Making a difference for 25 years

PUBLISHED: 11:58 07 January 2012

North Somerset Mencap sports group.

North Somerset Mencap sports group.

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A CHARITABLE organisation which has awarded millions of pounds to groups across North Somerset is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

The Quartet Community Foundation allocates money on behalf of donors to community charities and voluntary groups, making a real difference to people’s lives across the district.

Most recently it has donated money to groups across Weston, Worle and Somerset to help disadvantaged, sick, or just worthy people.

Andrew Tandy, managing director of Goblin Combe in Cleeve, which recently benefited from a Quartet grant, said: “Since being established our charity has received continuing support from Quartet, allowing us to work with some of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable groups in North Somerset.”

Goblin Combe was established in 2003, to promote and provide, for the benefit of the public, any activities connected with the education and promotion of lifelong learning.

The charity is committed to helping everyone realise their potential through experience in the natural environment.

Quartet has also given £1,500 recently to North Somerset Mencap for support for transport costs for a sports project.

The group, which meets in Nailsea, but is used by people across the district, provides support for children and adults with a learning disability, their families and their carers.

Project co-ordinator Jenny Tolhurst said: “These grants have made a big difference to our members. Without help with transport many of them would simply not be able to join in.”

Another organisation in the area that has received a grant from Quartet is The For All Healthy Living Company in Weston.

It manages the GP surgery and is commissioned to run other community projects in partnership with other people and agencies on the Bournville estate.

It recently received £7,000 from Quartet to help it continue its good work.

Each year Quartet also calls on generous pensioners to help those less well-off at Christmas by asking for those who can afford to forego their winter fuel payment to donate the money to help the elderly in North Somerset who are most vulnerable during the coldest weather.

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