Hall & Woodhouse has awarded more than £50,000 to 35 local causes through its Community Chest Awards.
The annual awards are an initiative created by the independent family-owned Dorset brewer.
The aims are to improve both the facilities and the lives of people in the community by providing grants to local voluntary groups and causes that require financial support.
Lucinda Gray, Company Relationship Manager & Next Generation Family Director, said: “In a year of such challenge, we’re proud to be helping others make a difference to their communities.
“We understand, and have heard first-hand from the charities, how necessary the grants are for the survival of these local causes.
“The donations are going to a real mix of charities across the south; from youth services to mental health support, to those that specialise in facilities for people with disabilities, to free computer access for those who need it most.”
The annual awards ceremony took place virtually this year and included an online beer and cheese tasting session led by Mark Woodhouse.
All winners and judges received a ‘Dorset Dozen’ beer box, a selection of characterful and crafted Badger ales, along with the recommended selection of accompanying cheeses, so that guests could participate in the event online.
As part of the Community Chest Awards, an emergency fund of £9,500 was allocated to help local causes earlier in the year during the nationwide lockdown.
Applications will be open for the 2021 Community Chest awards in March
Voluntary groups can request funding ranging from £300 to £5,000, to help achieve their aims.
Grants can be awarded for new equipment, training, transport or running costs, and made towards youth services, the elderly, or any other projects that enhance the local community.
More details can be found here.
By: Andrew Diprose Dorset Biz News