NINE organisations were recognised at an awards cerremony last night after scooping a share of £4,000 of criminal cash as part of The Cornishman's Community Cashback campaign.
The newspaper has worked with Devon and Cornwall Police to distribute the funds made available through the Proceeds of Crime Act.
Almost 30 organisations from across west Cornwall applied to join the scheme through the paper and thisiscornwall.co.uk and outlined how they would use the money.
The public were then given the opportunity to vote for their favourite group through coupons in The Cornishman and via text message.
The votes have now been counted and the awards ceremony was held at Tregenna Castle, St Ives, for the nine winning organisations last night.
Certificates were presented by Superintendent Jim Pearce of Devon and Cornwall Police, alongside Cornishman editor Jacqui Walls.
The awards were as follows:
- Hayle Youth Project will use £650 to provide new experiences for young people who are not currently in employment, education or training with the aim to promote new positive experiences and behaviour.
- Bodriggy Academy won £325 and will now be able to purchase wet weather clothing for their students that attend various sports and choir events. These will be branded with the school logo, and as well as keeping the students warm and dry will make them look good and proud of their school.
- St Uny Church of England Primary School will be furthering their Outdoor Learning Zone with the £650 they have won. They will use the money to purchase two beehives and equipment. Produce will be sold to a local restaurant and the school will host other schools in the area to share good practice and experiences.
- Sailaday OK is an adventure therapy charity that helps young people recover from addictions, trauma or abuse by providing enjoyable and challenging sailing activities. They needed £250 to replace life jackets and wet weather clothing for the participants which should last for the next four or five years.
- St Buryan Busy Bees will be aiming to educate families on healthy eating, finding out where food comes from and how it is grown. The £650 will be used to purchase much needed equipment and tools for the project.
- With the £300 they won, Penzance Silver Band will now be able to purchase a stairlift to enable a disabled player to come and teach junior members. The band develops the skills of young members who then go on to play in the full community band in the future.
- Marazion School is going to refurbish its outdoor space to encourage not only students, but also the local community, to use the space more often. With the £650 they will build plant beds and cultivate their own produce within school and to tie in with their science curriculum.
- Cape Cornwall School and the leisure centre will use the £200 to provide the local community with a free ten-week tennis community coaching project available to young people and their parents. This will not only help sporting skills, it will help promote positive relationships between the family members taking part.
- With the £350 they were awarded, Penzance Sea Cadets will now be able to refurbish of one of their units to turn it into a usable room for the young participants and the local community; this will create a safer, warmer and overall better environment to learn in.
The evening was a great success with Penzance Silver Band playing a couple of songs during the event. All organisations involved thanked Cornishman readers for their votes and interest.