Cash For Your Community shortlist - A-F

By Mark Andrews | Cash For Your Community 2018 | Published:

Read the profiles of the 35 shortlisted charities and community groups taking part in this year's £20,000 Cash For Your Community campaign.

You can collect tokens and send then to your chosen charities at the addresses below.

Anstice Community Trust

The trust was formed in 2014 to restore Madeley’s Anstice Memorial Hall to its former glory.

Grant researcher Melanie McCarthy Stokes said: “We are local people dedicated to bringing the building back to life for the local community and surrounding areas to benefit from.

“This is currently being achieved through fundraising events and lots of dedication from our trustees and volunteers.”

She said the vision was to see the hall restored and updated for everyone to use for leisure, sport, art, learning, health, family and friendship.

“Every penny helps us to being one step closer to the charity and community’s vision for the future for the Anstice, a 19th century listed building fit for use in the 21st century, for all to access.”

Address: Anstice Community Trust, c/o 24 High Street, Madeley, Telford TF4 3AE


Bradbury Care Centre

Based in Whitchurch, this centre provides support for people with dementia-related illnesses, physical disabilities, as well as the socially deprived.

Providing professional care from bathing to laundry, as well as activities and entertainment, it seeks to give its users a better quality of life.

It also provides a cooked lunch and sandwiches to take home, ensuring its users have at least two meals a day.


Manager Mandy Silvester said the charity was looking to expand its range of activities for dementia sufferers.

“The money would help fund a dementia activity project by changing a room into a familiar surrounding, such as a lounge from the 1950s, incorporating furniture, interiors and smells,” she said.

“This has been proven successful in helping people with dementia illness to feel secure and happier in what they feel are strange surroundings, as more and more people in our community are suffering with the illness.”

Address: Bradbury Care Centre, Claypit Street, Whitchurch SY13 1NT

Bright Star Boxing Academy

The academy, which has been running for two years, uses sport as a vehicle to help people with challenging behaviour turn their lives around.

Chairman Joe Lockley said: “We focus on using boxing as a way of engaging with these young people and supporting them to transform their life.”

The club plans to use the money to hold sessions in schools across south Shropshire.

“We will be targeting the harder to reach groups through the pastoral care teams,” he said.

“We want to show what a difference the coaches can make to the children’s behaviour and offer a strong local pathway for the students that want to take boxing further.

“We will need more equipment to be able to hold these sessions in schools, taking boxing to the young people.”

Address: Bright Star Boxing Academy, c/o David Corfield Gynmasium, Cosford Park, Long Lane, Albrighton TF11 8PJ

Broseley Youth Club

The club regularly attracts 25-30 young people every week, offering an informal and varied programme of activities.

Fundraiser Di Phillips said its sessions help deliver life skills and build confidence among young people, who are supported by trained youth workers.

Di said the money would help increase the range of cultural activities on offer, including arts, food and sports. It would also be used to offer affordable day activities in holiday time.

“Though we can continue to deliver our week in, week out service, we would like to improve on this by offering new and exciting activities to keep young people motivated and interested,” she said.

“Some money from this pot would make a huge difference to what we can offer to young people in the local community as we receive no statutory funding, though the needs for this service is well recognised.”

Address: Broseley Youth Club, 37, High Street, Broseley TF12 5EZ

Cambrian Heritage Railways

This registered charity was set up to preserve Oswestry’s railway heritage and provide a visitor attraction of national significance.

Publicity officer Pam Kingsley said: “The charity is in the process of restoring the track of the old Cambrian line between Gobowen and Blodwell, via Oswestry, Weston Wharf, Llynclys and Porthywaen.

“All the work is carried out by volunteers and funded primarily by donations, with occasional grants.”

The money will go towards a project to extend the line between Oswestry and Weston, a distance of one mile, and create a new platform and station at Weston. The cash would be used to buy materials for that work, including sleepers and ballast, cover costs for fuel and equipment.

“Also, any larger donation to the railway is a boost to member sand encourages the volunteers doing their work,” said Pam.

Address: Cambrian Heritage Railway, Old Station Building, Oswald Road, Oswestry SY11 1RE

Cuan Wildlife Rescue

This charity rescues and rehabilitates sick injured and orphaned wildlife from around Shropshire.

Last year it rescued more than 3,000 wild animals, which were returned to their natural habitat once they had been treated.

Fundraiser Hannah Hill said: “It costs over £150,000 a year to run our purpose-built hospital. This money would make a very big difference.”

Address: Cuan Wildlife Rescue, Stretton Road, Much Wenlock TF13 6DD

Diabetes UK Shrewsbury Kids Group

Led by a small group of volunteers, the Shrewsbury Kids Group organises events where children with type one diabetes and their families can get together in a relaxed and fun environment.

Secretary Ann Griffiths said the charity hoped to use the money to allow 18 children to go on a residential weekend.

“The weekend will cost in the region of £3,000 to £3,500,” she said.

“These events give children the opportunity to meet other children with type one diabetes, building confidence and independence.

“Parents also have respite, knowing their child is supported by a paediatric nurse.”

Address: Diabetes UK Shrewsbury Kids Group, Old Rectory, Brookside, Pontesbury, Shrewsbury SY5 0QF

The Friendly Transport Service

This group provides door-to-door transport for people who would otherwise struggle to get out and about, its volunteer drivers helping people get to appointments or doing their shopping.

Chief executive Marie Monk-Hawksworth said all of the service’s drivers were volunteers, and the money would be used to give them specialist training.

“The money would enable us to provide support to our volunteers so they feel confident to help our passengers with specialist needs,” said Marie.

Address: The Friendly Transport Service, 57, High Street, Broseley, TF12 5EX

Mark Andrews

By Mark Andrews

Senior news writer for the Shropshire Star specialising in in-depth features and commentary, investigative reporting and political matters.

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