Alan Boswell Group Charitable Trust – Autumn 2022 update
The Alan Boswell Group Charitable Trust continues to deliver on its commitment to make a difference to charitable causes in the areas that we operate in. We wanted to provide an update on the difference our donations are making to some of the charities in the areas that we operate.
The Trust received 22 applications in Q4 of 2022, and donated a total of £117,000.
Here are some of the grants that were made:
Pseudomyxoma Survivor is a support network for those affected by pseudomyxoma peritonei (PMP), appendix cancer, or another peritoneal surface malignancy. The £5,000 grant will be put towards funding clinical trials for a new vaccine they have developed which stabilises tumour growth in patients who undergo surgery.
Happy Days Children’s Charity
Happy Days Children’s Charity, based in Hitchin, supports children living with emotional, physical, and mental difficulties by arranging educational and cultural days out and activities. The charity will use their grant of £2,500 to take children on respite breaks.
Out Loud Music
Out Loud Music are an Ipswich based not-for-profit which aims to inspire people from all walks of life through music production, media, radio podcasting, technology, and much more. They will use the grant of £9,870 to modernise their premises and upgrade the disabled access to the site.
Walking With The Wounded
A military charity, Walking With The Wounded helps ex-service personnel with securing employment, improving family relationships and their social lives, and supporting their mental health and general wellbeing. The grant of £1,000 will be put toward their Quick Reaction Fund, which provides veterans with access to clothes for interviews, transport, and help with rent arrears, as well as help with other urgent issues.
British Schools Museum
British Schools Museum are based in Hitchin and provide volunteer-run Victorian lesson re-enactments and education on the Victorian period to schools and families, in the world’s last remaining purpose-built Monitorial schoolroom. Their grant of £5,000 will be used for repairs and maintenance work to the grade II* listed building, which was opened in 1837.
Daubney Street Sea End Neighbourhood Watch Group
The Cleethorpes community group will use the grant of £1,200 to take local families to The Deep, in Hull, where they will learn about ocean conservation, sea life, and practical ways to help the oceans.
Norfolk Lowland Search and Rescue
NorLSAR are a specialist search and rescue organisation that fill the gap between HM Coastguard and Mountain Rescue, which provides support to emergency services across Norfolk in locating missing persons. There are currently 50 volunteer search technicians plus specialist Dog and Water Teams. They will use funds to purchase a drone with infrared capabilities to help assist their searches.
In October ABG staff Dan Baron, Ben Hewitt, Brendan Tinney, and Phil Johnson took part in Norwich Sleep Out 2022 to raise money for The Benjamin Foundation. Sleep Out challenges people to spend one night sleeping outside, to raise awareness of youth homelessness. After match funding from the Trust, the team raised £1,284 for the charity.
Ben said, “To raise such a huge amount of money for a really important cause was great. To have this doubled by the Alan Boswell Charitable Trust was staggering. While we were not seeking to emulate youth homelessness: simply raise awareness; sleeping on cardboard, being woken at 3am by drunks staggering home, at 5am by people shuffling to work and not being able to sleep for more than 4.5hours – we did certainly come away with a small sense of how some young people are living in Norfolk and Suffolk.”
You can find out more about The Alan Boswell Group Charitable Trust here.