Helping local causes with our annual Darwen Community Awards
We’re proud to have once again awarded £10,000 in funding to worthy community projects and not-for-profit schemes in and around Darwen, Lancashire, where we employ 500 people.
The donations have been made through our annual Crown Paints Darwen Community Awards, in partnership with Darwen Town Council.
Our £500 donation to the Neil Wickers Memorial Fund for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) allowed the fund to achieve its £5,000 target. CRY works to offer cardiac screenings to young people aged between 14 and 35; Irene Wickers set up the memorial fund in memory of her son Neil, who died in 1996 from an undiagnosed heart defect aged just 31.
The charity had already been fundraising successfully through tombolas, raffles and collection boxes – all of which will be put towards the charity’s goal of holding a mobile heart screening in Darwen. The screening will allow young people in the area to undergo a series of tests including ECGs and consultations with a cardiologist and the CRY screening team.
We’ve also awarded £2,000 to Whitehall Bowling Club, which has been a vital part of the community for over a century. The club will be putting the money towards resurfacing its walkway around the bowling green in preparation for its 110 year anniversary celebrations, which will see the club welcome the ‘Walk This Way’ choir to the bowling club for a special performance.
Everton Street Bowling Club has also set its sights on repairing its entrance path, and we’ve donated £1,800 through the Darwen Community Awards towards the works which would allow the club to repair the thoroughfare that runs from the club’s entrance gate to the pavilion.
The final donation was awarded to Junior Gardeners Football Club, which received £1,778 to pay for new equipment for the club. The grassroots club, which is part of the Accrington & Junior District Football League and provides coaching to children aged four to 16, will spend the funds on several pairs of new football goals and a new crowd respect barrier.
As a major employer in Darwen we are very proud of this community and the people who make our town a friendly, pleasant place to live and work. The awards allow us to give something back to the local community and support the vital work these clubs and charitable organisations are doing to improve the quality of life in Darwen. These are all very worthy causes and we look forward to seeing the impact that the funds have for their projects and events.