“Don’t be shy!”
That’s the message from the Swallowdale Children’s Trust, which has joined forces with The Gazette to give away £10,000 to deserving young people across the Fylde coast.
Nigel Law, chairman of the Trust, is encouraging groups and individuals under the age of 25 to apply for their slice of the huge cash giveaway.
He said: “The giveaway has been really successful but we would like to do more.
“Don’t be shy in sending in an application.
“It’s so easy to apply.
“Social workers and teachers might know someone who would benefit from some help.
“We’ve helped to provide bedding and beds for young children whose parents are struggling as well as funding for clothing, books and sporting equipment for young people at colleges.”
The Trust has provided assistance to disadvantaged children and adults under the age of 25 years in Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre for more than 100 years.
Mr Law added: “I’ve been involved with Swallowdale for around 10 years and we have never yet said we have to refuse an application because we are going to run out of money.
“The giveaway has been a roaring success, we are pleased to be able to help local people.”
The £10,000 Community Giveaway in conjunction with The Gazette is now in its third year.
Previous beneficiaries include Scout groups, Bispham-based TramShed Theatre Company, which works with young people with disabilities and those from disadvantaged backgrounds and children who are pursuing sporting dreams,
Last year, grants of between £100 and £1,000 were handed out.
Alexa Alderson, secretary of the Swallowdale Children’s Trust, said the grants could give a helping hand to a wide variety of deserving youngsters.
She added: “It can make a vast difference to children and young people’s lives.
“The grants could go towards tuition fees or give young people the chance to go on a Scout camp, for example.
“There is a need for help like this and a wide range of people and groups should be encouraged to apply.
“Whether it’s to support gifted and talented children or to help groups who support young people, it’s great that the Trust is able to help.
“It’s a worthwhile charity.”
Aside from the Community Giveaway, Swallowdale also considers applications every six weeks throughout the year.
For more information write to: Swallowdale Children’s Trust, PO Box 1301, Blackpool, FY1 9HD.
To apply for a grant from Swallowdale Children’s Trust as part of our £10,000 giveaway, email firstname.lastname@example.org with Swallowdale in the subject field, or write to Swallowdale Children’s Trust Community Giveaway, The Gazette, Avroe House, Avroe Crescent,Blackpool Business Park, Blackpool FY4 2DP.
Applicants are asked to explain in no more than 250 words why they deserve a grant from Swallowdale Children’s Trust, how it would be used and what a difference it would make.
Applications should arrive no later than Friday, April 24.