We are grateful for donations of any sort. If you can donate time, expertise or money please get in touch
Catherine one of our members has donated £50 towards the costs of the Bendrigg residential which is very kind of her.
Tracey one of our members has donated £30 which she received from friends for her birthday as a donation for Sign Hi. Thanks Tracey and a belated Happy Birthday.
National Deaf Childrens Society (NDCS)
We have received a grant of £500 from NDCS. The grant is to enable us to hold a celebration party for all our families to get together once Covid restrictions are lifted.
We would like to thank Glasdons for their kind donation to help us cover Christmas activities. This year has been a very difficult year so donations such as this are most appreciated.
RAOB New Era Lodge
A small number of RAOB New Era Lodge members met with our Treasurer Don McLeod to support Brother Jack Bottomley a member of the Lodge who had nominated Sign Hi to receive a £200 donation from the Lodges Small Charity funds. Once we can get back together we will use the donation to support our members by holding activities that enable local deaf children to get together.
We have just received a grant of £2000 from Greggs local community projects fund. This money will be used to help cover the costs of the Bendrigg event. A big thanks to every one at Greggs for their support without which this event wouldn’t go ahead.
CO-OP LOCAL COMMUNITY FUND
A total of £3,874.54 has been raised by Co-op members for Sign Hi Say Hi!. This is a brilliant amount and will enable us to continue to raise funds to continue to hold activities for local deaf children. A big thanks to everyone who supported Sign Hi Say Hi!
Glasdon’s have made a donation of £260 to support our activities over the Christmas period. This year the donation has been increased by an additional £60 to celebrate Glasdon’s 60th year.
One of our Committee members requested donations instead of presents for her 50th Birthday. I am please to say this has raised a fantastic total of £617 which we are going to use towards the Bendrigg Lodge trip.
ST MARY’S FELLOWSHIP
We would like to thank St Mary’s Fellowship for their kind donation of £55. We will use this donation towards the costs of running activities for local deaf children.
ARCHBISHOP TEMPLE SCHOOL
We would like to thank the children of Winchester House, in particular form WP for their kind donation of £27.00. We will use this donation towards the cost of holding activities for local deaf children.
ACTIVE COMMUNITIES GRANT
We have been awarded a 2 year active communities grant to fund our activity programme for the next 2 years. This grant is funded by the People’s Health Trust using money raised through the Health Lottery in the North West. This is great news and means that we will be able to continue to support local deaf children.
The People’s Health Trust is an independent charity investing in local neighbourhoods to help create a society without health inequalities. It works closely with each of the regional and country lotteries raising money through The Health Lottery and distributes grants.
We would like to thanks the Lytham Lions for selecting us as one of the charities to receive donations from this years Swimarathon. We have received a cheque for £3000 to help to fund our summer term programme.
BLACKPOOL MASONIC LODGE
Blackpool Masonic Lodge have made a donation of £235. We would like to thank them for their support and in particular the member who held an event at their house to raise funds. We will use the donation towards funding activities for local deaf children.
MISS M.A. CHANDLER
We would like to thank Miss Chandler for her kind donation to celebrate the 18th birthday of Jane Russell’s triplets. The donation will be used to fund activities for local deaf children.
LYTHAM ROUND TABLE
Lytham Round Table have made a donation of £1300 to help towards covering the costs of an interpreter and activities. We are very grateful for this donation as we don’t receive any government or local authority funding we are dependent on the generosity of organisations such as this in order to keep Sign Hi Say Hi going.
THE CLIFTON MASONIC LODGE
The Clifton Lodge has made a very generous donation of £1000 to support us. We are very grateful for this donation which will enable us to continue to hold activities that provide opportunities for local deaf children to get together.
GLASDON GROUP LIMITED
The Glasdon Charitable Giving Committee have made a donation of £200 to support our activities over the Yuletide season. We are very grateful for their support and will use the donation towards the costs of the Children’s Christmas Party.
