Blundell’s School in Tiverton set up a fund with Devon Community Foundation in 2009, to support community work locally forever. This year they had £4,500 available to give away to community projects making a real difference. Working alongside the excellent Blundell’s Charity Committee we came up with a plan so the students could help decide which charities would benefit from their fund.
The Foundation put together a list of four charities doing fantastic work locally and every tutor group at Blundell’s was asked to vote for which they felt deserved the funding (max of two). In addition, there was a £1,000 ‘jackpot’ at the Blundell’s UNPLUGGED music event on 23 March and our Development Director Scott Walker had the opportunity to tell the 200 or so attendees about the Foundation and the four charities.
There was then a vote on the night to decide who got the extra £1,000. Unite Young Carers got the UNPLUGGED vote and just over 40% of the total pot and said:
“Thank you to the staff and pupils at Blundells for voting Unite. As one of the Kids Who Care Activities Co-ordinators I can assure you that every penny will be put to good use in giving our young carers respite from their caring roles at Club Nights and monthly activities. We offer our young carers time to have fun and forget about their caring roles for a few hours. At our craft and paint workshop we held recently at our offices a 16 year old young carer told me ‘this is the best day of my life’.”
Young at Heart shared their excitement saying, “THANK YOU! We are delighted to receive such a generous grant award from the Blundells Fund. All monies will be used to benefit the older lonely/isolated people of Mid Devon. We are truly humbled by the kindness of Blundells and yourselves and on behalf of all our club members, we are extremely grateful. The monies will ensure that we continue to provide a valuable service for those in need.”
This event was part of the Foundation’s 20th birthday celebrations and at the launch of this last September, our Chairman Steve Hindley said,
“The astounding work that is done by organisations receiving grants from us is possible only through the donations and actions of local people. The Foundation now has over 50 different funds and an endowment of £6.1 million thanks to their generosity. Our support totals £10.6 million to 3,618 community projects across Devon, helping to change the lives of nearly 900,000 people for the better. It is so important that the people of Devon keep giving locally.”
Devon Community Foundation is a flexible and personal way for individuals and organisations to invest in local projects, helping to ensure Devon’s communities thrive. The Foundation’s philanthropy advice and grant making services are quality assured through UK Community Foundations and endorsed by the Charity Commission.