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In September 2018 HFAC received a generous donation of £3,174 from The Stragglers Club, a local running club based in the London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames. This donation was gratefully received and will be forwarded to MTV Youth, a youth club that provides activities, including sports, for young people in the Hampton area. We would like to thank all the members and runners who took part in the fundraising event.
Every year those of pensionable age receive a Winter Fuel Payment of between £100 and £300 from the DWP to keep their homes warm. These payments are made regardless of whether an individual is on low income or not. This year we have received a few donations from individuals who have received their Winter Fuel Payments but feel they are not in need and have asked for the money to be awarded to those who are on low income and are struggling to pay their bills this winter. Our charity very much appreciates these kind gestures that will help those in need in our local area of benefit.
Our office will be closed for Christmas from Friday 21 December 2018 and open again on Monday 7th January 2019.
In October 2018 the Trustees awarded £193,700 to 10 local community groups and charities.
Orange Tree Theatre is a registered charity and limited company that provides a wide theatre programme to benefit the local community. This includes their Education and Participation Programme that introduces Shakespeare to school age children, an autism-specific participation programme to benefit young audiences with special educational needs and a weekly community theatre group for Over 60s. A grant of £6,000 will go towards broadening the autistic specific participation programme, delivering a year-round provision of accessible performances and towards the Over 60s theatre group.
Linden Hall Community Centre provides a range of activities for the local community in Hampton, including elderly day care services, parent / toddler sessions, and fitness and sports classes. A grant of £22,500 will go towards the salary of the Services Centre Manager whose role it is to manage the day to day running of the centre and further develop its programme to benefit the local community.
Richmond Music Trust is a charity that provides a variety of music services to children and young people across the London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames. These include individual and group tuition in a range of musical instruments, ensemble provision (e.g. bands and orchestral work) and music therapy sessions to support young people and adults who have a range of needs (e.g. learning disability, autism, and ADHD). A grant of £28,000 will go towards the charity’s remission scheme that enables children and young people from low income families to access music lessons at a reduced price. Approximately 100 children and young people within HFAC’s area will benefit from the scheme this year.
Horse Rangers Association supports the development of children and young people aged 8 to 25 through teaching how to ride and care for horses. It is also a member of the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA). The charity is divided into Squadrons, five of which (1-5) are for riders with no or low additional needs and two Squadrons (6-7) for those with higher level of special needs and disabilities. The charity organises several annual events where the Squadron members can compete and display the riding skills they have acquired. Those with disabilities are integrated into these mainstream activities where possible. Horse riding has been proven to have many therapeutic benefits and can improve posture, core strength, as well as communication and social skills. A grant of £10,000 will go towards the Horse Rangers Association’s RDA work (Squadrons 6 and 7) enabling a number of children and young people from HFAC’s area of benefit to access this valuable provision at a reduced cost.
We are now accepting fuel grant applications for our Individual Grants Panel Meeting in January 2019. The deadline date for applications is Friday 14 December 2018.
If you are thinking of changing fuel suppliers and would like to benefit from our fuel grants please contact us before switching over. This is because we are unable to work with all the suppliers in the market. Currently we only work with the following companies: British Gas, Co-operative Energy, EDF, EON, Npower, Scottish Power, SSE (Southern Electric) and Utility Warehouse. If you would like to know more, please call us on: 020 8941 7866.