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Braintree Village calls on local community for 20th anniversary initiative

Braintree Village surprises five more local charities with acts of kindness                                                                

Braintree Village has announced the next wave of local charities and groups that will be on the receiving end of its recently launched ’20 random acts of kindness’ initiative. The Braintree District Mencap Society, Bendlowes Trust, Hope House in Braintree, Mila’s Journey and Action for Family Carers in Essex will each receive a funding boost of £250 to provide them with much needed resources and equipment.

In celebration of its 20th year, Braintree Village pledged to support 20 local community groups, organisations and charities with a pot of £5,000 to share through its ‘20 random acts of kindness’ initiative, as a thank you for the work and support given to the Braintree community and residents across Essex.

Hope House – a Braintree-based charity committed to breaking the cycle of homelessness and providing a secure home for homeless people locally – has been presented with a £250 Braintree Village gift card to buy new homeware items for the four homeless people moving into the charity’s newly acquired premises in December.

Bendlowes Trust will be using the £250 towards their Christmas Meet and Greet on Friday 6th December – a monthly event to help elderly, lonely and vulnerable people living in Shalford and the nearby villages get out and socialise on a regular basis. The funding will help towards the venue hire and treating everyone attending to some festive food. 

Mila’s Journey, a crowdfunding initiative to support local toddler Mila, who has Bilateral Dystonic Cerebral Palsy, will be using the £250 donation towards funding Mila’s weekly physiotherapy sessions. Read more about Mila’s Journey here.

Josef O’Sullivan, Centre Manager at Braintree Village, explained: “We received some heart-warming nominations when we launched our random acts of kindness initiative and it was so tough to pick the next five from them all. We hope that our gifts will go some way in supporting individuals and our local communities.

“There is more money in the pot and we would love to support even more worthwhile causes, so nominations are open once again.”

Bendlowes Trust, one of the charities receiving the funding, said: “We’re delighted and overwhelmed by the recognition of Random Acts of Kindness and their generous donation. We wholeheartedly support their work and hope that Random Acts of Kindness goes from strength to strength. 

The local community is now being called on to nominate the remaining 10 organisations or groups that would benefit from the initiative. All nominations will be reviewed by the Braintree Village team, with those chosen surprised over the coming months.

Members of the local community can nominate by submitting the name and address of the group or organisation, along with 150 words that summarise why Braintree Village should surprise them with kindness and what support is required. Funds of up to £250 per project can be claimed for the purchase of products or equipment or alternatively, team members from Braintree Village can provide a day of volunteering for the charity. Previous nominations will also be reviewed.

Nominations should be sent to braintreeactsofkindness@grayling.com or posted to Grayling, Braintree Acts of Kindness, Latimer House, 5-7 Cumberland Place, Southampton, SO15 2BH and should include a name and contact phone number of the nominator. Entries close on Friday 29 November 2019.

‘20 random acts of kindness’ Terms and Conditions

The submission must include a name and contact phone number of the nominator. The nominee must be a community group or charity within Essex. Individuals cannot be nominated. Maximum of £250 spend per project to purchase products of equipment. No cash or money transfer alternative. Entries close on Friday 29 November 2019. Data will be used for the sole purpose of the 20 random acts of kindness nomination and will not be shared with any third party.