From the hundreds of charities that applied, a shortlist of 30 charities was chosen by our Lasting Legacy Committee and we invited colleagues, customers and members of the public to vote for their three favourite projects to benefit from our Lasting Legacy Fund.
Voting was open from 13 to 31 October 2014 and we are delighted to advise that 15 charities have been chosen to receive a donation of £10,000 each to fund a specific project that will make a lasting difference to their community.
Please see below the list of the 15 charities that received the most votes and will receive a donation of £10,000 each to support their community. If you would like to know more about a charity, simply click on their name and it will tell you all about how they will use the funds awarded.
We offer a specialist counselling and diagnostic service for people who have been affected by autism or Asperger's syndrome.
We will buy a specialised trolley and sensory room items for our therapy room, and a specialist ADOS (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule) toy box and software to help with the diagnosis of autism.
Charity No: 1148790
Our aim is to rescue horses and ponies, as well as other animals, which have been neglected or mistreated and in need of protection.
We are going to upgrade the sanctuary to provide better facilities for the horses, by building them shelters in their fields, as well as offer Equine therapy to the public once the project is complete.
Charity No: 1141356
We enhance the lives of those with learning disabilities through multi-sensory books.
With our £10,000 donation we will produce a brand new multi-sensory book for children and adults with learning disabilities with copies of the book being donated to each of the 47 special educational schools in Yorkshire.
Charity No: 1026432
We care for and support children with life limiting and life threatening conditions and their families.
We are going to create an area within our gardens that would provide a peaceful haven for families to enjoy quality relaxing time together, with wheelchair access.
Charity No: 1076958
We are ‘Community Led Environmental Action for Regeneration’ and work to improve the neglected post-industrial town of Buckhaven.
Involving local community volunteers and school children we will transform an area of wasteland by planting a 200 tree public orchard which will be accessible to all.
Charity No: SCO43573
We provide educational experiences of farm animals, growing plants and rural crafts especially for people with learning difficulties or mental health issues.
With our Lasting Legacy Fund donation we will convert an existing old classroom building into a woodwork workshop for people accessing the farm, providing workbenches, tools and equipment.
Charity No: 1017056
We provide quality support and advisory services to those suffering from visual impairment.
We are going to develop a fully equipped mock kitchen at our facilities to help people with sight loss gain a level of independence and emotional wellbeing, including a range of assistive technologies.
Charity No: 1065745
We were established in 1980 to provide services to inner city communities – we have grown over the years into a 24 acre site.
We are creating an outdoor classroom with a timber and fabric 'sail' canopy that would protect a seated area between our wildlife gardens and award winning educational centre.
Charity No: 510452
We provide sports and educational activities to children and young people from the seriously deprived areas in our community.
Our donation will provide a community allotment and education centre which will provide valuable health, education and enterprise opportunities for disadvantaged young people from our five inner city community based projects.
Charity No: 1122573
Rossendale and Pendle
We provide search, rescue and immediate treatment of missing or injured people (sometimes animals) in rural, suburban and urban locations.
We are going to upgrade our medical treatment equipment including splints, medical bags, stretchers and medicine to aid with the search, rescue and immediate treatment of those who need our help. Location: Rossendale and Pendle (nationwide work when required).
Location: Rossendale and Pendle
Charity No: 508209
We provide domestic abuse services to men, women, young people and children who are victims or survivors of physical, emotional or sexual abuse.
Our donation will enable us to re-furbish a refuge that we run in the Havant Borough for women and their children who have had to flee their home, which is part of the national refuge network, so that residents feel cared for and valued.
Charity No: 1146773
We provide comprehensive facility for the care and rehabilitation of owls from the region, and the promotion of owl conservation throughout the UK.
We are going to develop a sensory garden at the sanctuary, accommodating the needs of those suffering from sound and light deprivation with wildlife related braille boards and touch and sound exhibits.
Charity No: 1086565
We support people with learning disabilities, their families and carers, recognising and celebrating the uniqueness of every individual.
The Lasting Legacy Fund donation will provide a new suitably adapted minibus, enabling elderly and physically disabled members to access local community events and sporting activities.
Charity No: 226413
We aim to complete restoration of the 65 mile Wilts and Berks Canal.
The £10,000 donation will enable us to repair a 200 year old brick culvert under the restored canal at Pewsham that has collapsed. This will re-water the canal which is popular with the local community and a habitat for wildlife.
Charity No: 299595
We care for people with terminal illness, providing palliative care as well as supporting the families of those affected.
We are going to extend and improve our overnight facilities at the hospice, enabling families and friends to stay with their loved ones at critical times and providing additional support when needed.
Charity No: 510643