Grant Success thanks to our Fundraising Team!
The Orchard Trust has been given a great boost for its various on-going and upcoming projects recently due to the hard work of our fundraising pair Caroline Jones and Jamie Powell.
Caroline and Jamie have been focusing on grant application since last year and have already brought in a substantial amount of money.
The biggest success so far is the grants awarded for the Trusts accessibility project at the Stowfield site which plans to enable people with disabilities to access much more of the Smallholding and get closer to the animals at the site.
The Stowfield site has been expanding over the past 18 months, creating a wider community involvement through children’s summer clubs and Forest Schools, external organisations such as Mindscape and Men in Sheds and our own day services for people with disabilities.
The fundraising team have managed to secure:
£10,000 from the Big Lottery Awards For All
£8,000 from Tesco Bags of Help
£1500 from AllChurches Fund
£5,000 from the Summerfield Trust
and a huge £21,500 from the Gloucestershire Environmental Trust.
The money will be used to improve access at the site by creating and rebuilding pathways, building viewing platforms and installing new fencing.
Keep an eye on our website and social media for updates on the project and ways that you can get involved.
The next project in the pipeline at this site is to have a fully accessible wheelchair friendly playground, and thanks again to Caroline and Jamie they have found funding and purchased the first piece of equipment, a wheelchair accessible swing. Grants for this item were £500 from Gloucestershire Disability Foundation, £2,000 from Active Together and £1000 from Cash4Clubs, the amount was topped up by donations of £100 and £160 from Friends of the Orchard Trust quiz night.
This is an exciting time for the Trust and Caroline and Jamie are using their grant knowledge to benefit the whole Trust with applications for our sensory garden at Coleford, plans for a sensory room upgrade at Ruardean and new sheds and porches for the homes in Stowfield.
Gareth Jones CEO said “ Caroline and Jamie have worked tremendously hard in raising funds which will have a great impact on not only the people who live with us but the wider Forest of Dean community”