AFC Bournemouth’s Cherries Community Fund rounded off 2016 by donating nearly £6000 to worthy causes in the local area.
That means the total donations by the Fund across the year have surpassed the £21,000 mark, and assisted over 30 local projects in the inaugral year of the project.
The Fund was launched last January and has now distributed its fourth batch of funding for the year into the community, with a panel of chairman Jeff Mostyn, winger Marc Pugh and head of community Steve Cuss decided where the final payments of the year would be made.
- £500 donated to Safe DATE (Domestic Abuse Training and Education). Safe DATE is a free healthy relationship workshop that is offered to schools, colleges and youth groups in order to prevent the youth of today becoming victims of violence and abuse in the future. Safe DATE run over 16 sessions over 4 days and expect to deliver workshops to 500 young people. The money donated by the Cherries Community Fund is being used to pay for information packs to be put together and given out at the end of the sessions.
- £679.16 donated to St Clements Sports Club. St Clements Sports Club work closely with AFC Bournemouth’s Community Sports Trust in providing various sports activity days. The donation is being used to assist with the purchasing of new sports equipment.
- £1,000 donated to the Russell-Cotes Art Museum Art of Wellbeing Project. The Russell-Cotes museum will be running an exhibition called the Art of Wellbeing which offers workshops covering sketching, painting, sculpture, photography and creative writing to inspire and encourage artists whom are users of the Mental Health Services in Bournemouth. The exhibition will be run from 15th May – 11th June and will display the work of between 25-50 artists. The funds donated from the Fund will assist with the costs for a professional artist to carry out the workshops.
- Signed shirt donated to Matthew Adams to assist him with the fundraising for a new strikeforce wheelchair which are specifically made for Powerchair football.
- £500.00 donated to Branksome United under-14s, to assist them with the funding required to purchase a new match kit.
- £1,000 donated to the Shine Project. The Shine project is a local registered charity working with young teenage girls. Over the last 10 years Shine has impacted over 1220 young lives by running eight-week health and wellbeing courses in schools, youth centres and with other charities. Shine run hourly sessions promoting physical and mental health and each session includes discussion, games and practical activity. The money donated to Shine will assist with covering the cost of a further two eight week courses.
- £1,000 donated to St Peter’s School, to assist with funding for mobile 11-A-side football goals for use by boys and girls at St Peter’s school.
- £1,000 donated to Moordown St John’s School. The swimming pool at MSJ was opened in 1969 and has been providing swimming lessons to children and adults ever since. The pool is used by a number of local primary schools, swimming clubs and groups and sees around 700 swimmers each week. Given the usage the pool is in need off a few refurbishments such as new tiles, regrouting the pool, and a deep clean. The money donated by the fund will assist with the refurbishments.