Nearly 80 community projects and organisations have shared £137,350 in the latest round of donations from the Louis Baylis (Maidenhead Advertiser) Charitable Trust.
Unique among local newspapers, Advertiser publisher Baylis Media Ltd is owned by the trust which receives at least 80 per cent of its operating profits every year.
Twice a year the trustees meet to decide on applications for grants – but they will also approve urgent donations at other times of the year if needed.
The latest round of donations was made on Friday and went to a wide range of charities and organisations. While some money went to national charities which benefit the area, as usual the lion’s share went to organisations in our community.
Charities providing vital services such as People to Places and the Citizens Advice Bureau received regular funding and there was support for other small charities providing essential help and services.
Grassroots sport also benefited with grants to support football, rowing, golf, gymnastics and judo.
Also helped were community events, youth groups, music and the arts and support for individuals through funding for the RBWM sport and art bursaries scheme. Organisations supporting children and adults with a variety of medical conditions also benefited from grants.
Trust chairman Peter Sands said more organisations had been supported, reflecting the greater number of applications being received.
He added: “As well as our regular distribution, new to our list is help towards restarting Maidenhead Judo Club enabling them to purchase essential equipment as well as giving help to allow financially disadvantaged youngsters to take up the sport.
“Also we are supporting Chattertots which is a new charity helping children with Downs Syndrome with speech and language therapy.
Mr Sands continued: “We are continuing to contribute across all areas but the increase in applications shows the growing pressure on local groups and organisations.”
Donations in full:
Maidenhead Club for the Blind £1,000
Maidenhead Citizens Advice Bureau £12,500
Salvation Army: £2,000
People to Places: £7,500
Berkshire MS Therapy Centre £2,500
Thames Valley Adventure Playground £1,000
Family Friends in Windsor & Maidenhead £3,000
Great Ormond Street Hospital £1,000
Air Ambulance £1,000
Thames HospiceCare £3,000
Sue Ryder Home £2,000
Maidenhead Heritage Trust £1,000
Maidenhead Christmas Lights £5,000
Slough Canal Festival £2,500
Rotary Club of Maidenhead Thames schools essays contest £1,500
Norden Farm Centre for the Arts £3,000
Holyport Youth Club £250
The Berkshire Masonic Charity £5,000
Cracker Appeal £5,000
Lions Club Swimarathon £1,500
Shakespeare As You Like It £2,000
Adult Dyslexia £1,500
Littlewick Green Show Society £1,500
British Forces Foundation £1,000
Yeldall Christian Centres £1,000
Rotary Boundary Walk £300
Berkshire Masons Children's Panto outing £2,000
Holyport Darby & Joan Club £600
Maidenhead United Community Trust £2,500
Rivertime Boat Trust £1,000
Maidenhead Choral Society £500
Maidenhead Music Society £500
Maidenhead Festival of Music and Dance £1,500
Beehive Pre-School £500
Maidenhead Town Partnership £3,000
Link Foundation £2,000
Windsor & Maidenhead Community Forum £1,000
Cookham Reach Sailing Club £500
RBWM Sports & Arts Bursary £6,000
Maidenhead Golf Club Juniors £350
Maidenhead Rotaract Club £500
Target Ovarian Cancer £1,000
Windsor Horse Rangers £2,000
Wooburn Festival £500
Jubilee Community Church £440
Slough Christmas Lights £2,500
Sebastian's Action Trust £2,500
Eton Excelsior Rowing Club £500
The Sequela Foundation £1,000
Royal Marines Association £1,000
Montgomery Holloway Music Trust £1,000
Boyne Hill Boys & Girls Football Club £1,000
Re:Charge R&R £3,000
Burnham Guide Supporters £1,000
Royal Windsor Rose & Horticultural Society £500
Stage One Youth £1,000
Maidenhead Warriors Football Club £600
Phoenix Gymnastics Club £2,000
Maidenhead Cat Rescue £500
First Maidenhead Sea Scouts £2,250
Helen House £1,000
Reading Myeloma Support Group £420
Maidenhead Judo Club £1,940
Windsor Fringe £300
Dedworth Green First School £1,000
Swan Lifeline £1,000
Lions Club Prostate Awareness Event £1,500
Singing for Lung Health Maidenhead £500
9th Maidenhead (URC) Scout Group £900
Friends of Maidenhead £1,000
Maidenhead Men in Sheds £1,000
Maidenhead Sports and Social Club £2,500
Eagles Netball Club £500
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