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Inspiration Trust schools donate £70,000 to local charities and community groups

Published on 20/04/20

A generous £70k donation has been made to the Inspiration Trust family of schools to help them to support their communities during the coronavirus crisis. Each of the 14 schools within the trust has received a donation of £5k. 

The schools will be making donations to 22 charities - they have chosen groups/organisations that are making a big difference within their community. This includes local food banks, the elderly, community groups and local charities.

Rachel de Souza, Inspiration Trust CEO said: “This anonymous donation is incredibly generous. It has enabled each of our schools to help the organisations at the heart of their communities. During this difficult time we hope the money will help to support our families and the wider community.”

Charles Darwin Primary School, Norwich, is donating to Nelson’s Journey and Spurgeons

The school is donating:

  • £2,500 to Nelson’s Journey
  • £2,500 to Spurgeons, Norwich

Jo Brown, Principal at Charles Darwin Primary School, said: “We know that charities are working incredibly hard to support our community and this generous donation enables us to give them a helping hand. We're pleased to be able to donate £2,500 to Spurgeons, a domestic abuse charity based in Norwich, and £2,500 to Nelson’s Journey, who are helping lots of families."

Simon Wright, Chief Executive at Nelson’s Journey said “This generous donation could not come at a more important time. Like many charities, we've seen a big drop in our fundraising income and yet our services will be needed more than ever over the coming months. 

"This donation will help us to continue to offer bereavement support to children and young people in Norfolk at this challenging time. Nelson's Journey is incredibly grateful to the Inspiration Trust for choosing to support our work.”


Cobholm Primary Academy, Great Yarmouth, is donating to Voluntary Norfolk’s Make It Happen team

The school is donating £5,000 to Voluntary Norfolk’s Make It Happen team, who work in the Cobholm area.

Louise Scott, Principal of Cobholm Academy, said: "We're extremely grateful for this donation and would like to make sure it helps as many people across our community as possible. Therefore, we are donating £5,000 to the Make It Happen team that work in and around Cobholm. This organisation does incredible work to support communities in response to the Covid-19 pandemic - we hope this donation helps."

Lauren Randall from The Make It Happen team at Voluntary Norfolk said: "We are delighted to receive this generous donation from the Inspiration Trust and will consult with local people and groups about how we can best share these funds during this difficult time. We have built strong links in the Cobholm community and this donation will enable our team to respond directly to local needs."

The Team is part of the pioneering Neighbourhoods That Work project, a partnership between Great Yarmouth Borough Council and the local voluntary sector and builds on a long history of working with residents and community groups to build resilience and cohesion.


Cromer Academy, Cromer, is donating to Cromer & District Foodbank and The Benjamin Foundation

The school is donating:

  • £2,500 to Cromer & District Foodbank
  • £2,500 to The Benjamin Foundation

Antony Little, Principal at Cromer Academy, said: "We were very surprised to receive this generous donation and we're pleased to be able to give it to the Cromer Foodbank and The Benjamin Foundation. These organisations do incredible work with our families and with the wider community. We're proud to support them during this difficult time."

Kirsty Pitcher, Interim CEO of The Benjamin Foundation, said: “The Benjamin Foundation are proud to work in partnership with Cromer Academy to support children and young people’s emotional wellbeing. This generous donation will help us to continue our vital work locally, supporting the wellbeing of vulnerable young people, such as those living in our Supported Accommodation settings, during this difficult time.”

 

East Point Academy, Lowestoft, is donating to Lowestoft Foodbank

East Point Academy is donating £5,000 to Lowestoft Foodbank.

Richard Dolding, Principal at East Point Academy, said: "I'm incredibly proud that our school can donate £5,000 to the Lowestoft Foodbank. This organisation is helping so many families during this difficult time - we're pleased we can support their work."

Sam Porter, from the Lowestoft Foodbank, said: “A huge donation like this is a massive help and we’ll spend it on supplies for local people. Even when the world returns to normal, we will be here to support people with the repercussions of this crisis – and this money will make a big difference.”
 

Great Yarmouth Charter Academy, Great Yarmouth, is donating to Imagine Norfolk Together, Refreshingly Different, Better Together and Norfolk and Waveney Mind

The school is donating:

  • £1,000 to Imagine Norfolk Together, an organisation that supports a wide range of projects including support for the homeless, supporting mental health and eliminating food poverty. 
  • £2,000 to Refreshingly Different, a Great Yarmouth food bank. 
  • £1,000 to Better Together, an organisation that supports people in social isolation and combating loneliness. 
  • £1,000 to Norfolk and Waveney Mind, who have previously supported families at the school.

Iain Mackintosh, Executive Principal of Great Yarmouth Charter Academy, said: "We would like this donation to help as many people as possible - especially those that are most vulnerable during the coronavirus crisis. That's why we've chosen a mix of charities that work tirelessly to ensure families are fed, those in social isolation are cared for, people experiencing mental health issues are supported and the homeless are sheltered. 

“We hope this money will make a difference to the people of Great Yarmouth."

A spokesperson from Refreshingly Different said: “To be given funding that is out of the blue was really moving. We have had a massive increase in people in need over the last few weeks and our hope was to be able to supply chilled food in the future, so this donation is perfect timing.”


