St Austell Brewery charity support

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Copy of 1109-0904 chicks - cheque presentationThe St Austell Brewery Charitable Trust has given a cash boost to support the work of local charity, CHICKS.

The Charitable Trust, which supports charities across the South West, has donated £800 to Tywardreath-based CHICKS. The money will be used by the charity to help provide free respite care for a local underprivileged child at its Coastal Retreat base near Par.

CHICKS was founded in 1992 by two teachers who realised that there were many underprivileged children in the UK that had never had the joy of a holiday. Since then, the charity has gone on to help more than 800 children a year at its retreats in Tywardreath, and ‘Woodside Retreat’, in Milton Abbot, Devon.

Marc Bishop, St Austell Brewery’s Trade Marketing Manager, said: “We are delighted to be able to support CHICKS with their fundraising efforts and pleased that the money we as a local company have donated will go into providing respite care for a local child.”

He added: “The Charitable Trust raises money thanks to the huge amount of effort and goodwill our fundraisers and supporters put in, most of whom are St Austell Brewery staff and landlords who donate their own time to stage the activities and events that generate valuable funds.”

Mick Ryan, Cornwall Community Fundraiser said: “We have a new target to support 1200 underprivileged children in 2010.  As we receive no government funding we rely solely on individual donations, corporate sponsors, community groups and trusts.  Many children from Cornwall have enjoyed a free respite break with CHICKS and, thanks to donations such as this one from the St Austell Brewery’s Charitable Trust; we look forward to welcoming many more next year.”

The St Austell Brewery Charitable Trust was set up to act independently to the brewery with the aim of raising and donating funds to good causes and local charities within the St Austell Brewery trading area, which covers the whole of Cornwall but also includes Devon, Dorset and Somerset.

Since its launch in 2003, the Trust has raised more than £184,000 for charities across the region. This year, the Charitable Trusts main beneficiary is Cornwall Hospice Care, but many other local charities will benefit from the continued funds raised throughout 2009.

If you would like to help raise money towards respite breaks for disadvantaged children, plus receive information about volunteering opportunities on weekly camps and our forthcoming events, please contact fundraiser Mick Ryan on 01822 811020 or e-mail mick@chicks.org.uk