Financial Position - Peter Dolby

Well, what a difference a year makes! Twelve months ago funds were at the lowest level I can recall. Now I am pleased to report funds at their highest level for a number of years. There are a number of reasons for this marked improvement, but the one single major contribution is from the Co-op Local Community Project.

Leigh Co-op Manager, David  Lowe, shows his store’s support
with Endeavour representatives, Peter Dolby and Andrew Wood.

Photograph courtesy of the Leigh Times Group
 We reported in our last newsletter that our contribution with just days to go stood at just under £2,000. Well, when the contributions from Co-op members who had not named their chosen group was taken into account  the total raised was a staggering £4,072.48…!!

Another significant contribution was received from the Waitrose Community Matters scheme. A cheque for £538 was earnt as Endeavour’s green buttons outweighed the two other good causes by about three to one.

We had applied unsuccessfully for grant funding on   numerous occasions for new equipment to help improve our presentation in schools, community groups and at events. When Jeremy Squier suggested we approach the Essex Community Foundation I contacted them and submitted our application. Well, within weeks we were told our application had been successful with funds awarded from  the Essex Chairman’s Fund and the Southend Educational Fund for the full amount of £2,600. We have bought a laptop, projector, screen, two display boards, two pop-up banners and the artwork for a gazebo is underway. Visitors to our new stall at the regatta in September will be in no doubt who we are!!

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