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Jubilee appeal offers chance to help community groups
THE modern day ‘Fairy Godmother’ behind the Jubilee Fund for O-fordshire wants us all to help make someone’s dreams come true.
Jayne Woodley, chief executive of the Oxfordshire Community Foundation (OCF), is at the helm of the fund which has been set up in the Queen’s Jubilee year to raise money for volunteer-run groups and charities.
Ms Woodley, 46, from Chipping Norton, said: “I like think of it as a ‘fairy godmother’ role because it really is making very hard working, worthy groups happy.
“Through donating to the Jubilee Fund, everyone who lives in Oxfordshire will be able to make a real difference to the future of others.”
Businesses, groups and individuals will be encouraged to donate throughout 2012, with the aim of creating cash grants and endowments to support community groups over the next 60 years.
A year-long programme of Jubilee fundraising ‘challenges’ began last week, when OCF launched the Jubilee Magic 60 challenge, urging businesses to donate £10 for every year of the Queen’s 60-year reign to the fund.
Solicitors’ firm Withy King got the ball rolling and it is hoped many of the county’s other 25,000 business will follow suit to help raise up to £20m for good causes.
Ms Woodley said: “Oxfordshire has hidden needs on our doorstep and the number of people needing caring support from our community groups is increasing. But these community groups are facing real challenges with serious funding cuts.
“Unfortunately, charity sort of has a bad name in that it can often be seen to begging for money. But it is very probable that most people in Oxfordshire will have been helped or know someone who has been helped by one of the groups we hope to support.”
Donations have already started arriving at OCF’s offices in Woodins Way, Oxford, and it is hoped that people planning Jubilee events and parties will also choose the Jubilee Fund as their benefactor.
Ms Woodley said: “We have an independent grants panel made up of local people and experts in their field who know the needs in the county.
“We are constantly inspired by the creative and innovative support that groups provide which literally enrich lives on a daily basis.”
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- To help raise funds, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 01865 798666 or call in at OCF’s office at 3 Woodins Way, Oxford. People can also donate by phone by texting JBLE 12 to 70070.
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