discover My Voice Venture, funded by the Nationwide Star School in Cheltenham, Gloucs. The faculty, for younger folks with advanced disabilities, is typical of the causes near your hearts that we have now been capable of assist.
Because the age of 5, Jason, now in his twenties, had mechanical communicators that gave him the voice of a “posh outdated man in his 60s”, which he hated.
Our judges agreed to provide the venture £11,700 to create voices for 5 younger folks, together with Jason. Speech and language therapists work with the scholars to assist them articulate the kind of voice they need and customise vocabulary.
Jason requested his brother Michael if he would “donate” his voice. Michael spent hours recording 3,000 phrases for technicians on the school and a specialist tech firm to synthesise his speech. Jason mentioned: “I like my new voice. I really feel like I belong in my household now.”
HERTS INCLUSIVE THEATRE, £8,000: A grant from The Solar’s birthday fund for stage tools meant that, for the primary time, the inclusive theatre in Watford had its personal microphones and lights.
However the excellent news for the 150 or so folks the charity helps, each with and with out particular wants or psychological well being points, was short-lived. The Wizard Of Oz, their first present utilizing the tools, was in peril of being their final when the pandemic struck and the charity needed to shut.
Herts Inclusive Theatre was awarded £8,000Credit score: Oliver Dixon – The Solar
However with so many individuals reliant on its companies, notably the younger whose contact with faculty mates had been lower, the volunteers tailored.
Director Caroline Stevens, 37, of Bushey, Herts, mentioned: “We despatched surveys to everybody to ask what they had been lacking and what we might present. We needed to work out the way to attain our most susceptible members, who had been in lots of instances hit hardest by the pandemic, having to isolate with out understanding why.
“We managed to switch most of our actions on-line, then determined to attempt to placed on our first ever on-line musical, filmed by the members and their households.”
The outcome was The Present Should Go On-line. To look at, see tiny.cc/ShowMustGoOnline.
Caroline mentioned: “Regardless of the pandemic, we’re nonetheless going. It’s a steep studying curve however it gave us an opportunity to strive new issues.”
THE NATIONAL LITERACY TRUST, £20,000: When faculties closed on the peak of the lockdown it was essentially the most deprived youngsters on the best threat of affected by lack of schooling.
With cash from The Solar Readers’ Fund, the Nationwide Literacy Belief was capable of adapt its Younger Readers Programme to provide two books every to 1,000 youngsters in 20 faculties in much less well-off communities throughout Newcastle, Tyneside and Gateshead.
Venture supervisor Nick Oram mentioned: “With assist from their academics we had been capable of establish youngsters they thought would most profit and we not solely acquired two books out to every of them however we had been capable of give all of them entry to a library of e-books.
“We additionally had practitioners from Seven Tales in Newcastle who recorded themselves telling tales for the youngsters. Academics have informed us that in some instances they had been the primary books the youngsters had ever owned so it actually inspired them to learn and to request different books.”
The NLT Younger Readers Programme has been serving to children for 20 years. Analysis reveals youngsters with their very own books do higher in school and have greater ranges of psychological wellbeing. One in 9 youngsters within the North East don’t personal a ebook.
CLOWNS IN THE SKY, £12,000: Mind tumours kill extra youngsters and younger adults underneath 40 than another most cancers and each week, on common, one household will lose a baby to a mind tumour.
The charity helps youngsters with mind tumours and their households, and supplies moveable arts, crafts and sensory play trolleys to hospital wards throughout the UK.
AP CYMRU, £15,000: The Cardiff charity’s volunteers use their very own experiences of dwelling with autism, or having youngsters with autism, to assist different households going by means of the autism diagnostic course of and the essential months that comply with.
They provide workshops, coaching programs, clinics and household enjoyable periods, and cash from The Solar Fund will assist the operating of the charity’s store, when allowed, and pay for volunteer coaching.
SOPHIE’S JOURNEY, £15,000: The small charity was arrange by Stacy Southwell and Ben Robinson in reminiscence of their daughter Sophie Robinson who died of a mind tumour aged 12. It supplies two caravans in Mablethorpe, Lincs, for youngsters with most cancers and their households to have free holidays with the intention of making lasting reminiscences. The cash will assist with upkeep and operating prices.
GLASGOW’S No1 BABY & FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICE, £20,000: The charity goals to ease the strain for households in monetary hardship in Glasgow.
