Community-February 2011

Lollipop Ladies (and men)

Stepping in just in time to catch the long winter nights and cold weather hazards,
local mortgage and savings specialists Skipton International have funded a new range of high visibility safety uniforms for Jersey’s school crossing patrol teams. Pictured above is Tracy Vallois, who regularly escorts children safely across the road outside the Jersey College for Girls Preparatory School.

Lloyds TSB Foundation invests over £395,000 to tackle disadvantage in the Channel Islands

Over £265,000 worth of grants awarded to charities and not for profit organisations across Jersey. John Hutchins, Executive Director at Lloyds TSB Foundation explains “We are delighted to announce the second series of 2010 Lloyds TSB Foundation grants to so many worthy causes across the Channel Islands The nine Jersey organisations to whom we have made grants all play a very important role in the day to day lives of people living on the Island; whether it be providing support and assistance, or offering vital rehabilitation, education and healthcare services to those that need it the most. The funding will be used in a variety of ways by each beneficiary, from providing more staff to funding specific projects. We know it will make a valid contribution to both the community and the individuals served by all the great charities working across the islands.” The beneficiaries’ of the grants in Jersey included:

> Art in the Frame Foundation: (£1,000)
> Caesarea Association: (£15,000)
> St John Youth and Community Trust: (£10,000)
> Roseneath Trust: (£90,000)
> Girl Guiding Jersey: (£500)
> Centre Point Trust: (£10,000)
> Jersey Alzheimer’s Association: (£12,000)
> Sailaway: (£1,000)
> Autism Jersey: (105,000 spread over three years)

Wash and brush up for Jersey Women’s Refuge bathrooms
The bathrooms at Jersey Women’s Refuge are getting a new look for 2011. With a £700 donation in hand, the deputy manager of the Jersey Women’s Refuge, Sammy Price, has bought new shower doors and a sink from B&Q to install at the premises. The donation was the result of cash raised by RBC Wealth Management staff participating in dress down days in 2010 and was further boosted by B&Q’s own offer of a 15 per cent discount on the goods purchased. Sammy said that refitting the bathrooms would be a great start to 2011 for the Refuge. ‘Freshening up the bathrooms will be fantastic for us and the residents. We try and make the refuge as homely as possible for the ladies and the children who need to use our facilities and the RBC Wealth Management donation has helped us do that.’
The staff also did their bit in December, providing stockings for SCBU. The stockings, filled with a teddy, rattle set and sleep suit, were bought for each baby in intensive care over the Christmas period thanks to money raised by staff at RBC Wealth Management as a result of their December dress down day.

A moving gesture
Carey Olsen and Acorn Mortgages have awarded a prize with a total value of £2,000 to a young couple looking to buy their first home. Kerry Roberts, and her partner Leo Gomes, have won £1,000 towards conveyancing costs, undertaken by Carey Olsen, and £1,000 towards mortgage fees arranged by Acorn Mortgages after entering a competition at the joint Carey Olsen/Acorn Mortgages stand at the Home Life Show exhibition held at Fort Regent in November. Carey Olsen’s head of property, Christopher Philpott said: “We are delighted that this valuable prize has been won by a young couple looking to purchase a family home. We look forward to advising them once they find the property they are looking for.”


JTC staff raise over £9,000 for CLIC Sargent Jersey

Staff at Jersey Trust Company have banished all thoughts of economic doom and gloom to raise over £9,000 for children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent Jersey. The money was raised throughout 2010 after staff selected CLIC Sargent Jersey as their nominated charity for the year. With dress down days, cake sales and raffles, workers at the firm undertook also took some more extreme challenges to raise funds, including the annual Castle to Harbour swim and sponsored skydives over St Aubin’s Bay.    

CLIC Sargent is dedicated to caring for children and young people with cancer and supporting them and their families, both in hospital and in the community. The Jersey branch of the charity is distinct from the UK arm and spends all its funds locally.

Children and young people with cancer cannot receive certain treatments, such as chemotherapy, in Jersey, making travel to and from the UK essential. In addition, young cancer sufferers are less able to regulate their bodies and need to be cared for in a constant temperature environment, which can place a strain on heating bills during the cold winter months. The money raised by Jersey Trust Company will be used to provide support in all these areas and many more, helping local families to cope with impact of cancer on a child or young person.

Philip Burgin, one of the Group Directors at Jersey Trust Company, said: “Everyone knows that 2010 was a tough year financially and charities, like other organisations, have been affected by the economic downturn. As a local company we take great pride in supporting the community. The team really went the extra mile in their fundraising efforts and even persuaded me to jump out of a plane for this very worthy cause!”

Restoration work boost for St Ouen wetlands
It’s a surprise that RBC have any time to do any banking. Judging by the prolific volume of CSR-related information we get each month it seems they spend a great deal of their time out in the community. Not content with installing bathrooms and giving stockings to babies, they’re also at one with nature. An 18-strong team of staff, their families and friends braved the snow and ice with members of the National Trust for Jersey at the overgrown wetlands area at La Mielle de Morville. The group cut back and thinned areas of overgrown reed, brambles and bracken and coppiced larger trees. Damaged chestnut fencing was also replaced. Chestnut fencing; the best kind.

Jon Horn, Lands Manager from the National Trust for Jersey, said the team completed in one morning much of the year’s required management works.

‘The volunteers have opened up the area to a wider variety of plants, animals and insect life and have prepared the site for overwintering birds,’ said Mr Horn. ‘It was a really superb effort and the National Trust for Jersey team were then able to complete the remaining work to make the site ready for wildlife within a week. By the summer of 2011 people will be able to see a real transformation in the area.’
Last year a grant of £75,000 was made by Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) to protect, enhance and promote Jersey’s wetlands over the next three years as part of the company’s global RBC Blue Water Project.

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