Nothing puts a smile on our face more than helping local good causes. So, it was with great pleasure that we awarded £500 to our first Proud to be Local winner in recognition of its impressive work.
Following a huge response to the public vote, our first community fund winner was announced as Horsham-based group 4TheYouth. The fund is part of our county-wide campaign to showcase and support four different community groups and charities in Sussex during 2018. The group won after receiving a huge number of votes via our various voting channels – from our in-store voting box to our Facebook page.
4TheYouth is a charity set up to run youth projects for young people in the Horsham district and surrounding areas.
The group runs five generic youth club sessions for young people, who can choose to take part in sports activities, play games and develop new skills. The £500 will be used to buy equipment for its brand new Saturday club, The Woodland Project. Using a Forest Schools’ approach, the club will run bush craft activities for 8-12 year olds.
Dean Sweet, who is one of the directors at 4TheYouth, said:
“We are absolutely delighted to have won. £500 will make a huge difference to our group. We plan to buy cooking equipment and food to support our Woodland Project and get lots more children out in the fresh air learning and enjoying themselves.”
Managing Director at D.W. Nye, Rex Nye, added:
“As a local, family-run business, we are really keen to make sure we support the community around us. We were pleased to present 4TheYouth with the very first of the funds for our Proud to be Local campaign and look forward to helping more groups and charities throughout the year.”
Hearing about the work that 4TheYouth undertakes, and on visiting the group, it’s clearly important that provision is made for children in this age range, as it’s such an important stage for developing self-confidence and social skills. The charity has actively taken on the provision of many of the youth clubs in the Horsham district following funding cuts, which makes the work that it does even more important. We look forward to hearing how The Woodland Project develops over the next year.
The good news is, more opportunities to secure £500 for your charitable organisation or group are still available. Our next round of nominations is underway, and we’re on the look-out for a second Sussex cause. If you’re a school, sports club, charity or group, you can make a nomination by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and telling us how the money would benefit your work. Alternatively, nominations can be sent to D.W. Nye Proud to be Local c/o PMW Communications, Stane Court, Stane Street, Billingshurst RH14 9HP.
Please ensure a contact name and telephone number is included. Nominations should be submitted by midnight on Sunday 13th May 2018. The winner will be notified by Monday 21st May 2018. Good luck to our next candidates, we look forward to hearing about the exceptional work taking place in our community!