Community fund

Community fund

Donation to help future proof island folk festival

Scilly Folk Festival has been future proofed thanks to a £1,113 donation from the Steamship Company’s Community Fund. The money has allowed the folk club to buy new professional sound equipment, including a mixing desk and PA system. Better kit means more visiting bands will be attracted to perform at the folk festival as they…

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Huge footballing victory for Five Islands Academy

Five Islands Academy football team is celebrating a huge victory after winning the ESFA Small Schools football competition for the first time. The tournament, played at Archbishop Benson School in Truro last week, included teams from nine Cornish schools. Adam May, from Five Islands Academy, praised the young team, saying: “They were magnificent throughout the…

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Environmental volunteers clean up coastline with Community Fund donation

A passionate environmental campaigner says “it means so much” to be awarded the money to pay for his next trip to clean marine plastic waste in the Isles of Scilly. Steve Green, co-founder of Clean Ocean Sailing (COS), made a last-minute application to the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group’s Community Fund in the hope it…

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Steamship Group pays for lifeline emergency service for a year

A lifeline service for people in Cornwall who are suicidal or in crisis is being funded for an entire year by the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group’s Community Fund. Cornwall Samaritans’ emergency room answers phone calls, texts, emails and drop-ins from people in their hour of need. The service, run by 120 volunteers, costs £3,380…

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Best New Year gift for Mount Hawke children

Children at Mount Hawke Academy have thanked the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company for “the best New Year gift we could ever have wished for”. An impressive new made-to-order adventure playground was installed in the school grounds over the Christmas holidays, replacing old, tired play equipment which was no longer fit for purpose. The £23,000…

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Lifeline service for struggling Cornish families trains 10 new volunteers thanks to Community Fund

When Sarah Phillips was told her six-month-old son had suffered a stroke, family life as she knew it changed forever. In her time of need, she turned to Home-Start Kernow, a small charity which offers support, friendship and practical help to struggling parents in Cornwall – help which Sarah says “saved her life”. Four years…

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Steamship Group’s biggest charity donation supports heritage gig project

An aspiring project to preserve irreplaceable historical data on the traditional Cornish sport of pilot gig rowing has been given a massive cash boost thanks to the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group’s biggest ever donation. The exciting initiative, Pulling Together the Past, which aims to safeguard the history of pilot gig rowing in a new…

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Villagers in Constantine benefit from £2,000 donation

The leaky roof on Constantine’s well-used village hall will be replaced with a brand new one this summer, thanks to a £2,000 donation from the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group’s Community Fund. The small group of fundraisers from the village WI said they were “bowled over” by the company’s generosity and weren’t expecting anything to…

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Third Scilly Kids Triathlon is roaring success

The third Scilly Kids Triathlon has been hailed a roaring success, with half the islands’ primary school children taking part in the event. In beautiful sunshine on the Garrison, 57 children from all five of the inhabited islands were awarded medals, t-shirts and ice cream for completing the triathlon earlier this month. The event was…

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Stargazing on Scilly gets a major cash boost

An ambitious project to build a permanent astronomical observatory on St Martin’s has taken a major step forward with a £2,000 grant from the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company’s Community Fund. Building work on the observatory, the first of its kind on Scilly, is starting imminently behind the St Martin’s Hall and Reading Room, at…

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Two island projects are the latest to receive cash boost

Two community projects in the Isles of Scilly are the latest to benefit from a cash injection from the Steamship Group’s popular Community Fund. Donations of £1,250 to St Agnes Island Hall and £300 to the Isles of Scilly U3A have already made a big difference to the people who use them. The community hall…

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Last chance to apply for £10,000 community group fund

Local projects are being reminded to apply for a grant of up to £10,000 from the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group’s Community Fund before the deadline on March 21. The Community Fund, which has donated £25,000 in funding grants since its launch in 2016, is open to local community projects and charities based in Mid…

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