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Thanks to some excellent fundraising work over the last three years by our Support Development Coordinator, Karen, as well as some assistance from the Transport for London ‘Vehicle Scrappage Scheme’ we are delighted to have been able to upgrade our two old diesel vans and replace them with two larger and newer vehicles which comply with the London Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) requirement. It was a sad farewell to our old Peugeot Experts that have served us very well for many years but they were both going downhill slowly and, for them, it was time to finally put the brakes on.
A huge thank you to The National Lottery Community Fund, Transport for London, The Coop, The Laing Trust, Whitehead Monckton as well as the individual donors, who have made these purchases possible.
We were absoluted delighted to receive the news that we have been awarded a grant of over £96,000 from The National Lottery Community Fund. This is to be received incrementally over the next two years and the funding is primarily to help us provide after-school clubs for our Boys Noise and b:You programmes but includes an allocation of £10,000 towards a new vehicle. (Our new silver Ford Transit above).
A big thank you to London Community Fund and Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund/Save London Lives for a grant of £10,000 of funding in July towards our Boys Noise and b:You programmes as well as a pledge for the same sum for a further two years.
This year CRiBS were selected as finalists in this year's Bexley Business Excellence Awards. More than 300 guests enjoyed a sparkling evening of great networking and entertainment at the Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony. CRiBS was represented at the event by our Support Development Coordinator Karen Jefferys whose ticket had been very kindly paid by some generous CRiBS supporters.
Thank you to the Overstone Fund who, in June, gave £9266 via the Kent Community Foundation to support Boys Noise and b:You in Kent. We are delighted that we can help more children and expand our work into this new area.
In April we were absolute delighted to receive a grant of £5,000 from the Peabody Community Fund and The London Community Foundation which will go towards delivering our Boys Noise Programme in a Thamesmead school.
Great news! We have heard from Tesco that we have been awarded £4,000 from their Bags of Help scheme. Thank you so much Tesco for running this initiative in support of local charities.
We are were delighted to once again receive financial support from the Fellowship of St John Trust Association. This year in the form of a £5,000 grant for our REfresh programme which provides creative and memorable Christian RE lessons in primary schools.
Awards for All
During October 18 we were delighted to receive a grant of £9,999.99 in support of our Boys Noise After-School clubs which we run in some of Bexley Primary Schools. Boys get involved in all kinds of activities from African Drumming, team games, cooking, arts and crafts. We are extremely grateful to Awards for All for this money which will be used to pay for staffing costs.
Carriers for Causes
A huge thank you to One Stop and their 'Carriers for Causes' fundraising initiative which has provided a donation of £1,000 for resources for use in our Boys Noise After-school clubs. The clubs are enjoyed by hundreds of boys each year.
We were delighted to be runner up beneficiaries with the ASDA Bexleyheath token scheme and to receive a £200 cheque to be used for our Boys Noise Programme. Congratulations to the other two charities involved.