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Charities being shortlisted for share of £100,000

Pitch to the Panel judges begin sifting process

Charities being shortlisted for share of £100,000

JUDGES for the Greenham Common Trust Pitch to the Panel are busy sifting through the applications submitted by local charities and organisations.

The event offers charities the opportunity to claim a share of £100,000 in a Dragon’s Den-style format.

This is the second year that the competition has been staged. Paralympic gold medallist Danny Crates will be the keynote speaker.

Greenham Common Trust chief executive Chris Boulton said: “We have been bowled over with the number of applications we’ve received, and now comes the tricky task of narrowing them down to just six.

“We will do what we can to promote the interests of those who don’t make the shortlist, as well.

“It’s important to remember that the work that these charities do has an impact on everyone locally.”

Two successful charities at last year’s event were the West Berkshire Rapid Response Cars and The Living Rainforest, Hampstead Norreys.

WBRRC was awarded £4,733 for winter safety kits for their cars and drivers. Chairman and trustee Andrew Sharp said: “WBRRC is a small local charity, which saves lives in our community.

“We are extremely grateful to Greenham Common Trust for its support. Our Pitch to the Panel grant from GCT has enabled us to purchase a wide range of safety equipment for each of our charity response vehicles.”

The Living Rainforest received a donation of £37,807. The organisation sought a grant of £56,222 to refurbish an existing glasshouse to show the unique rainforest environment of small island nations.

Director of development Ruth Larkin said Pitch to the Panel was a great experience for the team at The Living Rainforest and would encourage others to apply and raise their profile.

The pitch will take place at the Corn Exchange, on Wednesday, November 9. The evening will also offer the opportunity for people from charities and businesses to meet and exchange ideas.

Tickets are available free of charge and can be reserved by calling the Corn Exchange box office on 0845 5218 218.

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