ERIC WRIGHT CHARITABLE TRUST
A representative from the Trust came to our Halloween event to see the Club in action and met with the Vice Chair Iain Phillips. As a result we have received a grant of £1000 to enable us to continue to hold activities for local deaf children. We are really pleased that they liked the Sign Hi Say Hi! Club and have recognised this by making this grant.
We have received £200 from ASDA’s Green Token Scheme. We will use the money towards helping us hold activities for local deaf children. We would like to thank ASDA and their customers for supporting us.
National Citizens Service
We would like to thank the Blackpool FC Community Trust run National Citizens programme for their hard work in raising £235.10 for us. Their efforts are really appreciated and the money raised will go to helping us hold activities for local deaf children.
Rotary Club of Lytham
We would like to thank the Rotary Club of Lytham for their kind donation of £100. The donation will be used towards the costs of providing activities to local deaf children.
We would like to thank Alan and his wife for their kind donation of £800. The donation is being used to fund a deaf role model to attend activity sessions. It is good for the children to be able to see that being deaf is not necessarily a barrier to success.
Tesco Bags of Help
We are delighted to announce that we have bagged £3,920 from Tesco’s Bags of Help community grant scheme. Bags of Help is run in partnership with environmental charity Groundwork and sees grants raised from the sale of carrier bags awarded to thousands of local community projects every year. Since launching in 2015 its provided £52 million to over 16,000 community projects. We will be using this funding to provide exciting activities to deaf children in Fylde, Wyre and Blackpool. We would like to thank all the people who voted for us in the local Tesco stores.
Yorkshire Building Society
We would like to thank Guy Penn Community Insurance Brokers an agency for the Yorkshire Building Society in Kirkham and one of their customers for putting us forward to receive a donation from the Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation. The Foundation considered their submission favourable with the result we have received a donation of £2,000. This funding will go towards the costs of providing interpreters for our events.
In Memory of Mike Hallett
We have received a donation of £475 in memory of Mike Hallett who recently passed away. Mike was a very proud granddad and would be thrilled if he knew that his family were using some of the money given in his memory to benefit local children with hearing problems like his granddaughter. Once she is older she will be able to join in Sign Hi Say Hi! activities. The family have also donated money to NDCS. The donation is very welcome and will help to fund some of our activity programme.
We would like to thank Storytellers Inc for their kind donation of £120. The donation will help us continue to fund activities for the children.
The Kentown Wizard Foundation
We would like to thank the Kentown Wizard Foundation who as part of their 12 days of Christmas have made us a grant of £1500. The grant has been made to help us continue to fund activities.
Co-op Funeralcare Thornton
We would like to thank the Co-operative Funeralcare in Thornton for donating a hamper for our Christmas raffle. The amount raised from the raffle (£95) will be put into club funds to use to provide activities for the children.
Co-op Store Larkholme Parade
We would like to thank the Co-op store in Larkholme and their customers for their kind donation of £43.62. We will be using this towards the cost of the children’s Christmas party.
We would like to thank Glasdon for their kind donation of £200. We are intending to use this donation to help cover the costs of the children’s Christmas party.
Joy Leatherbarrow President of the Fleetwood Rotaract handed over a donation of £1000 to Jane Thomas (Chair) at their inauguration dinner which was held at Blackpool Football Club. Also present were Don McLeod(Treaurer) and Karen McLeod(Secretary). We would like to thank Rotaract for their kind donation and all their hard work in organising the many fantastic events throughout the year in order to raise this money. We thoroughly enjoyed attending the events. This year Fleetwood Rotaract are supporting the Play Inclusion Project Charity who provide the session staff for our events.
Marks and Spencer – Blackpool
We have been the Blackpool’s store charity of the year. The monies raised have now been donated to us and total a fantastic £4,583.73. This money will be used to support the many activities we hold for deaf and hearing impaired children in the Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre area.
