Kelda backs Cash For Your Community
Shropshire's transatlantic rowing heroine Kelda Wood has thrown her support behind our £20,000 giveaway to help good causes in the county.
Once more the Shropshire Star is joining forces with Enterprise Flex-E-Rent to give out £20,000 to good causes across Shropshire and Mid Wales.
This year the money will be shared out among 35 charities, clubs and voluntary organisations.
Kelda, now back in Shropshire after becoming the first adaptive athlete to row solo across the ocean, spoke about how the fund had helped her Climbing Out charity.
Climbing Out, founded by Kelda in 2010, provides outdoor activity courses to help young people who have suffered life-changing injuries or illnesses to help them regain their self-esteem.
The charity took part in Cash For Your Community in 2015, 16 and 17, receiving a total of £1,591.
She said: "The charity doesn't happen without the funding to run it, so the money we received from Cash For Your Community was very welcome in supporting our work."
Shropshire Star readers will decide how this year's money will be shared out by collecting tokens in the newspaper for their favourite causes.
Tokens are printed in the newspaper each day, and the group that collects the most tokens will receive £5,000.
The organisation with the second most tokens will take £2,000, and the one in third place will receive a £1,000.
The other organisations will receive a share of the remaining £12,000 depending on the number of tokens collected.
Kelda, 46, from Shrewsbury, was at sea for 76 days after departing from La Gomera in the Canary Islands in December.
She arrived in Antigua during the early hours of Wednesday last week.
Her expedition has so far raised £33,000 towards a target of £50,000 for the charity.
To donate visit the internet page justgiving.com/fundraising/rowtoraise
The following groups are taking part in Cash For Your Community this year. To support them collect your tokens and send them to the addresses below:
AFC Bridgnorth, care of 8, Woodberry Close, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV16 4PT;
Anstice Community Group, 7 Fylingdales Drive, Doseley, Telford, TF4 3AE;
Challenging Perceptions, Park Lane Centre, Park Lane, Woodside, Telford, TF7 5QZ;
Cuan Wildlife Rescue, Stretton Road, Much Wenlock, Shropshire, TF12 5ST;
Dawley Wanderers FC, care of 49, Aqueduct Road, Aqueduct Village, Telford, TF3 1BX;
Dog Assistance In Disability (Dog Aid), Earlyworld House, 7 Darwin Court, Shrewsbury, SY3 5AL;
Donnington Friends of Severn Hospice, care of 1, Ash Lea Drive, Donnington, Telford, TF2 7NS;
Guide Dogs Shrewsbury, 4, The Chase, Racecourse Crescent, Shrewsbury, SY2 5BX;
Hope House Children's Hospices, Nant Lane, Morda, Oswestry, SY10 9BX;
Live At Home, Unit 1, Broadway Court, off The Broadway, Shifnal, TF11 8AZ;
Omega Care For Life, London House, Town Walls, Shrewsbury, SY1 1TX;
Parents Supporting Parents, 5 Two Ashes, Bayston Hill, Shrewsbury, SY3 0QF;
Prees Junior Football Club, care of 40, Harvern Gardens, Prees, near Whitchurch, SY13 2DT;
Read Easy Shropshire Hills, Lower Beach, Linley, Bishop’s Castle, SY9 5HR;
Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution, Ashfield, Aston Rogers, Westbury, Shropshire, SY5 9HQ;
Shrewsbury Epilepsy Support Group, 30 Hotspur Street, Shrewsbury, SY1 2QB;
Shrewsbury Food Hub, 8a College Hill, Shrewsbury, SY1 1LZ;
Shropshire Academy And Learning Trust, Office 2, The Coach House, Coton Lodge, Shropshire, SY13 3LR;
Shropshire and Staffordshire Blood Bikes, 11 Brookhouse Way, Gnosall, Stafford ST20 0HS;
Shropshire Branch Motor Neurone Disease Association, 49 Kennedy Road, Shrewsbury, SY3 7AA;
Shropshire Disability Cricket Team, care of 34, Bishopdale, Brookside, Telford, TF3 1SB;
Shropshire Domestic Abuse Service, The Gateway, Auction Yard, Craven Arms, SY7 9BW;
Shropshire Prostate Cancer Support Group, 17 Stallard Court, Oakengates, Telford, TF2 6DR;
Shropshire Stags, 26 Eastcote Avenue, Lawley, Telford, TF4 2FR;
Small Woods Association, The Greenwood Centre, Station Road, Coalbrookdale, Telford, TF8 7DR;
Telford Armed Forces and Veterans Breakfast Club, 163, Wantage, Woodside, Telford, TF7 5PF;
Telford & Wrekin Parkinsons Support Group, 5 Walnut Close, Newport, Shropshire, TF10 7RR;
Telford Repair Cafe, Forge Urban Revival, The Wakes, Theatre Square, Oakengates, Telford, TF2 6EP;
The Friendly Transport Service, 57 High Street, Broseley, Shropshire, TF12 5EY;
The Harry Johnson Trust, Lower Farm, Vennington, Westbury, Shrewsbury, SY5 9RG;
The Movement Centre, Building 106, Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, Oswestry, SY10 7AG;
The Myfam Project, 79 Upper Road, Madeley, Telford, TF7 5DH;
The Plantation Wood, 1-3 Willow Street, Ellesmere, Shropshire, SY12 0AL;
Touched By A Suicide; care of 22, Margaret Court, Ketley, Telford, TF1 5DA;
West Mercia Search and Rescue, care of RCF, Park Lane East, Tipton, DY4 8RF.