It supplies on a regular basis items to fulfill fundamental dwelling wants, reminiscent of clothes, sneakers and home items. The cash will go in the direction of furnishings and IT tools for its new care hub.
Youngsters & younger folks
The place the cash has gone
Downright Particular, Hull, £2,000
Kirklees Summer time Playscheme Camp, Kirklees, £3,500
Dress & Feed, Newcastle, £5,000
Girvan Youth Belief, Ayrshire, £5,000
Charnwood Christmas Toy Enchantment, Melton Mowbray, £5,000
Reigate and Banstead Girls’s Support, Reigate, £5,000
Burwood Preschool, Surrey, £5,000
Herts Inclusive Theatre, Watford, £8,000
The Willoughby Basis, Lincs, £8,000
Inter-Motion MK, Milton Keynes, £8,500
The Joshua Tree, Cheshire, £10,000
The Hamlet Charity, £10,000
Calderdale Lighthouse, Halifax, £10,000
Trekstock, London, £10,000
Hampshire Harriers Inclusive Sports activities Membership, Portsmouth, £10,000
Stick ‘n’ Step, Wirral, £10,000
Gloucestershire Bundles, £10,000
Routeways Centre, Plymouth £10,000
SNAP, Inverness, £10,000
Nationwide Star, Gloucestershire £11,700
Clowns In The Sky, London, £12,000
Sophie’s Journey, Lancashire, £15,000
Maddi’s Butterflies, Lancashire, £15,000
AP Cymru/Autism Puzzles, Cardiff, £15,000
Nationwide Literacy Belief, London, £20,000
Journey Excessive, Milton Keynes, £15,000
Pathways 4 All, North Shields, £16,000
Newlife Charity for Disabled Youngsters, London, £20,000
Glasgow’s No 1 Child & Household Assist Service, Glasgow, £20,000
FIREFLY EXPRESS, £10,000: Firefly Specific was based in 2006 by nurse Denise Dunn when she wanted remedy for breast most cancers – and found the difficulties getting transport to hospital appointments.
In 2009, the charity purchased its first automobile to offer free transport for most cancers sufferers and their households within the Doncaster space of gSouth Yorkshire to get to specialist centres, usually greater than 20 miles away, in Sheffield.
With £2,000 from the fund, The Quo Vadis Belief is constructing a big greenhouseCredit score: Oliver Dixon – The Solar
The Firefly fleet now has eight minibuses and two automobiles to assist sufferers who wouldn’t be capable to drive after remedy or who may in any other case have to make use of public transport. Sadly “Dee Dee”, as she was identified, died in 2014. Her legacy continues, nonetheless, and the charity is now run by her fiancé, Ian “Chewy” Bacchus and her buddy Paul Taylor with a crew of volunteer drivers.
Due to Covid restrictions automobiles can now solely take one passenger at a time and the seven-seater minibuses solely three. It means additional journeys and operating prices at a time when quite a lot of funding has dried up. Ian mentioned: “The cash from The Solar got here at simply the precise time. It has helped us preserve the free service and individuals are so grateful.”
THE QUO VADIS TRUST, £2,000: The belief helps as much as 200 folks in South East London recovering from psychological ill-health. It was nominated for a grant by former chef Francis Carino who was housed by them two years in the past. He had spent 9 years homeless after dropping his job and household however is now a driving pressure behind the belief’s gardening remedy venture, which helps shoppers to enhance their psychological well being and acquire job abilities. With £2,000 from the fund the belief is constructing a big greenhouse.
CALVERT TRUST, EXMOOR, £16,000: As with so many charities, the pandemic and successive lockdowns have hit the Calvert Belief’s funds badly, however it’s struggling on. Usually the accessible exercise centre close to Barnstaple, Devon, presents life-changing brief breaks and holidays for folks with particular wants and disabilities, with the motto: “Nothing is unachievable”.
As with so many charities, the pandemic and successive lockdowns have hit the Calvert Belief’s funds badly, however it’s struggling on
Maria Greenwood, who nominated the charity, mentioned: “My son is in a wheelchair and has extreme developmental delay so it’s virtually unimaginable to contain him in routine actions. “At Calvert Belief he has abseiled in his wheelchair, been horse using, used a zipwire (his favorite), been canoeing on a lake, swimming and brought half in lots of extra actions which the remainder of the household have joined in with and had a good time.”
