West Sussex Community Chest’s £15,000 for good causes

Launch of the Hall and Woodhouse 2011 Community Chest. Mark Woodhouse at the Black Swan, Pease Pottage.
Launch of the Hall and Woodhouse 2011 Community Chest. Mark Woodhouse at the Black Swan, Pease Pottage.
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VOLUNTEER organisations, charities and community groups across West Sussex are encouraged to claim a share of £15,000 following the launch of the 2011 Hall and Woodhouse West Sussex Community Chest.

Grants for between £300 and £3000 can be requested for the funding of equipment, transport, training, furniture, professional assistance, and specific project resources.

To apply go to www.hall-woodhouse.co.uk and return to Hall and Woodhouse by May 2, 2011.

Hall and Woodhouse own 51 pubs in West Sussex, as well as the famous Badger beer brand and brewery in Dorset, and it was at the Black Swan in Pease Pottage that this year’s Community Chest was launched recently.

Mark Woodhouse, Hall and Woodhouse chairman and the driving force behind the Community Chest told assembled guests and local dignitaries that he ‘passionately believes a company cannot succeed without the support of its community’ and that he is ‘absolutely delighted’ therefore to launch the fourth annual West Sussex Community Chest.

The West Sussex County Times, and its sister titles, has been a media partner of the scheme since it first launched, along with local radio station Spirit FM.

Mark Woodhouse stressed how important local support for the charitable scheme is.

He said: “We could not work without the support of our local community. It’s really important that we have the support of the West Susex County Times, we are so grateful, without the paper the Community Chest would not be as effective as it is today.”

Editor-in-chief Gary Shipton said: “Once again we are delighted to work with Hall and Woodhouse, particularly in these straitened economic times.

“The Community Chest plays a vital role in assisting community projects in West Sussex for the benefit of all.”

The Springboard project in Horsham helps children with disabilities, and it was delighted to receive a grant of £1,500 for the installation of a bubble therapy room last year.

Other successful applicants have been The Jigsaw Trust, which benefited from £350 to buy toys for children with autism; Charms, whose members enjoyed their Christmas party with a grant of £300; and Crawley Shopmobility, which received £1,750 for new vehicles.

The closing date for applications is May 2, 2011. The application form and further information is also available at www.hall-woodhouse.co.uk.