2019 has been a great year for our Proud to be Local charity initiative, with three local groups having benefitted from the scheme already. Each previous round has seen people voting in their hundreds to see their favourite candidate win funding for their chosen project. It’s wonderful to see the Sussex and Surrey communities coming together to support their local groups, and they too can be proud that they’ve contributed to the running of such treasured institutions.
Now it’s time for the last round of Proud to be Local this year. We’re inviting people to vote for their favourite local group from a list of three candidates, and the winner will once again be awarded £500 from NYEs Building Supplies to put towards a building project of their choosing.
There are three easy ways to vote:
Voting closes at midnight on Sunday 24th November 2019.
The votes will be counted and the winner announced shortly after the closing date. The three candidates are:
Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee School
Winner of West Sussex Special School of the Year 2018, the QEII School provides education to children between the ages of 2-16 with severe learning difficulties and disabilities. With 100 pupils on its books, the Horsham-based institution would use the money to improve learning opportunities through the creation of an interactive library and a sensory garden.
The Secret Garden Sanctuary
Based in Holmbury St Mary, this urban farm project was envisioned as a way to provide somewhere for vulnerable adults and children to relax and enjoy nature. With open space, fresh air and a whole range of animals to see and meet, the Secret Garden will no doubt become a valuable mental health resource in the area. Building is already under way, and the funding would go towards completing the work.
Now in its 35th year, Amber Pre-School is based on Amberley Road in Horsham and provides Early Years Education for children from two to five years of age. The school is looking to expand its offering by building an outdoor eco-play house for the children to get in touch with nature and wildlife. The funding would be put towards the creation of the building.
Any one of the candidates would be a worthy winner, but to make sure your favourite secures the funding, cast your vote before midnight on Sunday 24th November. It’s great way to show your support for the community, and the prize would also make a wonderful early Christmas present!