Nisa’s Making a Difference Locally charity is supporting good causes across the UK with £100,000 in donations to help communities celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee next month.
As part of the charity’s Heart of the Community Awards initiative, 125 good causes and community groups will receive funding of up to £1,000 to help mark the historic occasion with events such as afternoon teas, garden parties and street parties.
Causes were nominated by their local Nisa store and such was the enthusiasm from retailers and good causes to celebrate the occasion that a huge number of entries were received and the original number of winners to be selected was extended from 70 to 125.
Kate Carroll, Nisa’s head of charity, said: “We received a phenomenal response to this round of Heart of the Community Awards and there was a clear appetite from communities to mark this historic occasion.
“The quality of entries was outstanding and we look forward to seeing how our fantastic Nisa retailers celebrate this exciting event with the communities they serve.”
One good cause to be chosen was Stalbridge Hall, in partnership with Stalbridge History Society, to help fund a four-day long village event over the Jubilee weekend.
The Stalbridge celebrations are set to be jam-packed with activities and the MADL donation will be used to hire a marquee and various entertainment, including live music from local singers and an 11-piece band, as well as to provide free face painting for children along with creative activities and a quiet reading space.
Nicky Ryall said on behalf of the group: “We are thrilled and delighted to have been chosen and the money will go a long way to helping us make the celebration happen.
“We want this unique historic event to bring the Stalbridge community closer together and to include as many people as possible.”
Around 90 good causes across the UK have benefitted from donations totalling more than £310,000 in previous rounds of the Heart of the Community Awards, making it MADL’s biggest funding giveaway to date.