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Cherries Community Fund continue to help worthy causes in the local area

Steve Fletcher on a community visit posing for a photo with a number of children.

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The Cherries Community Fund distributed more money into the local community as part of its September batch of funding.

The fund, which was officially launched in February 2016, aims to provide financial assistance to community projects that help vulnerable groups, young people, or those that promote a healthy lifestyle in Bournemouth.

Since the launch of the Fund, money has been donated to worthy causes in the community, with the first tranche of donations being distributed in May and the second in July.

AFC Bournemouth chairman Jeff Mostyn, head of community Steve Cuss and Cherries' winger Marc Pugh meet quarterly to see which worthy causes to donate to.

Funding for the Cherries Community Fund comes from the popular Matchday Draw and other club donations.

The next set of funds have been distributed as below:

-          £1,000 donated to the Fortune Centre of Riding Therapy to assist with the roof refurbishment above student living accommodation. The Fortune Centre of Riding invites horse-motivated students with special needs to relate more successfully to others and to have greater and more appropriate control over their own lives through riding therapy.


-          £750 donated to the Pavilion Dance programme at QE School towards coach transportation costs to offer students the opportunity to perform at other venues.


-          £700 donated to Townsend Youth Partnership to purchase new sofas for the youth centre to replace the current torn and damaged ones.


-          £700 donated to the Samee Project in Boscombe to provide a safe space in Boscombe for the public to provide a support network for the public benefit which breaks down the perceived barriers to work.  The donation will cover the cost of printers and IT equipment to assist members of the public with CV’s, and interview support.


-          £1,000 donated to Wessex Warriors Powerchair Football Club to support the associated costs of entering a team into the South East Powechair Football League for this season, including the transport of the players specialised wheelchairs in order to compete on fixture dates.


-          A contribution of £500 to Friends of Highcliffe School towards rain shelters to enable children to be able to go outside all year round.


-          A contribution of £500 to assist with the purchasing of prostate cancer testing kits for a Dorset PCaSO at Parley Rotary Club, to encourage men of all ages to be tested.


-          £1,000 donated to Abbeyfield House to assist with the funding of a sensory garden at Abbeyfield House. Abbeyfield House is run by The Wessex society who have a number of sheltered homes designed for elderly but independent people.


-          £681.99 donated to The Bourne Academy Youth Dance Company to assist with the purchasing of equipment to set up a 1-hour dance session every week for children aged 12-16.


-          A contribution to the Jewell Academy School for new football goals for the children to use during PE and community projects.



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