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SARH shows it CARES with charity grants
Two Stafford-based charities have received a welcome boost from the area’s leading provider of affordable housing, Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH).
Kind-hearted employees stage regular fundraising events for groups making a real difference in the community, prompting the housing association to set up its own charitable foundation to distribute the money they raise.
Now Stafford Brigades Youth Marching Band and Stafford and District Stroke Club are amongst the first to benefit from the SARH C.A.R.E.S Foundation, named after the organisation’s core values; Communication, Approachable, Respectful, Empowering, and Supportive.
On Tuesday (March 5) SARH Chief Executive Karen Armitage presented a cheque for £500 to the Stroke Club, money that will be used to support weekly social and therapeutic activities for local people recovering from strokes and their families.
Geoff Brookes, the club’s chairman commented: We’re totally reliant on generous grants and donations and I’d like to thank SARH for its support.
“As well as helping towards the costs of running our minibus, regular visits by a specialist physiotherapist and our annual trip to Llandudno, we’ll also be able to put some of the money aside to help fund our 40th birthday celebrations in June.”
With plans to set-up a new dance and colour troupe, Stafford Brigades Youth Marching Band are set to receive a grant of £450.
Karen Armitage explained: “Both organisations are doing fantastic work in the communities we serve and we’re delighting to be able to support them through the SARH C.A.R.E.S Foundation.
“Young and old alike will benefit from the money raised by SARH employees who’ve taken part in a wide range of fun fundraising activities over the past 12 months.
“They really do jump at any opportunity to put something back into the community and help fulfil our mission to make Stafford and surrounding areas even better places to live, work and grow.”
Peter Johnson, Band Master of the Stafford Brigades Youth Marching Band said “We have been providing opportunities in the marching arts for over 30 years and currently work with over 50 young people each week.
“We are only able to continue each week due to our fantastic team of volunteers and receiving this wonderful donation will enable us to expand even further what we can offer to the young people of Stafford.”
SARH Chief Executive Karen Armitage (back row, centre) and the housing association’s Development Officer Lindsay Truman (front row, let) hand over a cheque for £500 from the SARH C.A.R.E.S. Foundation to members of Stafford and District Stroke Club.