Sadly these with bodily disabilities have needed to keep away since Covid arrived, due to their vulnerability, as have faculty teams, however the belief has continued to supply therapeutic indoor and out of doors actions the place attainable for these with particular instructional wants.
The belief’s Hannah Furber mentioned the charity had needed to make some members of workers redundant and others are nonetheless on furlough, however after being closed within the first lockdown, the belief reopened on the finish of August.
She mentioned: “It has been troublesome however it has been drastically appreciated by those that have been capable of come. We might be transferring into our twenty fifth yr in April and we have now supported so many households in that point. Among the grownup visitors have been coming since they had been youngsters.”
Cash from The Solar Readers Fund has been notably priceless as different funding has dried up and the belief has misplaced most of its earnings from paying visitors. Hannah mentioned: “The following 18 to 24 months are going to be very difficult.” However the belief will persist with its motto that nothing is unachievable.
HAVERING VOLUNTEER CENTRE, LONDON, £15,500: The 7/7 bombings in 2005 and the Grenfell Tower hearth had already alerted bosses of the Havering Volunteer Centre to the necessity for an area resilience and restoration plan, and to the significance of volunteers in instances of disaster. So when the pandemic struck they had been prepared for it.
Chief government Shelley Hart mentioned: “Inside two weeks we had greater than 400 volunteers and we labored in partnership with the native authority to reply the pleas for assist, principally from the aged or those that had been shielding.”
Early on, when panic-buying had stripped grocery store cabinets, they labored to ship parcels of meals to final these in want till they may get different assist.
Shelley mentioned: “Folks had been alone and frightened and hungry. We spoke to individuals who had eaten pet food to outlive or acquired unwell consuming mouldy meals as a result of it was all they’d. It actually was dire. We had been used to getting round 140 calls every week however on the peak we had been getting 480 calls a day.”
THE GOOD GRIEF TRUST, £20,000: Assist for the bereaved might hardly have been extra wanted than it was on the peak of the pandemic. The Good Grief Belief brings collectively greater than 700 bereavement assist companies underneath one umbrella on its web site thegoodgrieftrust.org. Chief government Linda Magistris mentioned: “The donation from the Solar Readers’ Fund is wonderful. We’re very grateful.”
Cash from The Solar paid for 20,000 data playing cards to be distributed to hospitals, care properties, police and any frontline companies the place the bereaved may want pressing assist.
MAGGIE’S NEWCASTLE, £2,400: Based mostly within the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle, Maggie’s is a spot of calm the place anybody struggling with most cancers – or their household or mates – can discover some peace and a cup of tea, or free data and one-to-one assist from consultants.
It additionally presents an opportunity for sufferers to fulfill in on-line teams with others who’re going by means of the identical issues and who perceive how they’re feeling. The cash from the Solar Fund will assist with Maggie’s operating prices.
ST JOSEPH’S HOSPICE, £20,000: St Joseph’s in Hackney, East London, has been providing assist and specialist palliative care, freed from cost, since 1905 to these in the area people who’ve life-limiting sickness. The cash from our fund was used to refurbish and redecorate sufferers’ room
Well being & wellbeing
The place the cash has gone
NHS Charities Collectively, nationwide, £50,000
Darlington and District Samaritans, Darlington, £2,000
The Quo Vadis Belief, London, £2,000
Sanderstead Neighbourhood Care, Sanderstead (Surrey), £2,000
Homecall, Bexhill-on-Sea, £2,000
Shirley Neighbourhood Care Scheme, Surrey, £2,000
Wheelers & Wobblers Sports activities and Social Membership, Wakefield, £2,000
Maggies Newcastle, Newcastle, £2,400
Dunfermline Meals Financial institution, Dunfermline, £2,600
Thoughts in West Essex, Harlow, £4,000
Essex Dementia Care, Braintree, £5,000
Paul’s Place, Bristol, £5,000
Nottingham Hospital Radio Nottingham, £5,000
The Shakespeare Hospice, Stratford Upon Avon, £5,000
Above & Past, Bristol, £5,472
Women Combating Breast Most cancers, West Midlands, £10,000
Shine Most cancers Assist, Poole, £10,000
Carers in Bedfordshire, Bedford, £10,000
Headway Bristol, Bristol, £10,000
Firefly Most cancers Consciousness and Assist, Doncaster, £10,000
The Wight Brainy Bunch, Isle of Wight, £10,000
Hospice of The Valleys, Gwent, £10,000
Glaven District Caring Committee, Holt, £10,000
Piam Brown Ward, Southampton, £13,962
Havering Volunteer Centre, Romford (Essex), £15,500
Calvert Belief Exmoor, Exmoor, £16,000
Age UK Northamptonshire, Northamptonshire, £18,000
St Joseph’s Hospice, London, £20,000
Careers UK, London, £20,000
St John Ambulance, Chesterfield, £20,000
British Lung Basis, London, £20,000
The Good Grief Belief, Wimborne, £20,000
Girls’s Support Protected In Sussex, Worthing, £20,000
NIDAS (Nottinghamshire Unbiased Home Abuse Providers), Nottinghamshire, £20,000
HORSEBACK UK, £20,000: Jay Hare’s life modified for ever when he stepped on an improvised explosive machine in 2008. The younger corporal had already been injured two years earlier than however this time, on his third fight tour of Afghanistan with 45 Commando, Royal Marines, the blast tore off his left leg and fingers on his proper hand. He misplaced his left eye and prime lip and his nostril needed to be amputated.
