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Bosvigo School awards £1,000 to youth projects

26 May 2015

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School fundraising has been taken to a whole new level by the students of Bosvigo School who awarded the Cornwall Down's Syndrome Support Group and the Helston Phoenix Mentoring Project with £500 for each project.

The new Bosvigo School Fund, administered by the CCF, is a pilot programme and supports community projects with the following priorities: helping young people, improving people’s health, or animal assisted therapy. The grant panel of students focuses each term on one of these priorities, and the grants range from £250 to £500. In the Spring term the grant panel focused on supporting community projects helping Young People.

Cornwall Down's Syndrome Support Group received £500 funding towards a week’s course in dance gaining a nationally recognised qualification equivalent to a GCSE. The Helston Phoenix Mentoring Project also received £500 funding towards a two day project to take place in the summer holidays for young people and their families. Karen Harvey from The Helston Phoenix Mentoring Project said “I am thrilled to think that a group of young people place such value on our project.”

Cornwall Glass & Glazing Ltd kick-started the ambitious project of establishing a named fund for Boswigo School with a generous donation of £5,000 and offered match funding for the scheme.

Mark Mitchell, Managing Director of Cornwall Glass & Glazing, said “Cornwall Glass & Glazing are both delighted and proud to be able to support this exciting new fund. We hope that the children of Bosvigo School will continue to fundraise with their usual enthusiasm and creative ideas whilst being encouraged and motivated by the thought of their great efforts being match funded. Discussing and planning this fund with the Cornwall Community Foundation has allowed us to turn this idea into reality, and it will be a very refreshing concept working with our younger generation in such needy, rewarding and privileged areas. We hope that this pilot fund will be adopted amongst other businesses and local schools within our and wider communities. It is a superb opportunity to mix the private, public and charitable worlds together… not quite your normal fusion of sectors!”

Chris Wallis, Headteacher of Bosvigo School, said "The children at Bosvigo School have had tremendous enthusiasm for fundraising for a number of years, raising significant amounts of money for charities both in the UK and abroad. We are extremely excited to be working in partnership with the Cornwall Community Foundation to raise money for the many good causes that operate within our local area and, with the generous support of Cornwall Glass and Glazing, we hope to establish a charitable fund that will benefit our community now and for many years to come.”