As we move into the last month of the year, it’s time to announce the fourth and final winner of this year’s Proud to be Local charity initiative. The votes cast through Facebook, email and in person at our Kingsfold store have all been counted, and we can now reveal that the winner is …
Congratulations to the QEII school, which thanks to its supporters picked up an impressive 370 votes, and will take home the prize of £500 to be spent on a project of its choice.
Based in Horsham, the QEII School was awarded West Sussex Special School of the Year 2018, and provides education to children between the ages of 2-19 with severe learning difficulties and disabilities.
Helen Elphick, Headteacher of Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee School, said:
"Thank you so much to everyone who voted for us. We are really proud to be involved with our local community through a variety of projects and opportunities. This funding will enable us to purchase much-needed resources for our playground that our children will really benefit from and will enhance their learning opportunities outside the classroom.”
Our Managing Director, Rex Nye, added:
“Congratulations to the QEII Silver Jubilee School on its well-deserved win. We hope the money will go some way to helping finish the important projects it has planned.
And commiserations to the two runners-up, The Secret Garden Sanctuary and Amber Pre-School, two more worthy causes. We hope they will be nominated again for another chance to win funding when Proud to be Local returns in 2020.”
“The initiative has been a huge success, and we are indeed proud to have been able to support the four local groups that won funding this year, and we also offer our thanks to everyone who voted in each round. It’s wonderful to see so many people getting involved in their local community.”
That’s it for Proud to be Local for 2019, but we look forward to continuing the scheme in the new year when more local groups and charities will have the chance to win funds for a building project that will make a difference to people’s lives.