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Cash For Your Community shortlist - G-M

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.

Guide Dogs Shrewsbury

This group, made up of both sighted and partially sighted volunteers, raises funds for guide dogs in the area.

Group organiser Penny Norris said a share of the money would be a major help in supporting the work of Guide Dogs for the Blind.

“There are many people waiting for a life-changing dog,” she said.

“Typically a partially sighted person waits more than two years for a dog.”

Address: Guide Dogs Shrewsbury, c/o 4, The Chase, Racecourse Crescent, Shrewsbury SY2 5BX

The Harry Johnson Trust

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The Harry Johnson Trust provides support to children who are being treated for cancer at the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford, as well as their families.

The charity was set up by Sally and Stephen Johnson following the death of their son Harry, aged just seven, in 2014.

Sally said the money would be used to buy vouchers for the children to enjoy days out to provide respite during treatments.

“These respite days provide a break from treatment, a little normality during a very difficult time, and enables families to spend much-needed time together as they are often apart during treatment for days on end,” she said.

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“It will bring many smiles.”

Address: The Harry Johnson Trust, Lower Farm, Vennington, Shrewsbury SY5 9RG

Hope House Children’s Hospice

Hope House plans to use its share of the fund towards its work helping the families affected by the sudden death of a child.

Area fundraiser Lynsey Kilvert said the charity supported 107 families affected in such a way, but added that while demand was increasing every year, its income was not.

Lynsey cited the story of the Mullis family, who received support from Hope House following the sudden death of their two-year-old son Arthur.

Following Arthur’s death, his body was taken to the hospice’s Snowflake Suite, which had its own private lounge and garden.

“This is the only place in Shropshire where families can say goodbye in their own time and in their own way while being supported by specialist nurses, carers and counsellors,” said Lynsey.

“Arthur’s parents, Nick and Alison, continue to be supported by the Hope House counselling team and his sisters, Mia and Katie, find comfort by spending time with their specialists who provide support to brothers and sisters.

“Every week three local families like Arthur’s face unimaginable heartbreak when their child dies. Tragically Hope House can only afford to help one.”

Address: Hope House, Nant Lane, Morda, Oswestry SY10 9BX

The Little Theatre Donnington

This amateur theatre society produces five shows a year, run entirely by volunteers.

Publicity officer Vikki Lee said its shows attracted a total audience of more than 2,500 every year.

“The society has approximately 50 members from across Telford and beyond,” she said.

“The members not only meet to rehearse and perform, but are also entirely responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the theatre building, which is an ex-military hut once forming part of MoD Donnington.”

Vikki said the group was looking to purchase a number of radio microphones at a cost of £350 each

“Purchasing new radio microphones for our performers will give our audiences a much more professional experience when seeing our shows,” said Vikki.

“For many families, visiting The Little Theatre is the most cost-effective way, if not the only way, of experiencing live theatre.

“New microphones would help improve on that theatre experience for them. The better the show, the bigger the audience, the more funds we have to continue improving our lovely little theatre.”

Address: The Little Theatre Donnington, c/o 29, Admaston Road, Wellington, Telford TF1 3NE

The Living Room at Woodside

The Living Room provides a welcoming and attractive space for the benefit of all people in the Woodside area of Telford.

Chairman of trustees Paul Booth said its drop-in scheme for young mothers and regular youth club were already highly successful, although there was still much more to do.

“Signficant financial help is needed to extend the facilities we offer across the complete age range, especially the elderly and unemployed,” he said.

Address: The Living Room at Woodside, 75 Glendale, Lawley Village Telford TF3 2PJ

Ludlow & District Beekeepers Association

Founded in 1942, the group now has 170 members, and regularly attends public events and shows.

Its beginners classes are usually over-subscribed, and it also provides monthly lectures to promote bee-keeping as a hobby.

Chairman Roy Howells said the association had acquired a two-acre site, and with the help of a lottery grant had managed to build an apiary to breed a rare native honey bee.

“We need to install an off-grid power and water supply,” he said.

“We are looking at a system of solar panels and batteries which will make us self-sufficient, as well as a water-collection system.”

Roy said the new apiary would be primarily for teaching and breeding purposes, and would be used for open days.

“It will raise public awareness of bees and their importance,” he said.

Address: Ludlow & District Beekeepers Association, Birches Farm, Clun, Craven Arms SY7 8NL

1st Monkmoor Scout Group

The group serves as the main scouting base for Monkmoor, with more than 100 members aged six to 14.

The group was formed in 1980 from the merger between the 7th Shrewsbury and 14th Shrewsbury groups.

Cub scout leader Simon Cook said the money would be used for the continued renovations of its headquarters, including the replacement of flooring in the main hall.

“With the main flooring being in place for almost 15 years, replacing this is one of the final pieces of the hut renovation and will have a big impact on those who use the hall.

“We provide educational, fun, scouting experiences for boys and girls who thrive learning teamwork, leadership and life skills whilst being able to take part in many adventurous activities.”

Simon added that the hall was also used by a number of other groups, including Brownies, Rainbows and Guides, as well as an art group and many local parties and events.

Address: 1st Monkmoor Scout Group, c/o 14 Haughmond Avenue, Shrewsbury SY1 4LT

Shropshire Branch, Motor Neurone Disease Association

The charity was set up to support victims of this still incurable muscle-wasting disease.

Secretary Jenny Everington said patients typically lived for a further two to five years after being diagnosed.

“Our support can help by providing equipment to aid mobility and communication, and speech deteriorates,” he said.

“Any additional funding can help with this, as well as providing support and respite for carers who are usually family members.”

Address: Shropshire Branch, MNDA, c/o 49 Kennedy Road, Shrewsbury SY3 7AA

The Movement Centre

The centre provides specialist therapy for children who have disabilities affecting their movement control, such as cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome or Global Development Delay.

Fundraiser Curtis Langley says this means they may be unable to lift their head or sit without support.

“They might find it challenging to stand or take their first steps,” he said.

“Any funding would enable us to provide specialist therapy sessions for children to help them gain control of their movement.”

Curtis said the therapy, known as Targeted Training, meant a child was three-to-four times more likely to gain control of their movement than with regular physiotherapy alone.

“Children can gain head control, so they can interact with their family,” he said.

“It can help children develop the skills to sit unaided, so that they can play with their friends.

“For some children it can enable them to walk, which means they can be far more independent.”

Address: The Movement Centre, Building 106, The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Hospital, Oswestry SY10 7AG

Mark Andrews

By Mark Andrews
@MAndrews_Star

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

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