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30 charities win grants after Light Fund’s record year

THIRTY charities are to benefit from The Light Fund’s record fund-raising year as they have an amazing £150,000 to give away.

Ranging from children’s cancer charities, assistance dogs and the Alzheimer’s Society to schools abroad and funding a milking cow the grants by the licencing industry’s charitable body range from £6,200 to £2,448.
David Scott, Light Fund treasurer and DM of Rainbow Productions, said: “Thanks to an outstanding effort from the licensing community, The Light Fund has raised a record amount this year, meaning we are able to fund more charity projects than ever before.
“Next year will be a significant one for The Light Fund as we aim to reach our £1million fundraising milestone.”
The £1m challenge has been set by chairman Trevor Jones, of Danilo, following the record £15,000 raised by the Southern Light Fund Quiz held in London recently when he told the 300 folk who took part: “Since we started the charity 11 years ago, we’ve now raised £885,000 – wouldn’t it be nice to get to the £1million mark next year!”
A variety of fun activities were undertaken by the licensing industry including the Southern and Northern Light Fund Quiz Nights, The Miffy & Friends Charity Cycle Challenge, the Summer Pub Treasure Hunt, and marathons.
All registered charities are able to submit projects for consideration, and this year there were more than 50 which were considered by the committee and some additional supporters who voted individually on which they wanted to support.
The full list of grants is below.

Light Fund charitable grants 2015

New Life, Hull special care babies unit – £6,200 for a specialist incubator.
Alzheimer’s Society – £5,000 towards Summer Bursaries, which give experience of dementia research to undergraduates with research potential, encouraging them to consider a career in scientific research
Avon Riding Centre For The Disabled – £5,000 to resurface the outdoor disability riding arena.
Berkshire MS Therapy Centre – £5,000 to rent an oxygen tank.
Bowel Cancer UK – £5,000 to fund an online patient information hub.
The Brain Tumour Charity – £5,000 to support Sam’s Project which gives The Brainy Bag to children with brain tumours.
Challenge Africa – £5,000 to create a girls’ school in Kenya to make sure rural girls aged seven to 13 receive a good education.
Children’s Brain Tumour Foundation – £5,000
The Children’s Trust – £5,000 for a part-time health play specialist for six months, benefitting135 children. 
Children With Cancer UK – £5,000 towards the Brain Tumour Initiative.
Cystic Fibrosis Trust – £5,000 to provide welfare grants for 15 individualsl.
Dogs For Good – £5,000 to train an assistance dog for a child with a physical disability. 
Francis House Children’s Hospice – £5,000 to part-fund an additional nurse.
Kidscape – £5,000 to fund five free information sessions for parents.
MERU – £5,000 to help fund the Bugzi Loan Scheme, aimed at increasing the mobility, development and growth of children with multiple complex disabilities such as cerebral palsy or spinal muscular atrophy.
MS Orchid Cancer Appeal – £5,000 towards awareness roadshows in target areas of Liverpool as part of the Go-Nuts for Testicular Cancer Awareness Month. 
MS-UK – £5,000 to create an information pack for those newly diagnosed with MS.
Parkinson’s UK – £5,000 to part-fund a new film available as a DVD and online.
Whizz-Kidz – £5,000 to provide a bespoke powered wheelchair for one young disabled person
Willow Foundation – £5,000 to fund one Willow Day Maker’s salary, one day a week for one year.
Star Bereavement & Supper Service – £4,992 to run three therapeutic support groups in West Yorkshire in 2016.
Tommy’s Pregnancy Line – £4,975 to fund it for one month.
Catholic Blind Institute – £4,700 to engage blind children and war veterans in inter-generational learning surrounding ceramics and jewellery making. The Honeypot Children’s Charity – £4,650 towards a first-time respite break for 12 children aged five to 12.
Medical Detection Dogs – £4,650 to support the costs of an assistance dog for a child with brittle Type 1 diabetes.
Epilepsy Lifestyle – £4,375 towards the Night Time Monitoring Project.
Children On The Edge – £4,250 to establish another informal tent school for 100 children
Sparks – £4,142 towards vital metabonomic consumables to allow researchers to find ways to identify and prevent pre-term birth
Bungoma Calling – £3,800 to fund a milking cow.
CCHF All About Kids – £2,448 to enable six vulnerable children from London boroughs to enjoy a residential activity and respite break.

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