St Georges Day Clifton Arms Lytham Charity Event
A great big thanks to those gentlemen attending this St Georges Day lunch at the Clifton Arms a fantastic £2,500 was raised for Club funds. These funds have been donated in order to enable us to provide a residential event as requested by the children. The proposal is the event will take place early summer 2018 and we are starting to look into possible venues.
Co-op Local Community Fund
Sign Hi Say Hi! have just been advised that we are to receive £3490 from the Co-op Local Community Fund. We were selected by the Thornton Store last year to receive money in the Thornton/Fleetwood area. This is great news and we would like to thank the Co-op staff for all their hard work in promoting us and Co-op customers in the area for selecting us to receive the 1% of their spend. We are now going ahead to arrange a residential event as put forward by the children.
We would like to thank James Johnson of Accounts (UK) Ltd, Park Road, St Annes for kindly examining and certifying our accounts. It is important that we can demonstrate when applying for grant funding that we have a professional approach to managing budgets and accounting for expenditure.
Christmas Party – 6th December During the party we held a raffle with several prizes donated by the Co-op including a hamper donated by Co-0p Funeral Care in Thornton which was brought to the party by Karen Mercer (pictured on the right). The raffle raised £137 which is a great addition to Club funds.
Marks and Spencers Bingo Evening – West Coast Cafe.
Sign Hi Say Hi! are Marks and Spencers Blackpool Charity of the Year. Staff are raising funds for us throughout the year. Caroline Rivett who is a member of our Committee and works for Marks and Spencers organised a Bingo evening to raise funds. Staff from Marks and Spencers were very generous as over £200 was raised on the evening. Jane Thomas(Chair) and her husband David, Don McLeod(Treasurer) and Karen McLeod (Secretary) attended. We had a great time, there was bingo and a great quiz and plenty of raffle prizes. There are plans to hold a similar event in January and we are hoping to go along again.
Rotaract Quiz Evening – Regal Hotel Cleveleys
Sign Hi Say Hi! are the Fleetwood Rotaract Charity of the Year. They are holding a variety of events to raise funds for us including this event. Attendees from Sign Hi Say Hi! were Jane Thomas (Chair) and her husband David and Don McLeod(Treasurer) and Karen McLeod(Secretary). We were made very welcome and money was raised towards our funds. We managed to come a creditable third in the quiz and will be going along to the next one.
Co-op Local Community Fund
Sign Hi Say Hi! has been selected by the Thornton Co-op to receive money from the Local Community Fund in the Thornton/Fleetwood area. We really appreciate this and it will help us to continue to fund activities for our families. During November Karen McLeod(Secretary), Sarah Hill(member), Jane Thomas(Chair) and Jane Russell (member) spent time (Friday/Saturday) in Thornton Co-op promoting Sign Hi Say Hi! among customers to increase our share of the Local Community Fund. We would like to thank Terry the store manager who nominated Sign Hi Say Hi! and is enthusiastically promoting Sign Hi Say Hi! amongst his customers. We would like to thank the Burnaze Psychic Club for their kind donation of £400. It will help boost club funds which is greatly needed as we have so many more children attending events. The picture above shows John Isles presenting the cheque to Jane Thomas our Chair. We would like to thank Storytellers, Inc bookshop, The Cresent, St Annes for their kind donation of £96.00, it will help boost our club funds.
Staff from the Land Registry based at Warton elected Sign Hi Say Hi! as their charity of the year for 2015/16. A cheque for £4,232.28 was presented to Jane Thomas Chair of Sign Hi Say Hi! by Jeannette Snape (Treasurer) and Carol Eyre (Secretary) of Fylde Land Registry Charity Committee. Sign Hi Say Hi! really appreciate the efforts of the staff in raising this amount and it will be put to good use supporting deaf children in the area. Sign Hi Say Hi! have been the Saint Annes on the Sea Mayor’s Charity 2015/16. Mayor Vince Settle’s last official engagement of his year of office was to present a cheque for £750.00 to Sign Hi Say Hi!. Donations such as these are always welcome and make a real difference to the lives of deaf children in the area.
