A helping hand for … Josh Bishop & Association of Carers

15th September 2012

Hastings Direct's Community Programme Supports Local Good Causes

Hastings Direct's community programme — A Helping Hand is supporting two local good causes — a Channel swim by teenager Josh Bishop and the Association of Carers.

Hastings Direct's A Helping Hand makes financial, professional and physical support available to the local community. Each month Hastings is able to offer either professional support from its 1,300 +staff, or physical support with team building days. In addition, Hastings has made a small monthly grant available to support local funding.

Seventeen-year-old Josh is attempting this month to swim the English Channel to raise monies for the Ugandan children of Kings Kids Ministries School and Orphanage and A Helping Hand has donated £100 towards his fundraising efforts.

The Association of Carers (www.associationofcarers.org.uk) is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. This local charity family provides free respite services for carers and young carers in Hastings and Rother. With the £100 donation from A Helping Hand, the Charity is planning to purchase raffle prizes to help with its 2013 fundraising for its Silver Anniversary Ball.

Any local charity, good cause or individual in need can apply directly to Hastings for support. All applications will then be assessed each month. Applications which are then selected will receive donated resources — physical, professional or financial.

Jay Wootten, chair A Helping Hand: "We are delighted to be supporting two such worthy causes. We wish Josh every success with his challenge and hope the celebrations for the Association of Carers' 25th anniversary raises much needed funds for this essential service."

If you know of a local organisation in need of A Helping Hand, please email jaywootten@hastingsdirect.com for an application form.

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