As Red Nose Day returns and local fundraisers gear up for weird and wonderful cash-raising antics in the name of charity, organisers Comic Relief today (26th January 2015) announce a new £65,000 fund to support community groups across the South.
Red Nose Day Community Cash grants of £500-£1,000 are available to small organisations in the South that are doing great work to help local people living tough lives. Applications are open now, with Hampshire and the Isle of Wight Community Foundation working with Comic Relief to get the cash to the groups that need it most. Interested groups can apply by going to http://www.hantscf.org.uk/grants/available-grants/red-nose-day-community-cash.aspx
Local group Poseidon Amateur Boxing Club benefitted from a Community Cash grant last time around. Co-founded by European Champion Women’s Boxer Lucy O’Connor and her husband Stuart, current England Women’s Senior Boxing Coach, the Southampton based group teaches the positive benefits of boxing to over 500 members. A small grant enabled Poseidon to provide enough gloves for their expanding membership as they began outreach programmes into the wider community.
This year the public is being asked to make their faces funny for money for Red Nose Day on Friday 13th March. The charity is urging people across the South to paint their faces, wear a Red Nose or grow a sponsored comb-over to raise life-changing cash for vulnerable people all over the UK and across Africa.
All the latest Red Nose Day news and fundraising ideas are available from rednoseday.com.