Record vote de­cides on Ju­bilee fund­ing

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THE Stock­port County Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion and the Well­spring home­less char­ity were the two big win­ners after the votes were counted in the £10,000 Ver­non Ju­bilee Fund.

A record 4,371 votes were cast via the Stock­port Ex­press and the Ver­non Build­ing So­ci­ety Facebook page for the 16 short­listed groups and char­i­ties with the top two both re­ceived over £1,000 each.

All the short­listed groups had been guar­an­teed £100 from the fund be­fore the pub­lic vote with the rest di­vided de­pend­ing on the num­ber of votes re­ceived.

The Stock­port County Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion, the com­mu­nity sec­tion of Stock­port County Foot­ball Club, will re­ceive the big­gest share of the pot £1,862 – after pick­ing up 917 votes.

The Well­spring home­less char­ity in Stock­port town cen­tre is next with £1,716, fol­lowed by AuKids magazine, which re­ceive £968.63,

Each vote was worth £1.92 to the cho­sen group.

The Stock­port County Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion will use the money to sup­port their coach­ing ses­sions and buy equip­ment for the 120 chil­dren and adults with a range of phys­i­cal and learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties that take part in their foot­ball and mul­ti­sport project.

Adrian Rigby-Bates, dis­abil­ity foot­ball de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer, said: “I would like to thank ev­ery­one on be­half of the com­mu­nity foun­da­tion who sup­ported by vot­ing for us.

“We pro­vide weekly coach­ing ses­sions and monthly foot­ball tour­na­ments for peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties and are des­per­ately in need of new equip­ment for this project.

“The Ver­non Ju­bilee Fund will make such a pos­i­tive dif­fer­ence and will be spent on foot­ball kits for will chil­dren and adults, train­ing bibs, foot­balls, ball bags, wheel­chair foot­ball, train­ing cones, plas­tic lad­ders, plas­tic hur­dles, popup goals, wa­ter bot­tles, shin pads, goal­keep­ing gloves and first-aid kits.”

Jonathan Billings, project man­ager at the Well­spring, thanked the pub­lic for its ‘fan­tas­tic sup­port.’

He said: “We would very much like to thank ev­ery­one who took the time to vote for us. To re­ceive so many votes from the com­mu­nity of Stock­port is very mo­ti­vat­ing for ev­ery­one in­volved in run­ning the Well­spring, to know we have such bril­liant back­ing from our com­mu­nity sup­port­ing us in our work with home­less peo­ple and those at risk of home­less­ness is a bless­ing.

“The funds raised will be spent on run­ning all the ser­vices at the Well­spring the project is a very busy place with the num­ber of peo­ple us­ing the ser­vice grow­ing by the day.

“Thanks for sup­port­ing the Well­spring and help­ing us to work to­wards end­ing home­less­ness in Stock­port.”

The Ju­bilee Fund was set up in 2012 by the Ver­non Build­ing So­ci­ety and has given away £60,000 to char­i­ties and com­mu­nity groups in the Stock­port area.

Mike Han­son, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Ver­non, said: “Our mem­bers and com­mu­nity are al­ways at the heart of what we do, so it’s very hum­bling to see so many in Stock­port cast their vote and show their sup­port to these 16 very worth­while lo­cal causes.”

●●The Stock­port County Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion’s adult dis­abil­ity side are one of the ben­e­fi­cia­ries of this year’s funds

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