A Pool Academy student is celebrating after helping to scoop thousands of pounds for charity.
Francesca Goff is a member of Time2Shine, run by Cornwall Accessible Activities Programme (CAAP), which has been handed a grant of £46, 6500 from The People’s Project.
The 15 year old helped bag the money after urging as many people as possible to vote for CAAP’s Time2Shine project. She created posters, had a stall at Pool Market, travelled to Newquay and visited friends and family asking for their support.
Pool Academy also displayed flyers across its building to get people involved.
Francesca’s mother, Annmarie, said: “We gave posters to all our neighbours. We made a hundred copies and gave them out. We also shared information about it online and on Facebook and did a lot of publicity. We asked family, friends and neighbours to send in postal votes.”
Francesca enjoys the group provided by CAAP, based in Newquay, and was happy to hear her efforts had paid off.
Annmarie said: “Francesca loves Time2Shine and has friends there. They do so many activities.
“We were on our way to Hull for a dance competition when we heard Time2Shine had been given the money. We are very proud of Francesca and want to say a big thank you to everyone that voted, it will mean so much.”
Sandy Lawrence, a director at Cornwall Accessible Activities Program, said: “We decided to apply for £46,650 to support some of our older disabled young people to run CAAP for us.
Francesca was instrumental in getting people to vote. She also took part in the promotional video taken by Westcountry television and that day she was in charge of taking the photographs of the event.”
It’s planned to use the cash to help offer structured outdoor activities and events for young people with disabilities and support older participants become deputies for the service. This will give skills for future life and employment. It will also provide children and young people with role models, boosting their confidence and aspirations.
Sandy said: “The shiners will choose, commission, market and deliver a number of activities over the summer and October holidays and will build a portfolio of achievement along with a reference they can take to an employer."
“The project will end next Easter and will culminate in a graduation ceremony which the shiners will organise themselves. We are very much looking forward to working with Francesca and helping to build her portfolio of achievement.”
Dawn Austwick, Big Lottery Fund Chief Executive, said: “We are proud to be supporting this year’s winners in The People’s Projects. They are using National Lottery funding to bring people together and give them the opportunity to build their skills, make new friends and learn from one another. We want to congratulate these great projects and look forward to seeing the positive difference they make to local communities.”