Organisations in Barrow and Ulverston and Millom can still win £1,000 in charity giveaway
Last updated at 13:05, Wednesday, 27 November 2013
TWO £1,000 payments from a £3,000 charity December cash giveaway are still up for grabs for organisations in Barrow and South Cumbria - but hurry, applications need to be in by Monday.
Sandside Lodge School is the latest in a string of good causes to be awarded a £1,000 monthly grant from the Lake District Farmers Armstrong Family Charitable Fund.The fund was set up by the late Ray Armstrong, a Barrow businessman and philanthropist, and Dan Austin, managing director of Lake District Farmers.
To mark the festive period, the fund is donating £3,000 – three separate £1,000 donations – to the community.
£1,000 has already been donated and a further £2,000 is still available.
Lake District Farmers managing director Dan Austin said: “I think in December it’s a time when people struggle to give money to charity because there’s a lot of expense at this time of year. So we just thought we could make a little difference and give more at a time when charities struggle to get money from elsewhere.”
Every month, the Evening Mail helps to give away £1,000 from the trust to a charitable group in the area.
The closing date for the extra two £1,000 donations this month is Monday, December 2.
So far this year £25,000 has been donated in the late Ray Armstrong’s name to community groups and individuals thanks to the inaugural celebrity chef event held at Clarence House Hotel in Dalton earlier this year.
A whole range of groups have benefited from the Lake District Farmers Armstrong Family Charitable Fund.
Monthy donations of £1,000 have been made to:
Furness Young Carers, which provides a sanctuary for children coping with responsibility beyond their years aged between five and 18
1 Voice Lakes and Bay, a national organisation which supports children and young people who cannot speak and rely on aids to communicate
Silverdale Supported Housing, which helps provide disadvantaged youngsters aged 16 to 24 with somewhere to live while giving them support they need to make a good start in life
Ormsgill Youth and Community Assocation, which runs a youth club twice a week for young people aged seven to 16 and hosts regular community activities for the over-18s
Leonard Cheshire Disability, which provides a youth service specifically for people with Asperger’s syndrome and brings youngsters with and without disabilities together at their youth clubs
Age UK Barrow and District’s Men in Sheds project, which is part of the RespectAbility project run by Age UK enabling older people to participate in social activities to encourage social interaction and training opportunities
17th Barrow (St Perrans) Scouts, which received money towards reliable transport.
Sandside Lodge School, which has almost 70 children with severe or profound multiple learning difficulties
Jack Bennett, who has cerebral palsy, received money towards a tailor-made second-skin body suit which will transform his
The fund has also made donations to Ostley House Home For The Blind (£2,500), Barrow Foodbank (£2,500), Families Matter (£2,500), Macmillan Cancer Care (£2,000), Harrison’s Fun Fund (£1,000), Ben Plinston (£1,000), Legacy Cumbria Friendship Group (£1,500) and St Mary’s Hospice (£1,000), Duncan House (£500), St Paul’s Scout Group (£500), Brathay Trust (£500) and Rachel Askew (£500).
Now those behind the Lake District Farmers Armstrong Family Charitable Fund are aiming to raise thousands more pounds for the community by launching a second event next year.
Top chefs from London will again come to Furness and cook special menus for the three-night event at Clarence House, Dalton on Friday January 31, and Saturday and Sunday, February 1 and 2.
Top Cumbrian chef Simon Rogan, who has just been named the chef at Claridge’s, will cook a six-course meal with Brett Graham of The Ledbury on the Friday night.
Saturday night will be a Goodmans Steak Night.
And the Galvin Brothers and Angela Hartnett will cook on the Sunday night.
Profits raised from the events will be pumped straight back into the local community.
When Barrow businessman Mr Armstrong was suffering terminal cancer earlier this year, he was passionate about organising the event to raise money for worthy causes.
Mr Armstrong, who was boss of PKA and Lake District Farmers, wanted to ensure £1,000 was donated to community groups every month, by applicants making bids to the fund through the Evening Mail, with the winners of the money being featured in this newspaper on the first Monday of every month.
Since Mr Armstrong’s death, his family, the Lake District Farmers, and The Evening Mail have continued to work together to ensure his legacy lives on.
Launching the second celebrity chef event in aid of the fund, Dan Austin, managing director of Lake District Farmers, said: “Ray was so passionate about charity and passionate about helping people.
“His best legacy will always be his family but we wanted to give him a charity legacy. He certainly made it very clear that he wanted us to continue that legacy.”
On giving out the money every month, Mr Austin said: “To see the difference it’s made, when I handed the first cheque out as I walked away I thought ‘We’ve genuinely changed a family’s life’. It takes you in and you fall in love with helping people, it’s made me realise why Ray was so passionate about helping people.
“We said from day one that we didn’t want to give to the big national charities, and that’s no disrespect to those charities. W e wanted to give it where we could see it make a real difference in the local community.”
Jonathan Lee, editor and publisher of the Evening Mail said: “Whenever we hand over a cheque every month we always say it is about Ray, his family and the Lake District Farmers. They have been incredibly generous to help the local community in this way.
“It’s heartwarming to see the difference this money makes right here in the heart of our community.
“We are honoured that Ray wanted us to be involved in this way, and that his family and Dan and the team at Lake District Farmers want to continue that work.
“I am sure people will again snap up tickets for the celebrity chef event knowing that they are going to have a great night, and that all the profits will again go to help some great causes in our community.”
Mr Austin added: “Without the chefs, and without the Barrow public supporting it, this is just an idea. It is the chefs and the diners that make it real and turn it into something that works.
“To the Barrow public, even if they can’t attend, anything they can give will make a difference.
“If Ray were here he’d certainly be the one organising everything.
“I think he would be very proud. I know this is something that Ray wanted to continue forever and we want it to carry on. So as long as the support is there we will continue to do it for nothing.”
Tickets for the celebrity chef event to be held next year cost £100, champagne reception included. To buy a ticket call Sarah Earley on 01229 870168.
First published at 16:34, Monday, 07 October 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
Your organisation could be the recipient of the next £1,000 from the Lake District Farmers Armstrong Family Charitable Fund.
Just fill in the form above and submit by Monday November 25.
The next recipient will be announced in the Evening Mail Monday December 2.
Those who have already submitted applications need not resubmit.
Their applications will be taken into consideration when the next £1,000 is allocated.
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