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Foundation launched for Sussex charities
A campaign has been launched urging people across Sussex to make regular donations to their favourite local charities and community groups.
Spring for a Year encourages supporters to set up direct debits and show their support through the fundraising website Localgiving.com/sussex created by the Sussex Community Foundation.
Donations will be matched up to £10 a month for 12 months.
This means £10 a month can turn into £240 in a year and if Gift Aid is claimed, a further £30 can be added to the donation.
Foundation organisers hope the campaign will ensure Sussex charities can count on secure funding throughout the year.
Spring for a Year will run until midday on May 3, or until a £10,000 pot has been allocated.
More than 180 Sussex charities and community groups are already registered at localgiving.com/sussex so Sussex donors can find a charity or community groups active in their neighbourhood to support.
Making a difference
Charities already online Sussex charities already online say a regular £10 donation can make a big difference.
Sally Schupke of the Wey and Arun Canal Trust, whose aim is to restore the whole 23-mile length of the Wey and Arun Canal, said: “£10 would pay for ten local bricks for restoration of a bridge or lock and £25 would pay for one tonne of ballast.
“We are safeguarding and restoring a unique piece of our industrial heritage and continued funding is required to get that last piece completed.”
All About Kids in Hassocks, gives troubled children the chance to have fun and gives troubled children the chance to have fund and gain self-confidence through activities like rock-climbing, swimming and cycling.
A £10 donation would pay for two children attending a residential break with three home-cooked meals a day.
Brighton and Hove City Mission says £10 would go towards energy bills for a needy family and £75 would supply a 'Start Up Home' pack, providing all essential domestic housewares to a homeless family being rehoused in council accommodation.
The foundation raises funds for, and gives grants to, local charities and community groups in Sussex.
It has awarded almost £5m since it launched in 2006.
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