Presentation of Rye Fund awards at Rye Town Hall
2015 AWARDS PRESENTED BY RYE MAYOR
Rye Fund's annual awards presentation was held at the Town Hall last Wednesday, January 20. The eight voluntary organisation award winners were welcomed by John Holbrook, chairman of the Rye Fund local panel and were presented with certificates by the Mayor, Cllr Bernadine Fiddimore.
Also present were Laura Williams of the Sussex Community Foundation and other members of the Rye Fund panel and steering group.
Each award recipient was invited in turn to outline their group’s project and purpose for which the grants would be used. This gave an interesting window on their often unsung contributions to the local community.
|Lizzie Chapman representing Age UK |
told the assembly that the £300 award
would help cover the cost of the Christmas party
for 20 older people from Brede and the surrounding area.
|Samantha Birks - Camber After School Club |
said the £1000
would be used to run cookery classes
for children to learn how to cook and eat healthily;
|Vera Papaspyrou - Counselling PlusCommunity|
would put the £1000 award towards
their hardship fund for local residents.
|Jo Kirkham - Rye Museum Association, |
will spend the £353 grant
on a new laminator
for protecting literature and display materials;
|Pat Hughes - Rye and District Community Transport |
would use the £1000 grant
towards running costs for the 326 bus route;
|Debbie Perfitt - 1st Rye Scout Group |
to help pay for finishing off the front of the new Scout Centre
and providing fencing and hard surface areas for activities.
|Jo Devlia - St Michael's Hospice, |
to support Hospice at Home visits to Rye beneficiaries;
Dan Lake - Tilling Green Residents Association
received a grant of £500
towards start-up costs towards establishing the
Association as a community interest company.
FOUNDING MEMBER OF STEERING GROUP STEPS DOWN
The other news item is that Robert Bromley who was one of the founding members of the Rye Fund has resigned from the steering group.
Kenneth Bird, the steering group chairman thanked Robert Bromley for his contribution over the last nine years to the formation and development of this community fund. This has now reached the £100,000 total endowment sum, enabling annual grants to be made to voluntary organisations in Rye and District at a sustainable level even in these times of economic difficulty.
He also expressed appreciation for the input of the Sussex Community Foundation in managing the fund's resources and so competently providing team support.