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Steamship Group announces £30,000 Community Fund


The Isles of Scilly Steamship Group has announced the return of its Community Fund, with up to £30,000 available to support local projects and good causes in the Isles of Scilly and Cornwall.

Launched in 2016, the Community Fund awarded £22,000 to 18 different projects in its first year, ranging from a new marquee for the Isles of Scilly Brownies and Guides Group to a new CCTV camera to cover a blind spot at Cape Cornwall for the National Coastwatch Institution.

Sharon Sandercock, Marketing and Communications Manager of the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the success of the fund in its first year, and look forward to launching the latest round. The Steamship Group returns around £1 million a year to the communities it serves and we look forward to supporting many more projects on the islands and mainland.”

Bids to the Community Fund are open to voluntary groups or charities, schools and education establishments, community clubs or societies, and individuals undertaking not-for-profit projects for the benefit of the wider community. The fund originally operated in the islands and West Cornwall only, but will be extended to cover all of Cornwall this year.

In the first round, awards of £6,750 were given to six different projects. Eight good causes received a share of more than £9,000 in the second round of awards and £5,700 was given to three projects in the final round.

Projects include:

- £3,000 towards a vital piece of safety equipment which has been installed to watch over popular Priest Cove, near St Just in West Cornwall. The CCTV camera was bought by NCI Cape Cornwall to look into a blind spot behind the watch station.

- £1,500 towards a creative literacy project working with children on the Isles of Scilly, Mousehole, Newlyn and Penzance, taking the history of Royal Mail Ships as inspiration. Poetry postie Sally Crabtree held workshops with pupils at Five Islands School on St Mary’s to show that poetry can be fun and doesn’t have to be boring. She then turned the children’s poetry into postcards, which she delivered at the Sea Salts and Sail Festival in Mousehole and, ultimately, to celebrate the UN’s World Post Day.

- £650 to support a Scilly family who cycled unsupported from John O’Groats to Land’s End in July 2016 - despite only having five miles of island road to practice on. Julian and Michelle Morel and their sons Finley, 13, and Shea, 11, planned the journey to raise awareness and money for the Alzheimer’s Society and support the memory café on the islands. The family used the money to pay for all their travel expenses and said they wouldn’t have been able to embark on the ambitious 847-mile bike ride without it.

- A donation of £1,500 to Brownies and Guides on the Isles of Scilly, who went camping together for the first time in August 2016 thanks to the arrival of a huge marquee paid for by the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company. Thirty girls from the 1st Isles of Scilly Brownies and Guides camped at Sandybanks Farm on St Mary’s, where the 18mx6m marquee was used as the kitchen, dining and craft area.

Details of how to apply for this year’s fund will be announced soon.

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