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Member Community Fund grant awards

Helping good causes close to our members' hearts

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Final LV= Member Community Fund Winner - Nomination period 1 April to 30 June 2017

We’re proud to let you know that the final Member Community Fund award of £10,000 has been split equally between two very worthy charities. Voted for by our members they’ll each receive £5,000.

Nomination period 1 January to 31 March 2017

The Pod - Celebrating Diversity

Find out about The Pod and what our £10,000 donation means to them by reading our story.

Nomination period 1 October to 31 December 2016

Dove Cottage Day Hospice

Dove Cottage Day Hospice

Following the nominations received in the final quarter of 2016, the £10,000 charity donation has been given to Dove Cottage Day Hospice in Rutland, Leicestershire. The charity was nominated by LV= member Aileen from Melton Mowbray.

Dove Cottage Day Hospice provides day care for up to 20 people each week who are living with cancer and other progressive conditions and provides support one day a week for the patient’s carers and families. The hospice is a homely and peaceful environment and the majority of the charity’s funding comes from local fundraising events and donations.

The LV= donation will allow the hospice to renovate the conservatory and other areas outside of the building, as well as refurbishing the patient day care lounge and dining areas. They will be replacing the carpets and curtains which are in desperate need of repair. The refurbishment will give the hospice the uplift it needs to allow the patients and their families to spend their time in a more comfortable environment.

For further information about Dove Cottage Day Hospice, please visit their website.

I can’t tell you how delighted we are with the £10,000 donation. It will make a massive difference to us as we never really have any spare money to do refurbishments.

Chris Gatfield, Registered Manager, Dove Cottage Day Hospice

Nomination period 1 July to 30 September 2016

Lost Chord

Musical instruments

Following the nominations received in the third quarter of 2016, we are pleased to announce that the £10,000 donation from our Member Community Fund will be given to the charity, Lost Chord. The charity was nominated by LV= member Christine Cornwell from Sheffield who put forward Lost Chord to the fund’s administrators as a tribute to her close friend Joan Young.

The charity provides vital interactive musical experiences for people living with dementia in care homes and day centres across the region and nationally. The £10,000 donation will enable Lost Chord to provide a session each month in seven residential homes for another year, which will have a major impact on the lives of 150 people living with dementia.

For more information on the charity 'Lost Chord' please visit their website.

We had already received an extremely generous gift from donations at Joan’s funeral but then to receive an extra £10,000 was more than we could ever have hoped for.

Helena Muller, Chief Executive, Lost Chord

Nomination period 1 April to 30 June 2016

Life Education Wessex

Photo of Life Education Wessex being awarded £10,000

Following the nominations received in the second quarter of 2016, we are delighted to announce that Life Education Wessex has been selected to receive a donation of £10,000 from our Member Community Fund. They were nominated by our member Paul, from Bournemouth.

Life Education Wessex works with children aged 3-13, to teach them about issues they may face as they grow up, including:

  • Healthy eating
  • Drugs and alcohol
  • Forming positive friendships
  • Valuing their own self-worth
  • Bullying and peer-pressure

The programmes offered by Life Education Wessex help children to develop the ability to make positive choices about their health and make informed decisions. The children are empowered with the skills and self-confidence to put their decisions into practice. Specially trained educators deliver the programmes to schools across Devon, Dorset, Hampshire and Somerset in a fleet of mobile classrooms. They ensure the learning process is fun and captures the children’s imaginations.

Life Education Wessex will be using the donation to replace some very old IT equipment and purchase a new ‘Harold’ the Giraffe hand puppet. It will also be used to launch Cyberwise, a new programme aimed at 8 to 11 year olds to help them to learn how to be respectful and safe online and to promote positive cyber citizenship.

We are truly delighted to be awarded £10,000 by the LV= Member Community Fund, following the nomination by one of your members. Our charity relies very much on the support of the local community to help us to deliver our health and wellbeing programmes to 50,000 children across the region every year. Together, we can help to ensure that children are given the opportunity to live safe, healthy and happy lives.

Lorraine Hewitt, Fundraising Manager, Life Education Wessex

Nomination period 1 January to 31 March 2016

Great North Air Ambulance

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The Great North Air Ambulance was nominated by our member Kenneth from Newton Aycliffe and chosen to receive funding of £5,000.

The Great North Air Ambulance Service operates three helicopters, 365 days a year, across the North-East, North Yorkshire and Cumbria. In 2015 GNAAS treated 818 patients. They do not receive any government or lottery funding and rely solely on the generosity of the general public. On board each aircraft are specialist trauma doctors and paramedics, who bring accident and emergency expertise to patients in difficult locations.

The donation of £5,000 from the Member Community Fund has been used to overhaul their kit bags and purchase a new thoracotomy kit. Both of these will enable them to perform lifesaving procedures more quickly and effectively.

Shape, Birmingham

Shape is a charity based in Birmingham that supports young women who have or are currently experiencing traumatic events. This could be as a result of situations such as homelessness, mental health issues or domestic abuse. They were nominated by our member Mrs Brown from Birmingham and chosen to receive funding of £5,000.

Shape provides temporary accommodation and a safe environment for these young women to grow and develop. Through services such as education, mentoring and counselling, Shape aims to empower these women and help them to achieve their full potential.

The donation of £5,000 from the Member Community Fund is being used to purchase computer equipment and training courses for the residents and staff.

Nomination period 1 October to 31 December 2015

Parkinson's UK - Scunthorpe Branch £10,000

The Scunthorpe Branch of Parkinson's UK was nominated by our member Stanley from Brigg, North Lincolnshire and chosen to receive funding of £10,000. The branch supports sufferers of Parkinson's disease and their carers from the district around Scunthorpe. They aim to improve their general quality of life by arranging a wide range of activities including social events, day trips, various exercise classes and massage sessions to aid with mobility. They also contribute towards research into the disease and provide respite for carers.

The branch is funded from donations and our Member Community Fund award will go towards purchasing equipment to enable new activities for Parkinson's disease sufferers including swimming, yoga and other physical exercise classes. The aim of these is to increase the mobility and confidence of those taking part.

Nomination period 1 July to 30 September 2015

Warsash Sea Cadets in Warsash £10,000.

Warsash Sea Cadets were nominated by our member Andrew from Southampton and chosen to receive funding of £10,000. The unit started in 2007 with just 20 cadets and has quickly developed into a well-recognised unit of 60 cadets and 25 volunteers. They aim to enable young people to experience many nautical related activities and help them progress on their personal development journey.

The unit is self-funded and our Member Community Fund award will go towards buying a safety boat, which will enable the cadets to have a safe and effective training programme in a number of water-based activities.