Newquay Rowing Club wins £25,000 award to transform its facilities

Posted in: Foundation Last updated: 17 Nov 2015

OneFamily Foundation £25k award will fund much-needed equipment, benefiting schools, charities, armed forces and the wider community

Residents in Newquay and the surrounding area were today celebrating the news that they had won a £25,000 OneFamily Foundation Community Award which will transform their rowing club.

The not-for-profit club, which has been operating in outdated facilities for years, recently extended its clubhouse to include a meeting room with kitchen, gym and pilot store for 11 gigs (six-oared pilot gig rowing boats), but was unable to afford to fit out the facility.  Now the club has secured the £25,000 award, they will be able, in the words of Sue Handford, OneFamily customer and supporter of the Newquay Rowing Club, “this is fantastic news- it is so great to help a sport that I love and a club that does so much for the sport and the community. These facilities will now be able to fitted out, ready for the 2016 season.” 

The club will now fit out its gym, changing rooms and showers, so that people of all abilities will be able to train, even when bad weather means it’s unsafe to row at sea. And very importantly, the wider community will also benefit hugely, as the gym and meeting room will be available to local people as well as rowers.

John Cuthill, Chairman of the Club explained: “Our volunteers have been raising funds for many years to build an extension that will benefit both the local people and the national rowing community, which visits our club throughout the year. Thanks to the OneFamily award, we will achieve our ambition of offering a full-service club to our supporters and the wider community.  We really can’t thank OneFamily, and the supporters who got behind us, enough!”

The OneFamily Foundation is a unique customer benefit fund, provided by the mutual organisation, OneFamily, which aspires to make £5million available to its members over the next five years to make their lives and communities better.

"Thanks to the OneFamily award, we will achieve our ambition of offering a full-service club to our supporters and the wider community"

OneFamily provides investments, savings, health and life insurance products to help families work together to meet the financial demands of modern life.  As a customer-owned business it is run for the benefit of its customers.  The OneFamily Foundation redistributes a portion of the organisation’s profits, and aspires to make £5 million available to customers over the next five years to help them, their families and their local communities. The Foundation has also helped hundreds of customers with personal grants since its launch in 2014, and its funding pot is made possible due to the financial stability of the customer-owned organisation.

There are four categories for each award, in order to ensure the Foundation gives a wider range of community projects an equal chance to access the funds. For this round of Community Awards there is one award of £25,000 and four awards of £5,000 available in each category.  Newquay Rowing Club won the largest award available in the Youth and Affiliated organisations category.

Karl Elliott, Marketing Director at OneFamily said: “We are delighted to award one of our four largest amounts of community funding to Newquay Rowing Club. The great lengths that they have gone to generate interest and support for their community scheme in Newquay is exactly the kind of initiative and approach we had in mind when we launched the Foundation.”

Sue Handford, OneFamily customer continued: “Firstly, I want to thank OneFamily for giving me the opportunity to nominate a project so close to my heart. I’d also like to show my gratitude to all of those who supported us through the funding application and during the voting process. With so many worthy projects nominated, I said that every vote would count and it certainly did. Newquay’s sports clubs, businesses, tourism-makers and the wider community have all played a vital role in us achieving our goal and we can’t thank them enough for all of their support.”

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Editors notes:

The OneFamily Foundation (formerly the Engage Foundation) was set up to benefit our members, their families and the communities in which they live and work. There are two ways members can benefit; personal grants or community awards.  A number of personal grants of up to £500 are available every month to help them, or someone close to them in times or hardship, or simply to make things a little better. Community awards are open for nominations in Spring and Autumn, with awards of up to £5,000 and £25,000 available to help fund projects in their local community.