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Look Good Feel Better

Look Good Feel Better is a leading cancer support charity aimed at boosting the physical and emotional wellbeing of people living with cancer. The national charity, helps boost the physical and emotional wellbeing of people living with cancer through free online and (post Covid) face to face workshops, printed materials and tutorials. The small group sessions tackle some of the problems that might be faced through treatment.  Questions can be asked, experiences shared and lots of new tips and techniques are demonstrated by our experts. Most importantly there is always a lot of chat and laughter!

“We are thrilled to receive this grant for £1,431 to help towards providing vital physical and emotional support to people living with cancer.  Over the course of the last two years, raising funds for the charity has been incredibly challenging. However, as we come out of the pandemic demand for both our virtual and in person wellbeing Workshops has never been greater. It is for this reason that support from organisations like the Skipton Community Fund is so absolutely essential to the future success of the charity and in supporting people living with cancer.”

Ruth Adams, Look Good Feel Better

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Maternity Wallet

Family First

Family First is a support service in Jersey that was established in May 2018, to support families who need to go off island with their children for treatment. Since May 2018, they have supported over 100 families who have faced some of the most difficult times in their lives, such as, having a premature baby, a child in a mental health facility or a child receiving cancer treatment. At Family First, they offer a point of contact for parents whilst their child is in a UK hospital, they support them with sourcing accommodation close to the hospital, funding for travel and many other areas of support. 

'We are so grateful to the Skipton Fund for supporting our charity as they have kindly funded our leaflets for 2021 and 2022 and with this support, we can ensure that families facing a most difficult time in their lives, are aware of our service and can access some much needed support.'  Cheryl Dolbel, Family Liaison Manager

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Talking Benches

Talking benches

Personal tragedy leading to Talking Benches. After an extremely challenging 18 months, many people across the islands are still feeling socially isolated.  This isolation can have many causes and affects all ages. 

It is well known that when people talk to each other life can be better, which is why a brand new ‘Talking Bench’ has been created in St Martins, outside the parish hall. This follows the first ‘Talking Bench’ located at Petit Bot.

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Carers Gsy Xmas Hampers

Carers Guernsey

Carers Guernsey are an independent charity providing support to anyone in the Bailiwick who cares for a friend or family member who, due to illness, disability, mental health problems or addiction, cannot cope without their support. There are thought to be in excess of 6,000 people in the Bailiwick supporting others in an unpaid caring role at any point in time, the majority doing so without any recognition or support.

Carers Guernsey aim to support carers in a number of ways, by providing practical support from crisis management to help filling out paperwork, emotional support, advocacy and by facilitating a peer support network. 

Christmas hampers were donated by the Skipton Community Fund to these carers for all their hard work and dedication. 

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Only Fools and Donkeys

The Only Way is Up! charity sportive was the obvious next step following the publication of Matt Collas’ Cycling Climbs book at the end of last year. The book celebrates 26 of Guernsey’s hills with stunning pictures from Nick Déspres alongside the statistics and profile for each climb.

The Only Way is UP! took place on Sunday 3 October with the option of two routes.  The full course is 55 miles and takes in 25 hills with approximately 6,000ft of climbing and the alternative route of 44 miles will take in 14 of the hills and climb approximately 4,500ft.

‘The ride is in aid of Only Fools and Donkeys which raises money for local charities working with children, young people and adults with learning difficulties and physical disabilities.’ said Matt Collas.  ‘I came across the charity when I took part in their Mule Loire charity bike ride in 2018 and all the proceeds from the book – which stands at just over £9,000 – has been donated to them.

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Corbiere Ward Garden

Corbiere Ward at Princess Elizabeth Hospital

The Skipton Community Fund has been able to provide support for a much-needed garden makeover at a specialist centre in Guernsey’s Princess Elizabeth Hospital.

The Corbiere Ward is part of the Older Adult Mental Health team, a 20-bedded unit which looks after older adults who are experiencing Dementia. Skipton received a request for help to its  Community Fund to create a homely environment for the residents by making their garden into a safe sensory environment. 

 Their fence was painted,  shrubs and flowers were planted, and a feature was designed using a nautical theme for the residents to enjoy.

The finished result is something that Bridgette Loveridge, the Ward Manager, is delighted with.

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Accidental Zoo

Accidental Zoo

The Skipton Community Fund was pleased to assist The Accidental Zoo with their launch of ‘Thrive Outside’ for primary schools across the Bailiwick of Guernsey. Taking place in July 2021, over 1000 Bailiwick children were given the opportunity for close interaction with a variety of animals to aid their education.

  • The Accidental Zoo is a charity registered in Guernsey, which uses engaging up-close animal experiences to have a long-lasting impact within the island community. It builds opportunities for delivering education experiences in an exciting, hands on, real life way and facilitates activities to support the long-term health & wellness of people seeking a better quality of life within Guernsey

    Charlotte Le Guilcher of the Accidental Zoo said: “As a new charity, support from organisations such as Skipton is vital in getting our venture off the ground and putting on the very best events we can. Their assistance allowed us to host an animal related craft activity as part of the Thrive Outside visit, encouraging creativity and hopefully inspiring our next generation to focus on the protection of animals.”

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Climb LBG

Climb LBG

Climb LBG is a Guernsey Registered Charity that was founded in August 2020. It is a member of the Association of Guernsey Charities and the Youth Commission for Guernsey and Alderney. Providing climbing, hill walking and mountaineering activities to those who would not otherwise be able to access them due to financial, physical or aspirational barriers. The generous grant from Skipton will go towards providing an instructor for Les Voies, registering them with NICAS (the National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme) and providing their logbooks, as well as going towards covering our running costs such as insurance, equipment and technical advisor.


Wetwheels Jersey

Wetwheels Jersey, the disability power boating charity, can set sail in 2021 with the donation of two new life rafts from the Skipton Community Fund. The charity is set to welcome up to 1,200 people onto its vessel this year.

The Skipton Community Fund stepped forward to answer the charity’s call to help replace its old life rafts, covering the costs for one six-man and one eight-man life raft along with accompanying grab bags which contain first aid and safety equipment.

The Wetwheels Jersey experience, which allows disabled people of all ages the chance to enjoy power boating, is currently booked up to August with expectations that it could be the busiest year for the charity as more people and community groups look to utilise the service following the relaxation of Covid restrictions. In 2019 the charity welcomed 1,169 people on board its boat.

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Skipton Community Fund

Skipton Community Fund

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