D.W. Nye’s ‘Proud to be Local’: voting begins

Published:  27 February, 2018

The public to decide the winner of the first £500 of D.W. Nye’s ‘Proud to be Local’ campaign.

D.W. Nye, which will give away £500 each to four different community groups and good causes in the county of Sussex during 2018 as part of the campaign, has shortlisted three Horsham causes for the first round of funds and is now inviting the public to cast their votes for their favourite. The group receiving the most votes will be declared the winner. There will be three further opportunities for residents to make nominations at later dates causes, which will be announced throughout the year.

The three causes that have been shortlisted for February’s round of funding are:

The Springboard Project

The Springboard Project is a community based charity that provides inclusive play and leisure opportunities for families with young children, as well as short breaks for children and teenagers with disabilities. Springboard House in Horsham is a drop-in centre for families to enjoy during the week. The funding will go towards essential garden maintenance, repairs, and upgrades to the Hurst Road building.

Home-Start CHAMS

The volunteers at Home-Start CHAMS visit vulnerable local families with young children to offer non-judgmental, practical, and emotional support. The charity helps families to overcome challenges including domestic violence, addiction, mental health issues and bereavement. Last year the group supported 379 children across Horsham, Crawley, and mid Sussex. Due to a lack of resources, almost half the families asking for help will be turned away. A contribution of £500 will go towards helping more families benefit from the service.


4TheYouth is a Horsham based charity set up to run youth projects for young people in Horsham district and surrounding areas. The group runs five generic youth club sessions for young people, who can choose to take part in sports activities, play games, and learn and develop new skills. The £500 funding would go towards equipment for its brand new Saturday club, The Woodland Project. Using a Forest Schools’ approach the club will run bush craft activities for 8-12 year olds so they can learn skills such as lighting and managing a fire, whittling, and building natural shelters.

Votes can be cast in three different ways. Either by visiting D.W. Nye’s depot in Kingsfold and posting a token in the relevant voting box, clicking the chosen group on the poll that will be pinned to the top of D.W. Nye’s Facebook page or by emailing proudtobelocal@dwnye.co.uk and putting the name of the group being voted for in the subject line. Duplicate votes from the same email account will not be counted. Polls will close at midnight on Sunday 11th March 2018. Nominations submitted after this time will not be included. The winner will be notified by Friday 16th March 2018.

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