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Plymouth Drake Foundation

I am really pleased to help support a wonderful community charity in Plymouth. I have many clients and friends in the City so it is great to give something back.

Our purpose is developing wealthy, healthy and lively communities in Plymouth. We aim to achieve this by providing grants to Plymouth’s voluntary and community sector.

Grants on offer include:

• VCS Training Fund: £1-£100 for training for organisations with a turnover less than £100k

• Youth Hardship Fund: Funding for young people in need. Managed by the Plymouth Zone

• Grassroots Endowment Fund: Small grants for Plymouth based voluntary and community organisations. Delivered by Devon Community Foundation

Since 2008 the Plymouth Drake Foundation has awarded has given grants out of over £530,000 to over 250 Plymouth Community Groups.

Supporters and ambassadors of the Plymouth Drake Foundation gathered on Plymouth Hoe in September to recognise organisations and individuals that go that extra mile for their Plymouth Community.

Three awards were made:

• Plymouth University Award Student Volunteer, won by Simon Stringer of Plymouth for his super volunteering efforts that have seen him become Senior Project Leader and contributed over 846 hours of volunteering despite the increased pressure in his studies.

A delighted Simon said: “I was amazed to hear from the team that I had won and am very grateful. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment I spent volunteering and fundraising while at Plymouth University and hope to continue throughout my future.”

• Plymouth City Council Award for an organisation or individual won by KIDZ R US; they bring parents together and help them achieve academically through training and other various skills and then transfer these skills back into the community, particularly to children aged 3 – 12 years.

Mary Whitehall of KIDZ R US “We would like to say a huge thank you to Chaz Singh for the nomination and recognition, this Kids club has been a huge success and we are extremely proud of our hard work that paid off in our team. Receiving the award on Wednesday 24th has driven our motivation levels to push harder and widen our commitment for the children and us, as volunteers. We are all still in complete shock for winning.”

• Our own award, the Plymouth Drake Foundation, nominated by members of the general public won by Ambers Angels Trust a group that support children that currently suffer and those who have survived child abuse.

Amber Haigh “Wow what a wonderful evening – I’d like to say a big massive thank you to all of my volunteers for your help and support, also to everyone else who has helped me on this magnificent journey. Thank you very much to the Plymouth Drake Foundation for this fantastic award - I am very honoured to even have been considered for such an award so to go on and win is a magical moment that I will cherish.”

Paul Read, the charities new Chief Executive gave a motivating speech at the close of the evening and launched the new Friends Challenge which is in partnership with Santander.

Help us complete this challenge by becoming a Friend for £10 a year and Santander will match your donation.

Royal William Yard , Plymouth