The Town Meeting received feedback from groups on how they had used their grant to help improve lives in and around Crewe. A list of those organisations is set out below together with some selected quotes.
- Crewe Concert Band
- Crewe Senior Forum
- Crewe and District Local History Association
- Team Chongi Academy
- Crewe Samaritans
- Community Garden Project
- Donna Louise Hospice
- Central Cheshire Buddies Scheme
- Crewe Brass
- Crewe Alex Ladies Football Team
- Royal British Legion
- The Cat Community Radio
- CR Swimming Club
Paul Moore from Donna Louise Trust said ‘The Donna Louise Children’s Hospice has been supporting children with life-limiting conditions and their families across South Cheshire and Staffordshire for just under 11 years. Although they have provided support to families in Crewe during this time their profile as a charity and fundraising from the area has been minimal. With a grant kindly provided by Crewe Town Council the charity were able to hold its first event in the area to begin raising profile and vital income from the town. Due to strict budget restraints this simply wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the council and resulted in over 50 brand new families choosing to support the work of the hospice financially. The system was straight forward and we were delighted to receive the full amount of income for which we applied’
Adrian Lindop, Chair of Crewe Senior Forum said ‘A Voice for Crewe was heard loud and clear last evening by such diverse, voluntary, groups and organisations, stating how they have benefited from Crewe Town Councils funding. My own group, 90 older people are feeling the benefits to their health and wellbeing, thanks to this funding which enabled Crewe Senior Forum to provide exercise and holistic therapies Thanks Crewe Town Council.’
Kevin Walker of The Cat Community Radio said ‘We represent The Cat, who are a voluntary community radio group, based in Nantwich, serving the Crewe, Nantwich and surrounding rural area.
We have been broadcasting, in one guise or another, for twenty one years now, via restricted service licences and mainly on the internet.
Earlier this year, however, we were awarded an FM license, meaning we will be able to reach more people from Haslington to Acton, while still reaching further afield via our continued internet broadcasting.
As mentioned, we are a voluntary organisation, so any financial help is greatly needed, particularly for the initial FM set-up. Crewe Town Council kindly awarded us a grant towards the cost of our transmission equipment. We currently anticipate a start date of the FM transmission to be between November this year and February 2015 but that is dependent on a timetable set by Ofcom.
This means that, not only will our area get the radio coverage it has been crying out for so long, but we will also be able to support, promote, and highlight local charities, societies, organisations and events.
We are truly grateful for the support we have received in helping achieve this long held dream’