A Blackpool youth group is one of the first organisations to apply for funding from our £25,000 Community Giveaway.
The money is being offered in partnership with Swallowdale Children’s Trust, and Windmill Youth Development Group is hoping to be selected by Gazette readers as one of the beneficiaries of up for £5,000.
The group was founded 36 years ago by Blackpool policeman Stuart Sykes, who wanted to start up a group that offered the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.
By the time he retired from the force 11 years later, hundreds of youngsters had been put through the award.
The Windmill Group was born after Stuart took out a lease on the Great Marton Windmill.
The Group helped to renovate the inside of the windmill, and now, because of its size, it now meets at Stanley Park every week.
From its humble beginnings, the group’s aims remain the same – that young people from all walks of life are able to achieve and enjoy reaching their full potential.
Members take part in community and charity events and enjoy international expeditions.
Stuart, 72, was awarded an MBE for services to youth in 2002.
He said: “Swallowdale is a brilliant charitable organisation. I have been connected to the Swallowdale Trust for 25 years or more.
“I approach them occasionally in order to help in certain schemes taking young people on expeditions.
“We deal with young people who are impoverished; they have no money of their own. The money donated by Swallowdale allows these young people to have the experience of life which is beneficial to them in the future that they would never be able to have the chance to do other wise.”
Individual grant applications for our £25,000 giveaway will be decided by Swallowdale and The Gazette.
Readers will have the chance to vote on applications made by groups like the Windmill Youth Development Group.
Your chance to get a slice of the money
To apply for a share of the money in the Gazette’s Community Giveaway – £5,000 for groups, £1,000 for individuals, email email@example.com with Swallowdale in the subject field.
You can write to Swallowdale Children’s Trust Community Giveaway, The Gazette, c/o LEP, Olivers Place, Fulwood, Preston PR2 9ZA.
Tell us in no more than 250 words why you feel you deserve a helping hand from Swallowdale Children’s Trust, how you would specifically use a grant and what a difference it would make to you or your community group.
Add your name, address, name of organisation if applicable, and a contact telephone number.
Applications must be supported by an independent person who can verify them, and be received by Friday, May 3.
Grants will be awarded either in cash or vouchers at the discretion of Swallowdale Children’s Trust.