SHOCK, relief and celebration were felt by the winner of the Car Finance’s Company’s scheme to give back to the local community.
Beat the Bullies was chosen by staff at the finance firm to be given a £10,000 grant.
Set up by Chloe Hine after she was bullied for years, the organisation aims to help those who are suffering at the hands of bullies.
After being surprised with the cheque, a delighted Chloe said: ‘The funding will make a massive difference.’
‘It wasn’t expecting to get something, it is so overwhelming.
‘The difference it will make is tremendous.’
With a small office, the 22 people who contribute to the charity often find it hard to give the time that they want.
Chloe said: ‘It will mean that we will be able to get a bigger office and better facilities.’
The presentation was shared by other members of Chloe’s family including the company’s chief executive and the 15-year-old’s mum Emma.
She said: ‘You have no idea what this means to us.
‘It feels like a weight has been lifted and I can breath again.
‘It is just lovely. Many people from the local community want to come in and help but we don’t have the space.’
The funding will give Beat the Bullies the chance to help more people through education.
‘We have wanted to go into schools and talk about bullying for a long time but we couldn’t do it, but now we will have the facilities to do this,’ said Emma.
With a plan to launch nationally in September, the charity is in the process of creating a website.
‘There are so many things that we have planned, including a website, that we need to get, so this money will help us,’ said Chloe.
Staff at the Car Finance Company were impressed with Chloe and Emma’s breakdown of what the money would be spent on and what the charity stands for.
Managing director Mark Smith, who presented the cheque at Beat the Bullies Havant office, said: ‘We thought that the pitch was brilliant.
‘We were all inspired at what this young girl has achieved – it is amazing.’
Mr Smith has also offered to help the charity with business help and provide it with new computers.
The Friends in Finance scheme, supported by The News and Coffin Mew solicitors, saw charities and community groups apply for a cashpot of around £20,000.
More winners will be announced in The News tomorrow.
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