The Sure Community Foundation, a registered charity that offers support through donations to non-profit organisations, has reached the huge £300,000 milestone which coincides with a decade of giving to great causes in the Guernsey Bailiwick.
The Foundation is managed by trustees formed from Sure employees and is purely funded by a combination of staff and business donations. It plays a vital role in the communities across Guernsey, Jersey, and the Isle of Man, and since 2012 60 charities have benefitted.
In Guernsey this year the Foundation pledged to support Headway’s weekly veteran sessions for two years. Headway Guernsey is a local charity supporting islanders and their families who are living with the long-term effects of a brain injury. The donation of £5,700 will cover the cost of renting Headway’s dedicated space at the KGV as well as food, drinks, and entertainment for the group. Crucially, the money will be used to fund the provision of Headway’s specialist staff.
Philippa Stahelin, Executive Director of Headway, said: “The Sure Community Foundation has been involved with Headway for a long time and we are so grateful for their support over the years. We simply cannot run our services without help from foundations like the Sure Community Foundation. By offering to fund Headway’s veteran sessions for the next two years, the Foundation has made it possible for us to plan ahead, undertake new projects, and provide our members with the best possible service.”
This year in Jersey the Foundation donated £600 to Brighter Futures (main picture) to go towards the cost of five handsets. Brighter Futures is a local charity supporting parents, families, and young people in Jersey. The handsets have allowed workers to have WhatsApp, meaning they can communicate with clients for free. It also allows keyworkers to video call and text from any location.
Tina Scott, Keyworker from Brighter Futures, said: “The Sure Community Foundation very generously donated a smartphone to every keyworker at Brighter Futures which has broken down a lot of barriers to the way that we communicate with our clients.”
Lucienne De La Mare, Chair of the Sure Community Foundation, said: “We have been in place for ten years now and it’s a great achievement to have reached the £300k milestone. The Foundation’s work has made a valuable impact across the community, and we’d like to thank the team for their dedication and kindness which makes this all possible.”
Other Channel Island charities that have been supported by the Sure Community Foundation in 2022 include Bright Beginnings, Grow Limited, Relate Guernsey, Guernsey Voluntary Service, Citizens Advice Guernsey, Jersey Royal British Legion, Dementia Jersey, Jersey Macmillan Cancer and Brightly Jersey.