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Five Welsh charities to receive share of £1.25 million donation

The ScottishPower Foundation has announced this year’s recipients of its annual award fund. Five charities in Wales will share a part of the £1.25 million pot to help them make a positive difference to people’s lives in many diverse communities in the country.

The five charities in Wales who have been chosen by the ScottishPower Foundation include a United-Nations style climate change awareness and action initiative for young people, a STEM learning programme and a theatre partnership to teach primary school children about the justice system. The ScottishPower Foundation selected Bangor University’s Reaching Wider initiative, Theatr Clwyd, Size of Wales, Techniquest science discovery centre and Young Women’s Trust as five of twenty-five projects across the UK to receive funding this year, bringing real benefits to communities across the country.

Mike Thornton, Chairman of the ScottishPower Foundation, said: “Each year it’s incredible to see the applications received from projects across Wales that are making a life-changing difference to people in their communities. We’re so pleased to announce this year’s funding package for 25 projects across the UK, which are all doing incredible work to make a real difference to their communities and the people living in them.” 

Abe Sampson, Fundraising Manager for one of this year’s funded charities, Techniquest, said: “Techniquest is a charity with a mission to embed science into Welsh culture. The donation from the ScottishPower Foundation will help us share our innovative STEM programme with school children in the most disadvantaged areas of Wales through an outreach initiative to schools and communities that struggle to access our centre. It means we can tailor each session to each school’s individual needs and provide access to interactive experiments that are both enjoyable and educational. The ScottishPower Foundation has given us an incredible opportunity for children in Wales and we can’t thank them enough!”

The ScottishPower Foundation was established in 2013 with the aim of making a significant and lasting contribution to society, enhancing the lives of people living in communities throughout the UK. It provides funding to registered charities which are involved in the advancement of education, environmental protection, citizenship and community development, science, the arts, heritage or culture as well as the prevention of poverty and relief of disability or other disadvantages.

This year’s funding recipients in Wales are:

  • Bangor University– Reaching Wider Partnership
  • Size of Wales
  • Techniquest
  • Theatr Clwyd
  • Young Women’s Trust

The funding total also covers an awards ceremony hosted by the ScottishPower Foundation, which gives this year’s selected projects the opportunity to receive a further boost to funding for a specific initiative.