A CARE home for young people with special needs is one of many groups applying for money through a new community scheme.
If the charity was among the winning applicants, Brooklands Care in Gosport would use its grant to start a vegetable patch and sensory garden.
We’ve got a lovely, large garden but it but it needs a lot doing to it.Maria Pearce
The funding scheme, called Friends in Finance, was launched last month by Mark Smith, founder of North End-based firm The Car Finance Company.
Groups and individuals can apply for a share of up to £20,000 to go towards a project that is designed to benefit the community in some way.
Maria Pearce, of North End, decided to apply for Friends in Finance funding on behalf of the care home, where her son lives.
‘We’ve got a lovely, large garden but it but it needs a lot doing to it,’ Mrs Pearce said.
‘The residents here have complex needs. The youngsters with autism don’t live in the same world that we do.
‘The garden would be a calming and relaxing environment for them when they have had a bad day.
‘The Friends in Finance scheme could be just the ticket we need to help us out.’
Brooklands Care is currently home to five residents aged from 15 to 25.
Carers encourage the residents to take an active role in running the home and developing independent living skills.
Mr Smith started the scheme hoping to foster a greater community spirit among the city’s business community.
He originally planned the funding to be split into sums of £10,000, £3,000 and £1,000 for three different projects.
But since then other firms including CoffinMew, KPMG and Shoesmiths have come on board and helped push the total amount even higher.
Michael Hollands, marketing manager at The Car Finance Company said: ‘It’s been great to receive so many applications from such a diverse range of charities and organisations.
‘They’re already benefiting the community in varying ways and it’s encouraging to see how the finance will be used to continue and develop these good causes even further.’
The entries will be voted on by the employees of the Car Finance Company and the other backers of the scheme.
Mr Smith said he would like Friends in Finance to become an annual event.
The three winners of the grants will be announced in The News in early June.