Time to make a difference

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COMMUNITY groups across the district are struggling for funding during the tough economic times.

That is why today the Express is launching its Wakefield Annual Cash Giveaway campaign. We want to raise £50,000 to give a cash lifeline to voluntary organisations which run vital services and look after the most vulnerable people in society.

We have teamed up with the Community Foundation for Wakefield District to launch the appeal, to give something back to people across the district and leave a lasting legacy.

But we can’t do it without the help of businesses, who are urged to donate what they can to the campaign.

Shona Walsh, chief executive of the community foundation, said: “A lot of community groups are facing closure and are finding it very hard to sustain themselves. We are launching this appeal to help established community groups which are facing a funding shortfall.”

Large companies to small businesses are invited to pledge cash donations to the fundraising appeal.

We hope to reach our total by Christmas, before community groups are invited to apply for grants in January.

Wakefield Express editor Mark Bradley said: “The current financial climate means that it is increasingly difficult for community groups to get funding and grants to keep themselves going, and is proving a real barrier for new groups to set up and make their mark in our local areas.

“The aim of the Wakefield Cash Giveaway is to have a source of cash from which we can make awards to some of the most deserving small organisations that make a real difference to the lives of Wakefield’s residents.

“We would be pleased to accept any donation, no matter how small, but we are particularly appealing to local businesses which may want to give to charity and want their money to stay local.”

Companies can donate to the appeal by cheque, bank transfer or by pledging an amount.

To donate, telephone 01924 239 181 or write to Shona Walsh, chief executive, The Community Foundation for Wakefield District, Suite 5, Vincent House, 136 Westgate, Wakefield, WF2 9SR.