The industry charity has announced that it raised over £110,000 in 2016.
As a result, 23 different charity projects will be funded with the money raised from this year’s activities. The industry charity – which hit the overall £1m fundraising milestone recently – invited all registered charities to propose projects they would like to be considered for funding.
The Light Fund committee recently voted on over 90 submitted projects with the result of 23 projects across the world getting the go ahead.
David Scott, treasurer of The Light Fund and MD of Rainbow Productions, said: “After the jubilation of reaching our £1 million milestone, it is wonderful to be able to put this year’s funds to very good use, enabling so many worthwhile charity projects to go ahead next year. Thanks to the generosity of those in the licensing industry and affiliated trades, we have had one of our best fundraising years ever in the history of The Light Fund.”
The projects receiving donations from The Light Fund are as follows:
Orchid Cancer Appeal – to pay for Orchid Education Events/Roadshows in target areas of Greater Manchester.
The Children’s Trust – to fund three new high spec shower trolleys and one new bath seat and spare covers in the specialist children’s brain injury facility.
New Life… Special Care Babies Charity – to fund a hot cot ‘incubator’ for the John Ratcliffe Hospital, Oxford.
Challenge Africa – to build a large scale community poultry farm and fund teacher’s salaries, books, pencils and basic medicines at The Light Fund Uzima School for orphans in Abimbo village, Kenya.
Children’s Brain Tumour Foundation – LIMA’s fundraising effort for CBTF is centred on a spring campaign to raise money directly for the Consortium, a group of 13 hospitals working together to analyse brain tumour tissue, test treatments and find a cure.
The Brain Tumour Charity – funding for 500 Brainy Bags (given to children when they have been diagnosed with a brain tumour) which contain toys and things to do which act as a communication tool.
Spread a Smile – to provide a year’s worth of monthly visits from a troupe of magicians, singers, fairies and other entertainers to children in University College Hospital.
Multiple Sclerosis UK – to transform the charity’s information leaflets.
Action for Kids – to fund specialist mobility equipment for disabled children and young people around the UK.
Motor Neurone Disease Association – to give 20 children a grant to enable them to have a break and take part in normal childhood activities.
Footsteps Foundation – ‘Shoes for a year’ will provide disabled children at Footsteps with specialist orthopaedic shoes.
Alzheimers and Dementia Support Services – to give dementia sufferers and their carers structured singing lessons to stimulate the brain.
KIDS – to help support disabled children at the charity’s play scheme in Hackney playground, East London.
Dogs for Good – to fund an assistance dog partnership for the benefit of a physically disabled adult.
Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity – to fund a near infra-red spectroscopy, a monitor that measures the level of oxygen reaching the brain during operations.
Springboard for Children – experienced tutors will provide 70 one to one specialist literacy interventions to a minimum of 12 disadvantaged pupils through the charity’s centre in Lambeth, London.
Crohns and Colitis UK – to pilot the first face to face residential support service specifically addressing the interpersonal and social needs of children and young people with IBD and their families.
The Fire Fighters Charity – to help fund the charity’s specialised rehabilitation programmes.
Francis House Children’s Hospice – to fund additional hospice nurses.
Rethink Mental Illness – to fund the Advice and Information Service for a week, supporting almost 71,000 people.
Bowel Cancer UK – to help fund the Health Promotion Volunteer Programme in England in 2017.
Learning through Horses – to fully fund one of the charity’s flagship programmes, the 12-week Employability and Horsemanship Skills programme.
Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice – to pay for four special mattresses and a large changing table for the West Yorkshire-based hospice.