October 21st, 2012 by Lloyds Banking Group Community Fund
The Lloyds Banking Group Community Fund has given grants to 132 organisations, which are working locally to inspire and support young people.
The Community Fund was launched by Lloyds Banking Group to support its partnership of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Torch Relays and staff were asked to nominate local organisations which were then shortlisted for public voting.
Of the 1,500 nominated charities, two worthy organisations from each of the 66 communities across the British Isles have been awarded £5,000 – a total £660,000.
The Friends of Saumarez Park Playground, Young People Guernsey and the Guernsey Marlins Special Swimmers Club were the three Guernsey charities shortlisted in the Bournemouth region alongside the 1st Lychett Minster Scout Group.
“To be one of two winners from the whole Bournemouth region was fantastic. We are very pleased to have been selected to receive the valuable £5,000 contribution to Saumarez Park Playground.”
“As the most used and well known playground in Guernsey, the extra funds are a vital help towards our £500,000 goal of providing a completely revamped, new and exciting park for generations to come,” said Zef Eisenberg, Chairman of the Friends of Saumarez Park Playground.
Mr Eisenberg added that the organisation hoped to be able to move forward with its plans in a phased approach with the first of the improvements due to start in 2013.
Craig Duquemin, Lloyds TSB Offshore business development manager, said the new playground at Saumarez Park was one which would benefit the whole community.
“Becoming the best bank for customers means being the best bank for our communities. The group has 30 million customers and has a clear role to play in society helping communities thrive,” he said
“The Community Fund highlights the group’s ongoing commitment to the communities we serve and doing more to help the British Isles prosper.”
“We are proud to be able to help the Friends of Saumarez Park Playground continue the great work they are doing in Guernsey and we look forward to seeing the difference the award will make,” he said.