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Cash For Your Community: 105 groups apply for £20,000 giveaway

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

More than 100 charities and good causes have applied to take part in this year’s Cash For Your Community £20,000 giveaway.

Our panel of judges will now begin the tough task of selecting the 35 organisations which will receive a share of the fund after a total of 105 applications were received by the deadline on Saturday.

Once more, we are teaming up with our partners at Enterprise Flex-E-Rent to provide financial help to voluntary organisations across Shropshire and Mid Wales.

The process of verifying the details of all the applications is now under way. And on Wednesday our judging panel, made up of representatives of the Shropshire Star and Enterprise Flex-E-Rent – will decide on the final 35 groups to take part.

Shropshire Star editor Martin Wright said: “Cash For Your Community is one of the highlights of the year, and once again we have received a fantastic response.

“As usual there are a lot of very strong applications this year, so it will be an extremely difficult task for our judges deciding which applications should be included.”

The scheme is now in its fourth year and has already seen £60,000 shared out among dozens of charities, community groups and sports societies.

Once the 35 groups have been selected brief profiles will be featured in a special edition of the Shropshire Star. Readers will then be invited to choose which groups they want to support by collecting tokens printed each day in the newspaper. The money will then be allocated in accordance with how many tokens have been collected.

Seven-year-old Josh Home using the 'magic carpet' at The Movement Centre under the guidance of Pauline Holbrook

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The biggest winner last year was The Movement Centre, based in Gobowen, which provides pioneering therapies for youngsters with cerebral palsy and other conditions which affect their mobility.

The charity, based on the site of the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt orthopaedic hospital, received £5,000. Part of the money went towards the cost of a machine known as the “magic carpet”, which helps children regain lost movement.

The charity’s head of fundraising, Victoria Handbury-Madin, said she was amazed by the public response to the scheme.

“It was fantastic for us, it was a complete surprise,” she says.

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“We had no idea we would be in the top three, we were just delighted to have been selected.

“As well as getting the money, all the coverage in the Shropshire Star was really good, and it was lovely to meet the people from the other organisations.”

In second place was Wellington Cottage Care Trust, which runs a day care centre in the former Wellington Cottage Care Hospital.

The charity, which had topped the table for the previous two years, received £2,000.

Willey Cricket Club, which came third, received £1,000, which will be used to pay for coaching its youngsters.

Ironbridge Lions and Rotary Clubs may have potentially saved lives when they launched a prostate screening event in March.

The charities screened 412 men, and of those 39 were flagged for urgent referral.

Visit our partners Enterprise Flex-E-Rent's website at www.flexerent.co.uk

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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