Jay Hare’s life modified for ever when he stepped on an improvised explosive machine in 2008Credit score: instagram.com/horseback_uk/
He confronted an extended arduous restoration however, by means of the Royal Marines Charity, he was launched to the outstanding impact of working with horses. Horseback UK was arrange in Aboyne, Aberdeenshire, in 2009 by former Royal Marine Jock Hutchinson and spouse Emma to assist veterans with life-changing accidents.
Jay, 40, mentioned: “I used to be present process facial reconstruction and rehabilitation to study to stroll and I additionally knew, as a result of extent of my accidents, I might be leaving the army. Horseback UK is near my coronary heart as a result of they supported me all through my restoration.”
Veterans on the Army Restoration Venture regain confidence, dignity and, within the case of amputees, their mobility. The pandemic made life troublesome however the charity, with assist from The Solar Readers’ Fund, has adopted the Royal Marines credo of “adapt and overcome”. Jay mentioned: “Funding is basically essential proper now, so it was improbable to get the cash.”
NOT FORGOTTEN ASSOCIATION, £6,000: The NFA has helped greater than 10,000 wounded and disabled veterans over the course of its 100-year historical past. Its centenary was meant to be a giant fundraiser for the royal occasions, respite breaks, fishing journeys, battlefield excursions and care-home leisure it places on, however Covid-19 put paid to that.
The Solar Readers’ Fund money allowed it to purchase tools and supply lodging to assist extra PTSD-affected veterans discover peace on its fishing breaks. Steve Tuffen, 56, whose cranium was shattered by two bullets 38 years in the past in The Falklands battle, nominated the charity. He mentioned: “Lockdown was troublesome, particularly not with the ability to get out of the home. Fishing is my remedy and the camaraderie is so essential so it’s a large factor for me to have the ability to do that once more.”
BOLTON ARMED FORCES CENTRE 4 VETERANS, £20,000: The centreprovides a hub providing assist to members of all branches of the Armed Forces, former members and their households. The cash from The Solar was wanted to refurbish the centre and supply new tools.
LAUNCHPAD, £20,000: Transition from the army for some veterans will be troublesome, resulting in issues reminiscent of homelessness and well being points.
Launchpad supplies lodging and assist for homeless veterans in Liverpool and Newcastle. The cash from The Solar fund was to assist run its Avondale Home in Newcastle.
The place the cash has gone
The Ripple Pond, Aldershot, £3,500
Royal Naval Affiliation West Bromwich Department, £6,000
Not Forgotten Affiliation, London, £6,000
Forgotten Veterans UK, Hampshire, £7,700
Veterans in Motion, Hampshire, £10,000
Hull Veterans Centre, Hull, £10,000
AF&V Launchpad Restricted, Argyll, £20,000
HorseBack UK, Aberdeenshire, £20,000
Bolton Armed Forces Centre For Veterans, Bolton, £20,000
SERVE ON, £15,000: The charity was set as much as assist Armed Providers veterans make the transition to civilian life. Based mostly in Salisbury, Wilts, it now welcomes volunteers from all backgrounds, together with college students, nurses, carpenters and electricians, in addition to ex-military and former or serving emergency companies personnel.
