Donation springs from town talents' fair performance - The Rugby Observer

Donation springs from town talents' fair performance

Andy Morris 18th Oct, 2017   0

TALENTED young Rugby musicians have recently received a financial boost thanks to their performance at this year’s Rotary Spring Fair.

Rugby Area Talent Trust (RATT), whose singers showcased their talents onstage at the fair in May, were presented with a cheque for £500 by the Rotary Club of Rugby Saturday Breakfast last week.

Handing over the donation, club president Sue Betts said: “It was delight to see such talented young people and, as I recall, all with great performances on the day. Rugby’s got talent, it has to be said.”

RATT trustee and founder David Head said: “Performing at The Rugby Spring Fair 2017 was a highlight of the year for us.

“We are grateful to Rotary both for that amazing opportunity to showcase the fantastic talent that we know exists in Rugby, and for this donation. We all hugely enjoy collaborating with the Rugby Rotary Clubs and we are already looking forward to being involved at the fair next May.

“We are just about to launch a new tranche of small grants for young talented people in our town so this donation has come at an ideal time.

“We will be making finance available to support young people to develop their musical, art, sporting, academic or entrepreneurial talent with applications open during October, and grants being approved in November.”

RATT trustee Angela Head added: “Applicants will need to let us know about their particular talent and how a RATT grant will make a difference.

“It’s extra exciting this year because we have additional funding from being the mayor’s chosen charity and it’s going to be really interesting to read through all the applications.”

Requests for grants between £100-£500 can be submitted online at Applicants under 18 will need their parents’ support. The deadline for applications is October 31.

Rugby’s guide dog guardians also received a cheque from funds raised at the Spring Fair by the Rotary clubs.

The local branch of the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association received a cheque for £400 to support their continuing work.

Pounds for hounds – left to right: Geoff Webb and Wren are presented with a cheque for £400 from Sue Betts of the Rotary Clubs of Rugby, with Becky Macintosh, Sue Webb and Fudge. (s)

The association’s Geoff Webb said: “We are grateful for the contribution. This generous cheque will help support both local and national centres to provide, train and care for guide dogs to assist blind and partially sighted people throughout the country to lead independent lives.”


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