Ever wonder where your pennies go after your children drop them in the fountain at The Mall?Eleven projects and charities were invited to a Fountain Fund tea party at The Mall to celebrate and receive their grant awards, totalling over £10,000, to carry out vital work to support local disadvantaged people. Quartet Community Foundation, which administers The Mall Fountain Fund, along with representatives from The Mall, handed out the cheques.
Maria Crayton, Head of Marketing at The Mall at Cribbs Causeway, said, “We are delighted to provide funds to support such valuable grassroots organisations in our community”.
“It was a pleasure to meet project and community staff today to celebrate the start of their projects”, said Quartet Community Foundation’s Chief Executive Sue Turner. “At Quartet we know the real challenges that local people face in their lives, and where grants can have a lasting impact, so shoppers at The Mall can be sure that every coin they drop into The Fountain Fund will make a real difference.”
Coins thrown into The Mall's fountain by shoppers and their children amounts to around £7,000 a year!
Along with proceeds from a range of fundraising activities held at The Mall there is enough money to support a number of local charitable organisations.
One of the groups that received a grant today was Unseen UK, a charity that supports survivors of human trafficking in Bristol. Jemimah Lane, who received the £1,000 grant on behalf of the charity in order to run a gardening project with some female survivors of trafficking, said “we hope that the gardening project will help our residents move towards feeling safe, being able to make choices and having hope for the future”.
Another group that received a Fountain Fund grant was Swan Advice Network, based in B&NES, who were awarded £1,000 towards the cost of the group’s volunteer-run community transport service for local elderly and disabled people on low incomes. Sarah Williams who received the cheque at today’s party said that the project will enable local people to have more independence; “it reduces their isolation, vastly increasing their quality of life by being able to go shopping, attend activities or appointments and visit friends or family”.
The Mall Cribbs Causeway established The Fountain Charity Fund in March 2003. Administered by the Quartet Community Foundation, it provides grants to charitable organisations within a 25 mile radius of The Mall.
Visit our community page for more information about how to apply for a grant from The Mall's Fountain Fund.