Charitable Foundation Provides Support to Local Groups

14 March 2014

Gwent Wildlife Web News

Two local charities have been announced as recipients of much-needed financial awards from Monmouthshire Building Society Charitable Foundation.

Gwent Wildlife Trust received an award of £500 in order to purchase tools and protective equipment to help establish local ‘Wildlife Warriors’ groups. The Wildlife Warriors project involves training teams of young people to become Reserve Rangers who undertake habitat works on three Gwent Wildlife Trust nature reserves.

Established in 1963, Gwent Wildlife Trust is responsible for the protection and enhancement of the environment and its wildlife across Gwent. In the last 12 months alone, Gwent Wildlife Trust has worked with over 5,000 children from 40 different schools.

Alison McGach, Fundraising Manager for Gwent Wildlife Trust commented, “Today’s young people are tomorrow’s decision makers. So it’s important to provide them with the opportunities to discover the world and develop their understanding of it through key topics such as the natural environment, sustainability, citizenship and traditional heritage skills. We are only able to continue our programme of activities with support from bodies such as Monmouthshire Building Society Charitable Foundation.”

Sea Cadets MBSCF Web News

Ross & Monmouth Sea Cadets were also awarded funding by the Charitable Foundation in order to purchase much-needed computer equipment. The match-funded £250 donation has been used to purchase a projector and a laptop which will help the brigade access the digital learning requirements of their new national training programme.

Established in 1999, Ross and Monmouth Sea Cadets are a uniformed youth organisation, based on the traditions of the Royal Navy. Young people of both sexes are welcome from the ages of 10 to 18, and they are given an opportunity to develop their existing talents as well as the chance to learn new skills such as sailing, canoeing, abseiling and rock climbing.

Lieutenant Adrian Gittens, Officer in Charge, commented, “Our core purpose is to celebrate Britain’s maritime heritage and contribute to its future development by supporting young people as Sea Cadets. As an independent registered charity, the support from the local community and bodies such as Monmouthshire Building Society Charitable Foundation are vital.”

Since 2000, Monmouthshire Building Society Charitable Foundation has contributed over £140,000 to more than 230 local organisations and charities. In the last financial year alone, the Foundation has provided support to 29 local organisations.

Penny Reeves, Chairman of the Monmouthshire Building Society Charitable Foundation, said, “The Foundation is delighted to be able to provide financial support to two worthwhile local organisations, especially since they benefit the wider community and environment as well as those who actively take part. We hope that our funding will help both the Wildlife Trust and Cadets to continue to flourish and succeed in their endeavours.”

Full information and guidance on how to apply to the Charitable Foundation can be found here.

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