Cash grants for projects as Go Kids Go! winners are revealed
PUBLISHED: 10:00 28 July 2016
More than 30 excellent causes from across Weston-super-Mare will be receiving grants to put towards new equipment and opportunities for young people, thanks to this year's Go Kids Go! scheme.
The project drew to a close on July 20 after dozens of applications were sent in by community groups, sports teams and young people’s organisations from across the area.
Judges met last week to consider which projects deserved a share of this year’s £12,000 prize pot and the winners can now be revealed.
Go Kids Go! was launched in 2012 by the Mercury and the Weston Lions Club to encourage children and young people in the town to be more active.
The project has now given out £50,000 to worthy causes since its inception, thanks to generous sponsors from within Weston’s business community, the Lions and the Mercury.
Some 38 groups applied for funding this year – an increase on last year’s number of applicants – and grants will be given to 31 organisations.
Lions member Malcolm Timmis said: “We are absolutely delighted with the increased response this year and the broader range of activities the groups represent.
“Some organisations have had grants in previous years and it is heartening to know these groups are flourishing and offering more services to more members of their community. This is becoming a generational project – how wonderful is that?
“We are indebted to our sponsors again for making the project possible – their generosity is quite outstanding.”
Go Kids Go! 2016: The winners
The following organisations will receive a share of this year’s £12,000 prize pot:
Our Way Our Say/Weston Amateur Boxing Club
1st Worle Guides
2nd Locking Brownies/3rd Locking Brownies
Weston Tennis Club
Worlebury St Paul’s CofE School
Friends of St Anne’s Primary School
1st Worle Rainbows
Weston Town Junior Football Club
Mendip Green School after school club
Milton District Girlguiding
Hornets RFC Girls U13s-U18s
Locking Primary School
1st North Weston-super-Mare Rainbows
2nd WSM Rangers
Weston Toy Library
Mead Vale Community Primary School
Banwell Football Club
Weston-super-Mare Junior Arts Festival of Music and Drama
Weston Sea Cadets
XTND – Improving Futures
FC Locking U14s
Kewstoke Primary School
Hornets RFC U6s-U12s
1st Ashcombe Beavers
3rd WsM (St Paul’s) Cub Pack
1st Ashcombe (WSM) Scout Group
1st Uphill (7th WSM) Scout Group
St Nicholas Church Preschool
Axe District Scout Council and Weston Division Girlguiding Gang Show
Priory Pumas U12s Football Team
The winners will be presented with their prize cheques at the final day of the Lions’ annual Real Ale and Cider Festival, which will take place on the Beach Lawns, in Weston, from tomorrow (Friday) to Sunday.
This year marks the ninth year of the festival and guests will be able to enjoy more than 50 delicious beers and ciders – most of which are from local breweries and producers.
Mr Timmis said: “The money the Lions Club puts into Go Kids Go! comes from the Real Ale and Cider Festival, hence the use of the marquee for the presentations – indeed it would be hard to find another suitably sized venue.
“It may be difficult to square young people’s activity with the consumption of alcoholic beverages, but the festival is about far more than that. It offers a great family day out with shelter, music, food and drinks, in a controlled but relaxing atmosphere.”
The festival will be open from 11am-10.30pm tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday, and from 11am-5pm on Sunday.
Entry is priced £3 from 5pm onwards but is free during the day, and children will not be allowed entry to the site from 5pm onwards. Children’s drinks are also free.
* To find out how much money each Go Kids Go! winner won, pick up a copy of next week’s Mercury.