A diverse range of charity initiatives based in the Melton Mowbray area have received a cash boost thanks to the Make It Happen campaign, which is funded by Ragdale Hall and supported by the Melton Times.
Representatives from 23 groups who were successful in their bid for a slice of the £10,000 donated by Ragdale attended an event at the Hall last week, where co-owner of Ragdale Michael Isaacs, Melton Times group editor Mark Edwards, and Ragdale staff, heard more about how the money would be used.
From buying gardening tools to mobility equipment and from learning resources for children to a set of doors – all of the money would be used in some way to help the good causes continue their current work, or to enable them to run new initiatives. Groups offering services for the young, the elderly, the sporty, or those just wanting some valuable social opportunities were all represented.
Helen Gardner, Byron Bennett and Richard Kirkham (pictured, above) came to receive the donation to Melton’s Mencap Youth Group. They will use the money to run relaxation sessions such as Tai Chi and yoga for people with additional needs.
Helen said :”This will help around 20 young people who wouldn’t normally get an opportunity to do something like this.” She added: “Two of our members, Michael and Ben, said they are looking forward to being able to do the classes as otherwise they’d be just sat indoors playing on their X-Box! It’s really giving them something to look forward to.”
This is the eleventh year of the Make It Happen campaign, which is open to all charity ventures in the Melton Mowbray area and is promoted by the Melton Times. Following a vote for their top two good causes by Ragdale Hall staff, the final decision on the successful groups is made by both the Melton Times and Ragdale Hall. A grand total of 23 groups out of the 49 which applied received a share of the £10,000 fund donated by Ragdale.
During his address to those receiving their cheques at the awards event, Michael Isaacs, co-owner of Ragdale, said: “You really do work hard and you make your community a better place to live, so ‘thank you’ from Ragdale Hall.”