Every vote counts for Golden Hill community project

November 24 2016

All fingers are crossed for Golden Hill Sports and Social Club who have been getting their friends, family and colleagues to vote for them to win a £25,000 award from the Aviva Community Fund.

All fingers are crossed for Golden Hill Sports and Social Club who have been getting their friends, family and colleagues to vote for them to win a £25,000 award from the Aviva Community Fund.

Chris Drew said: “Since 2007 when the charity was formed the priority of our fundraising efforts has been to repay the loan we took out to complete the purchase of the sports ground. We are very pleased to say we are on target to do this by August next year and we consider ourselves extremely fortunate for the tremendous support we have received from the local community throughout this period in helping us achieve this.

“The pavilion at the ground is 50 years old and now in real need of upgrading and this is the next project for which we aim to raise funds once the loan is paid off. Winning the Aviva award would allow us to get this work off to a flying start by refurbishing the balcony to the benefit of everyone that uses and visits the ground to play sport and attend community events.”

After becoming a registered charity in 2007, the club completed the purchase of Golden Hill Sports ground in April 2008. Financial support from club members, local residents and grant agencies enabled the club to reach the £230,000 required to purchase the ground thus ensuring that it will be used in perpetuity for community sports. Each year since fundraising events, including Party in the Park, have been held to pay back the loan.

The Aviva Community Fund offers the chance to get funding for an important cause in the community and is open to everyone. The competition encourages entrants to spread the word as widely as possible using all kinds of media, which is exactly what the Golden Hill community has done, asking everyone who uses and benefits from the facility to lend their support. They have more than 25,500 votes so far and still have a little time left to boost the score before voting finishes on November 18. 

The projects with the most votes will become finalists and each community project will be judged by a panel. The winners will be announced on January 10, 2017.