Just over a year ago, Donations With A Difference set itself the task of raising £10,000 in 2015 to fund charitable grants that support the charity's objectives. Today we are pleased to announce that, with the help of all those who supported our events in the last year, we were successful in reaching this goal, raising just over ten thousand pounds.
Much of the money we raised has already been put to good use. In March we awarded a £1,000 grant to Leonard Cheshire Disability to help fund their Kent Active scheme. This project delivered 24 weeks of sports activities for residents of the Chipstead Lake home near Sevenoaks. In July we gave £600 to Katharine House hospice in Staffordshire to fund the purchase of an infusion pump. And in September we awarded DWAD's largest grant to date, £5,950 to fund the purchase of a specialised electric wheelchair for four-year-old Finley Williams from Sittingbourne who suffers from Duchenne muscular dystrophy. In addition several charities benefited from smaller amounts as a result of their involvement in our Super10 football competition or as beneficiaries of donations we funded on behalf of the winners of our poker and golf events. These recipients included Pilgrims Hospices, the Bobby Moore Cancer Fund, SeeAbility and Foodcycle.
In 2016 we want to be able to fund even more grants that help improve the lives of individuals or support the work of other organisations that do just that. To enable this the Donations With A Difference board of trustees has set the charity the target of raising £20,000 in 2016. This will require a lot of hard work but, with your continued support, we believe it is achievable. 2016 will see the return of popular events such as our 5-a-side football tournaments, the Quiz With A Difference and raffle, the Comedy Night, and the DWAD Golf Day. The long-running Super10 football competition will be back next season and we'll also have some new things to tell you about in the coming months.
But Donations With A Difference is not just about raising money; it's about making that money make a difference. So if you know of an individual or organisation in need of our help (especially in regards to physical and mental health and/or education), please get them to apply for a grant.