Great Yarmouth Primary Academy, Great Yarmouth, is donating to Voluntary Norfolk’s Neighbourhoods That Work project and the Salvation Army’s Foodbank

The school is donating:

  • £3,500 to the Salvation Army’s Foodbank
  • £1,500 to Voluntary Norfolk’s Neighbourhoods That Work project

The team at Great Yarmouth Primary Academy said: "We’re proud that our school is able to share this money between two incredibly important local organisations - the Salvation Army's Foodbank and Voluntary Norfolk's Neighbourhoods That Work project. During this difficult time, we hope the money will help to feed local families and support the voluntary sector support services in our area.”

Voluntary Norfolk’s Neighbourhoods That Work project builds community resilience and community cohesion.

Daniel Norgrove, Community Development Worker at Voluntary Norfolk, said: “Our team were incredibly moved by the appreciation the school has shown for their work, and we are planning to put the money towards enjoyable community events for the local area.”


Hethersett Academy, Norwich, is creating care packages for the local community

Hethersett Academy will be using the £5,000 donation to create and deliver care packages to the local community.

Gareth Stevens, Principal at Hethersett Academy, said: "We will be using this generous donation to broaden our community work and support more people in our local area. Our team will be making and distributing care packages to the elderly and vulnerable." 
 

Hewett Academy are donating to Norfolk Community Foundation's COVID-19 Community Response Fund

Hewett Academy are giving £5,000 to the Norfolk Community Foundation's COVID-19 Community Response Fund.

Louise Jackson, Principal at Hewett Academy, said: "We would like to give our donation to the Norfolk Community Foundation's COVID-19 Community Response Fund. They are doing incredible work to support charities and community groups during the coronavirus crisis."

Claire Cullens, CEO of the Norfolk Community Foundation, said: “We are delighted to accept this very generous donation. The Covid-19 community fund continues to make an incredible difference to vulnerable communities across Norfolk. This donation will allow us to continue and do more. Thank you for helping us to go further.”
 

Jane Austen College, Norwich, is donating to Leeway and The Benjamin Foundation

The school is donating:

  • £2,500 to Leeway, a domestic abuse charity
  • £2,500 to The Benjamin Foundation

David Thomas, Principal of Jane Austen College, said: "I'm pleased Jane Austen College is able to give Leeway and The Benjamin Foundation this donation. These charities do incredible work to support our community and it's especially important this can continue during this difficult time."
 

Norwich Primary Academy, Norwich, is donating to the Norwich Foodbank, NR5 Community Hub and East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust Charitable Funds

The school is donating:

  • £2,000 to the Norwich Foodbank
  • £2,000 to the NR5 Community Hub
  • £1,000 to East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust Charitable Funds

Rebecca Handley-Kirk, Principal of Norwich Primary Academy, said: "We've been blown away by the donation - it will make such a big difference to our community during this difficult time. 
 
"We are donating £2,000 to the Norwich Foodbank, £1,000 to East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust Charitable Funds and £2,000 to the NR5 Community Hub for their Meals on Wheels service, who deliver free hot meals to vulnerable people in the North Earlham, Marlpit and Larkman area. We hope this money will help to feed and care for the families in our community."
 
Rainy Waller, from the NR5 Community Hub, said: "This money will really help to keep us going - we asked our community what they needed and they asked for hot meals. We are helping 96 people, that's 20 families, already, and we can now continue and think about supporting more. Donations like this make a big difference to organisations run by the community, for the community."
 
To find out more about the NR5 Community Hub Meals on Wheel service, visit their Facebook page or call 07471156198.
 

Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form, Norwich, is donating to Age UK Norwich and Norwich Foodbank 

The school is donating:

  • £2,500 to Age UK
  • £2,500 to Norwich Foodbank

Chris Jennings, Principal at Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form, said: "We have chosen to help two charities doing important work during the Covid-19 crisis - Age UK Norwich and Norwich Foodbank. These organisations help to look after the elderly and vulnerable, and feed families in our community. We're proud that Sir Isaac Sixth Form has been able to use the generous donation to help people in the area during this difficult time."
 

Stradbroke Primary Academy, Gorleston, is donating to The Well, Kingsgate Church, Gorleston Young Carers and Leeway

The school is donating:

  • £1,500 to The Well at Gorleston Baptist Church, a community group supporting local people
  • £1,500 at Kingsgate Church Southtown who supply hot meals to the vulnerable
  • £1,000 to Gorleston Young Carers
  • £1,000 to Leeway, a domestic abuse charity

Tanya Blake, Principal at Stradbroke Primary Academy, said: "Our community is at the heart of our school and we're pleased that we can use this money to help them. We are donating to four incredible charities that we know do important work in our local area - we hope this helps their efforts to support our families and the wider community during the Covid-19 crisis."

 

Thetford Academy, Thetford, is donating to the Norfolk Community Foundation

The Thetford Academy is donating £5,000 to the Norfolk Community Foundation COVID-19 Community Response Fund. 

Dan Carter, Principal at The Thetford Academy, said: "There is an incredible network of community projects and charitable groups supporting local people in the Breckland area. The Norfolk Community Foundation does some excellent work in Thetford. We would like to thank them for their dedication and hope this donation enables them to continue providing vital support and care locally during this difficult time." 
 

Wayland Academy, Watton, is donating to the Daisy Programme and Watton Foodbank 

The school is donating:

  • £2,500 to the Daisy Programme
  • £2,500 to Watton Foodbank

Glen Allott, Principal of Wayland Academy, said: "A donation like this can make a big difference to our community - especially during this difficult time - and I’m proud that our school has been able to help Watton Foodbank and the Daisy Programme. I'm really pleased we could help the Daisy Programme, a charity that supports victims of domestic violence, as nationally there has been a rise in people needing these services."