Serve On now welcomes volunteers from all backgrounds,Credit score: Oliver Dixon – The Solar
They assist communities in instances of catastrophe and extreme climate disruption, coaching to offer city search and rescue and flood rescue. When the pandemic struck, the charity recognised the necessity for logistical and communication abilities – and instantly made itself obtainable.
Volunteers from its Portsmouth Group Resilience Workforce labored with Hampshire and Berkshire 4×4 Response to arrange and function a hub that delivered important PPE on the peak of the Covid disaster. In the meantime, the charity’s Salisbury Group Resilience Workforce organised a digital operations room to co-ordinate its volunteers – together with these from different charities – to hold out greater than 3,000 welfare checks on susceptible residents on behalf of Wiltshire County Council.
The opposite organisations it labored with included response group Workforce Rubicon UK (now RE:ACT), which obtained £20,000 from our fund.
On the coronary heart of the operation had been members of Serve On’s Rescue Rookies venture, volunteers aged 14 to 18.
AMBER COMMUNITY FIRST RESPONDERS, £3,000: Amber Group First Responders are a gaggle of extremely educated volunteers who’re on name to attend 999 calls within the Amber Valley and Erewash areas of Derbyshire, from cardiac arrests to trauma instances, as directed by the East Midlands Ambulance Service.
Volunteers test in to say they’re obtainable then obtain textual content alerts if there’s a 999 case close by. Usually they’re the primary on the scene to evaluate the affected person’s situation, to stabilise or just reassure them and, if essential, to manage oxygen or carry out CPR earlier than the ambulance arrives. Final yr, between them, they attended 1,990 incidents and gave 5,423 hours of their time.
ESSEX AND HERTS AIR AMBULANCE TRUST, £13,200: The EHAAT’s two helicopters and speedy response automobiles continued to attend highway accidents, cardiac arrests and medical emergencies throughout Essex, Hertfordshire and the encircling space all through the Covid-19 disaster. And due to the unprecedented demand on hospitals and land ambulance companies, it made its essential care crew obtainable for affected person transfers between hospitals.
The 24/7 charity prices £750,000 a month to run and every mission prices £2,200, with crews attending a mean six a day. A donation from Solar readers pays for six probably life-saving missions.
The place the cash has gone
Amber Group First Responders, Derby, £3,000
FastAid Birmingham and Solihull, Birmingham, £5,000
Staffordshire Search and Rescue Workforce, Cannock (Wolverhampton), £5,000
Dorset Search Canines, Dorset£5,990
Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue, North Yorks, £8,000
South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade, Tyne & Put on, £15,000
Highlands and Islands Blood Bikes, Ross-shire, £10,000
Essex and Herts Air Ambulance, Colchester, £13,200
Serve On, Salisbury, £15,000
Steps To Hope, West Lothian, £20,000
Workforce Rubicon UK, Salisbury, £20,000
SPITALFIELDS CITY FARM, £10,000: For greater than 40 years the farm and its residents, together with donkeys, goats, chickens and rabbits, have been a priceless neighborhood studying useful resource within the coronary heart of Tower Hamlets, East London. Nevertheless it was compelled to close its doorways to guests throughout the first lockdown.
Jenny Bettenson, the Farmyard Co-ordinator, mentioned: “A lot good work was placed on maintain due to lockdown however the price of taking care of the animals and operating the farm continued, which is why a donation from The Solar Readers’ Fund has been so priceless.”
Spitalfields Metropolis Farm was compelled to close its doorways to guests throughout the first lockdownCredit score: Oliver Dixon – The Solar
SHREWSBURY FOOD HUB, £19,500: Volunteers began the charity in 2016 after they had been dissatisfied on the quantity of edible meals supermarkets would ship to landfill as a result of it was past its “finest earlier than” date. They redistributed meals to needy teams throughout Shrewsbury, and realised that by lowering waste they had been additionally slicing carbon emissions.
These they helped embody the Shrewsbury Ark day centre for the homeless and susceptible. Donating 80 tonnes of meals final yr – and slicing 120 tonnes of CO2 – they diminished beneficiaries’ meals payments by 30 per cent.
With our grant they’ve elevated the quantity of meals salvaged to round 120 tonnes, and have had “a fairly spectacular environmental affect”. Co-founder Alison Thomas mentioned: “Particularly now, the meals is basically helpful and is plugging a gap in folks’s budgets. It’s evident that it’s changing into extra of a helpful useful resource as we inevitably come into extra eco-nomic difficult-ties.”
