Double success for Plymouth as two community projects win national award

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Two Plymouth community groups have secured £5,000 each after winning a national award.

Military Kids Club (MKC) Heroes and Butts Park Table Tennis Facility were awarded the funding by financial mutual, OneFamily, through its Foundation Community Awards. The annual awards provide game-changing opportunities for community organisations, groups and projects across the UK.

MKC Heroes is a support group for primary aged children whose parents are in the Armed Forces, particularly those who are away regularly or deployed overseas. The group gives its members a chance to come together for support and talk to others in similar situations about their experiences.

Club leaders will use the money awarded through the Foundation Community Awards to buy resources that will help its young members cope when a parent is away from home for long periods, such as deployment countdowns, memory boxes and photo frames.

MKC Heroes was nominated for a Community Award by Zoe Campbell, a OneFamily customer whose husband serves in the Royal Navy.

Zoe said:

“Being from a forces family myself, MKC Heroes is really close to my heart, so I’m extremely grateful that we’ve been awarded this money.

“I know how hard and stressful it can be being separated from a loved one for prolonged periods, and it can be even more difficult for young children.

“Having a dedicated group available gives the children a chance to speak to and build relationships with others from forces families and, importantly, gives them access to a worker who can help support them through often very emotional times.”

Butts Park Table Tennis Facility, in Newton Ferrers, has also been awarded £5,000. They will use the money to start a new table tennis club, creating a dedicated area and buying a table, table tennis equipment and seating that will be located at their local play park.

The project’s organisers hope that the new club will get more people interested in the sport, whilst improving the fitness of residents in a space where the community can socialise.

Butts Park Table Tennis Facility was nominated by Penny Wheatley, a OneFamily customer who lives in Newton Ferrers.

Penny said:

“We wouldn’t be able to build this new table tennis facility without the Foundation Community Awards, so we’re very thankful to everyone who voted for us.

“We have such a diverse community here – we wanted to bring everyone together in a fun, accessible way and maybe even introduce some of them to a new sport!

“We’re hoping that once the facility is up and running, we can set up a proper table tennis club, perhaps even entering tournaments and competitions.”

MKC Heroes and Butts Park Table Tennis Facility were two of 41 organisations presented with an award in the latest round of the Foundation Community Awards.

Karl Elliott, marketing director at OneFamily, said:

“Although MKC Heroes and Butts Park Table Tennis Facility are very different initiatives, they’re both making a difference in their local communities, and we’re extremely proud to be able to support them.

“Our Community Awards go right to the heart of what being part of a mutual society is all about, directly benefitting our customers and the causes closest to their hearts.

“Our next round of Community Awards is set to launch in Autumn 2017 and we’d encourage our Plymouth-based customers to get involved and nominate a cause that’s important to them.”

Through its Foundation, OneFamily redistributes a proportion of its profits back to its customers, to help them to help their families, their communities and those they care about most.  In 2016, 100,000 people directly benefited from Foundation Community Awards.

Over a period of five years, OneFamily aspires to make £5 million available through its Foundation, helping to improve the lives of its customers, their families and communities.

For more information please visit: https://www.onefamily.com/your-foundation/community-awards/