Cheadle-based disability charity, Seashell Trust has received a £500 grant from Handforth financial planning firm, Equilibrium.
The financial planners made the donation through the firm’s Community Support Scheme, established in 2015 to regularly support charities and community groups in Cheshire and Greater Manchester.
Wendy Bray, fundraising manager at the Seashell Trust, said:
Seashell Trust is so grateful to Equilibrium for their incredibly generous donation of £500. The money raised will be used for hydro equipment that will enable more children and young people with very complex disabilities to access our swimming pool. Our aspirations for young people include ensuring they have access to the same opportunities as others, including sport and recreational learning. Seashell Trust has pioneered inclusive sport for those with and without disabilities and exercise also make an important contribution to our students’ mental health and well-being. Thank you so much from everyone at Seashell.”
The donation to Seashell Trust will pay for equipment to enable children with complex disabilities to shower safely after swimming lessons at the charity’s site, providing a specialist shower trolley.
Equilibrium’s Community Support Scheme has now donated over £24,000 in grants of between £100 and £500, as well as making a £30,000 donation to local charities and foodbanks, struggling due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Equilibrium’s founder, Colin Lawson, said:
In the wake of COVID-19, the plight of charities has really come to our attention. Food banks are struggling with having less volunteers and no produce as people panic buy. The general public is also making fewer donations than normal, as people are having to face pay cuts or redundancies and have less cash to spare.
“Everything that we do at Equilibrium is centred around making people’s lives better, and so as the world has been thrown into turmoil, we feel there’s no better time to throw ourselves wholeheartedly into that.”