HEARING DOGS FOR DEAF PEOPLE, £15,000: Man’s finest buddy assists us in some ways, and serving to deaf folks is an important type of assist. The pooches alert house owners to sounds most of us take with no consideration – door bells, cooker timers, child alarms or hazard sounds reminiscent of smoke alarms.
Stephen Beal, who has an help canine and was amongst those that nominated Listening to Canines For Deaf Folks for a grant, mentioned: “The canine give us confidence and allow us to steer as regular a life as attainable.”
It takes specialists like Simon Porter, 59, as much as two years to coach a canine and the charity, based mostly close to Princes Risborough, Bucks, has an extended ready record of shoppers. The Solar’s cash pays for the coaching of one other badly wanted canine.
It takes specialists like Simon Porter, 59, as much as two years to coach a canineCredit score: Damien McFadden- The Solar
ESSEX HORSE AND PONY PROTECTION SOCIETY, £6,000: The society has been rescuing and rehabilitating uncared for or abused horses from Essex and the encircling counties since 1983, rehoming them with foster carers when they’re nicely sufficient. Our donation was to pay for an all-weather floor within the recovering equines’ pen.
PAWPRINTS DOG RESCUE, £10,000: The small Warwickshire charity rescues stray canine collected on the native authority pound the place the animals have simply seven days to be reunited with their house owners or face being re-homed or put to sleep. The donation from The Solar Fund was to go in the direction of the acquisition of a small van.
Animals & the surroundings
The place the cash has gone
Pals of Animals Wales, Rhondda, £3,000
Essex Horse and Pony Safety Society, Basildon, £6,000
Spitalfields Farm Affiliation, London, £10,000
Pawprints Canine Rescue, Warwickshire, £10,000
Give a Canine a Bone, Glasgow, £10,000
Listening to Canines for Deaf Folks, Buckinghamshire, £15,000
Shrewsbury Meals Hub, Shrewsbury,£19,500
SMALLS FOR ALL, £4,000: After an eye-opening journey to an Ethiopian orphanage 11 years in the past, Maria Macnamara arrange her charity with the goal of gathering 2,000 pairs of pants for girls and kids in Africa unable to afford underwear.
Family and friends unfold the phrase and she or he was shocked when she was capable of ship 6,000 pairs to orphanages, hospitals and refugee camps in Kenya. When the charity went viral she gave up her job in insurance coverage to work part-time for the charity. Now Maria, 51, has a crew of volunteers distributing pants, bras and hygiene kits to 18 African international locations and Smalls For All collected its millionth pair of pants in March final yr.
Little lady helped by charity Smalls For All
The crew moved its operations to a warehouse in West Calder, West Lothian, after receiving greater than 51,000 packing containers of underwear between April and December final yr. However with so many garments to redistribute and cardboard packing containers all over the place they struggled to organise their area.
A donation of £4,000 from The Solar Readers Fund allowed them to purchase industrial racks for the warehouse which helped to hurry up their operation in order that even when Covid hit it didn’t cease them doing their wonderful work.
Maria remains to be pushed by the upsetting picture of children compelled to put on rags and even plastic baggage as a result of they don’t have entry to reasonably priced underwear.
She mentioned: “Whereas we cherished our new residence, area was nonetheless a problem for us. However from January to November this yr we’ve distributed roughly 260,000 pairs of recent pants and new and gently worn bras to folks in Africa and the UK who can’t afford or don’t have entry to underwear.”
She mentioned: “This stuff would have arrived in parcels and packing containers and we then should kind, measurement, bag and retailer the underwear. We had been very lucky to be awarded £4,000, which purchased us industrial racking that’s an enormous assist to us in organising and maximising our area. We’re really grateful to The Solar Readers’ Fund for his or her very beneficiant donation – it’s made such a distinction to us.”
MERSEYAID, £15,000: The charity helps refugees all all over the world and has seen the variety of these in misery swell dramatically since struggle escalated in Syria and political upheaval disrupted many different communities in Africa, southern Asia and the Center East.
Nevertheless it additionally helps refugees in want of assist a lot nearer to residence – on Merseyside. The grant from The Solar was to ship a container of help to a refugee camp it helps in Greece, and to distribute clothes to native homeless refugees.
Smalls For All, Livingston, £4,000
MerseyAid, Merseyside, £15,000
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