AN ORGANISATION has been fundraising all year to give back £10,000 to communities in Wrexham through its Silver Jubilee Make A Difference grant scheme.
AVOW (Association of Voluntary Organisations in Wrexham) was set up in 1988 to provide help and support for voluntary and community organisations across Wrexham.
Fundraising activities have taken place this year including quizzes, sponsored walk, cake sales, bag packing and the AVOW extravaganza concert in November.
Business and individual donations have been received from numerous organisations including Kronospan and Meadow Vale Foods, as well as a donation from the Llangollen Women’s Festival and help from ASDA and B2C.
The target of £10,000 has been successfully achieved and some of the money raised have been distributed to 13 community groups and voluntary organisations in Wrexham.
Successful applications include Wrexham SANDS for the purchase of a bereavement bench at Plas Acton Cemetery; Wrexham PHAB Club to help with the cost of the insurance on their minibus so they can continue taking people out;
Wrexham Feeding the Roofless; Bradley Fishing Club to maintain the river bank and pathways, keeping it accessible for all users; and Johnstown Over 60’s Club.
John Gallanders, chief officer of AVOW said: “This has been a special year for AVOW and we wanted to show our appreciation to the voluntary and community sector in Wrexham for their support throughout the last 25 years. Some thought that the target of £10,000 was too ambitious and it has been tough, as fundraising generally is in these difficult economic times.
“However we were determined and we have had a lot of support from all quarters – staff, trustees, volunteers, businesses, our service users, performing arts groups and some very generous individuals.
“AVOW would like to thank each and every one of them.”
As all the money raised has not yet been distributed AVOW will re-open the fund again in January and welcome new applications from voluntary and community groups in Wrexham for projects to really make a difference in communities.
For details of how to apply visit www.avow.org from January.