ISLAND CHARITIES BENEFIT FROM LATEST £10,000 WIGHT AID GRANT

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The Wight AID Foundation has granted a total of £10,142 to 4 local charities in their latest round of grant applications. 

Wight AID raises funds from Island companies, investors and individuals looking for an effective way to support our unique community and distributes to a range of charities and good causes on the Isle of Wight.

Thanks to continued donations, these Isle of Wight-based charities have received funding:

• Sensory Swim have been granted £2,808 towards their project with Waterside Pool. The charity, as part of Waterside Pool, provides swimming lessons to all children on the Island who have autism, sensory and learning disabilities.

• The Historic Ryde Society have been granted £2,800 towards purchasing furniture, electronics and information boards. Historic Ryde Society (HRS) promotes the history of Ryde and its people. With the money granted to them by Wight AID they are aiming to be able to put on display the hundreds of items that are currently in storage and to improve the security of the artefacts that they hold.

• Brading Community Partnership have been granted £1,500 towards purchasing furniture and maps. BCP provides a hub for the community and has been running a successful youth club for more than 40 years, catering for roughly 140 children aged 8-18. The IOW Council has recently cut funding for the Youth Club and therefore BCP has now formed as a Charity.

• Vectis Radio have been granted £3,034 towards purchasing a Transmitter and a Signal Processor. They provide training opportunities for people with learning difficulty, disabilities and other social issues to improve communication skills, confidence and self-esteem by means of radio broadcasting.

The trustees expect to make the next distribution of funds in January 2018, with a deadline for applications by the 31st December 2017. More information about how to support Wight AID, and how to apply for a grant can be found at www.wightaid.org.

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