Sign Hi Say Hi! have successfully bid for funding from the People’s Health Trust Active Communities programme for our “Let’s Get Together” project . The People’s Health Trust is an independent charity funded by 51 local society lotteries and the good causes money they raise through The Health Lottery. This funding will help to cover Sign Hi Say Hi! activities and the costs to deliver those activities from the 1st March 2016 until the 28th February 2018.
Mrs and Mrs W Atkinson
Thanks you to Mr & Mrs Atkinson of Lytham St Annes for their kind donation of £100.00 The Late Dorothy Soars We have received a kind donation of £260, representing donations received in memory of the late Dorothy Soars
CHILDREN IN NEED
Sign Hi Say Hi! have received a grant from Children in Need to help fund our 2015 activities and events. We would like to thank them for their support
HAPPY CREATIVE LIMITED
Thank you for your kind donation of £50, it is much appreciated
The Windmill Players
We have just received a donation of £250 from the recent performance of “I’ll Be Back Before Midnight”. The producer nominates a Charity of their choice and on this occasion the producer Mr B Melling who has personal experience of the care and support given families nominated Sign Hi Say Hi!. In addition another of their members donated £135 from a sale of works.
Inner Wheel Club of Lytham Club have kindly agreed a donation of £200 be given to Sign Hi Say Hi from the legacy left by one of their members. £100 for printing leaflets and the remainder towards the cost of room hire for the club sessions. ******************************************************************************************
A big thanks to all the members of Blackpool Park Golf Club for their generosity. The Captain Mr Brian Williams nominated Sign Hi Say Hi! as his charity and the members have held various fund raising events during the year. In addition a further £150 was raised on the night.
Thanks to Marks and Spencer’s who kindly donated a £30 gift card for the club to support our fund raising activities 2
Lloyds Bank Community Fund 2013 kindly made a donation of £300.
Sign Hi Say Hi! received a grant of £10,000 from the Council for Disabled children to deliver a programme of work on Innovation and Sustainability. The grant has to be used to deliver the following programme of work. 1) to continue the initial work with existing and new families to produce a Local Offer for families with deaf children and young people. This will be through running activities/ events to promote and develop the details of the Local Offer framework. Events will be exciting in order to engage young people and encourage them to share their views. A number of information updates on the Local Offer and SEN reform will be produced including BSL video clips explaining the SEN reform to ensure that families are up to date through the process. 2) to develop policies/procedures and evaluate the most appropriate business / service model for the future of the charity. The Trustees / advisors are working on ensuring the charity is fit for purpose with potential to be an accredited provider of Local Offer services and to gain access larger grant funding. 3) to discuss and agree with Blackpool how the Local Offer will be fulfilled in terms of provision and share with families 4) to communicate with other stakeholders, North West DCSs, the local Disability Network, NDCS (regional and national level ) re 1) 2) and 3) above. Other small charities are also being struggling to find ways of becoming sustainable in this challenging environment and we will ensure we share both the outputs/outcomes. June 2013 Inner Wheel Club of Lytham made a donation of £100. Department for Work and Pensions donated a total of £333.90
Thank you to Don and Karen McLeod who kindly raised £220 during deaf awareness week, they received a significant amount from Blackpool Golf Club, as well as from family and friends. This generous donation will enable SignhiSayhi to continue to provide activities and support for families of deaf children in Fylde,Wyre and Blackpool.
Sign Hi say Hi would like to say a big thank you to Body & Spa Therapy Group B from Blackpool and Fylde College Ansdell campus who raised £135, they did this by offering G5 and back massages during deaf awareness week. Money received goes towards activities for deaf children in Fylde Wyre and Blackpool.