OSM Charity support is shown in the Norfolk Province in several ways.
First Each Conclave will collect and distribute funds to charities of its choice and these are often local functioning charitable bodies.
National OSM Benevolent Fund
Next, all individuals in the Province are encouraged to contribute according to their ability to the National OSM Benevolent Fund, which responds very quickly to the needs of members wherever they may be and is often the first to become involved in helping a Brother with difficulty.
Provincial Campaign (July 2017 – July 2019)
Then, the Province also adopts a local Charity to support over a limited period of time as a specific project. We are currently engaged in fundraising for the Clare School in Norwich
Details are given below on their activities. This is a two year initiative and a cheque for the proceeds will be presented to the Fund Representative following the Annual Meeting on the 22nd July this year. The fund stands currently at a little over £8,000 which is an outstanding effort from all the members of the Province, our friends connected with the Province, and some assistance from Grand Conclave through Match Funding, which added £1,000 to the total to bring it to the current £8,000.
The following is Information on the school and the reason for our support
Type of SEN provision: ASD – Autistic Spectrum Disorder; HI – Hearing Impairment; SLCN – Speech, Language and Communication; VI – Visual Impairment.
The Hydrotherapy Pool Project
Care for Clare appeal smashes its £100,000 bid to get pool project off the ground for the Clare School in Norwich
PUBLISHED: 07:15 06 December 2016 | UPDATED: 10:58 06 December 2016
Almost £10,000 has been raised towards an appeal for a hydrotherapy pool at a specialist physical, sensory and complex needs school.
The Clare School gets a third outstanding Ofsted result in a row. Picture: ANTONY KELLY
It’s the latest round of fundraising for the Care for Clare appeal, which raises money for the Clare School in the Golden Triangle, Norwich.
The charity has been going for more than 20 years and aims to raise enough money to help provide specialist equipment for use in the classroom and outside environments.
Previous fundraising has allowed the creation of a playground and sensory garden.
David Edmonds, from the charity, said the pool would have many benefits for pupils at the school such as the relief of pain and muscle spasm and the maintenance or increase in range of motion of joints.
And he had even experienced the use of hydrotherapy pools – which tend to be kept at 32 or 33 degrees – himself after being involved in a car accident.
Mr Edmonds said to get the ball rolling, the charity had needed to raise around £100,000, which would show potential funders they were serious about the bid.
“In March this year we had around £70,000, I said we should aim to get £100,000 by the end of the year, we can then draw up the schedule” he said.
“We’ve now got £130,000, we’ve had some very generous donations.”
The latest donation came from a boxing event held at The Talk, Oak Street, which raised £9,624.
Now Mr Edmonds said they will start preparing bids for the full funding of the pool, which he expects will cost around £500,000 in total.