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Bid to become charity

David Wilson from the Stephen Carey Fund and Gazette editor Paul Larkin mark the start of the Jam Jar Army appeal.

David Wilson from the Stephen Carey Fund and Gazette editor Paul Larkin mark the start of the Jam Jar Army appeal.

Our Jam Jar Army winners for 2014 have stepped up a gear as they have confirmed that they have applied to become an official charity.

The Stephen Carey Fund, which supplies defibrillators, life-saving equipment and emergency first-aid training to communities, has confirmed that its application for full charity status is now being considered by the Charity Commission.

David Wilson, communications manager for the fund, said: “We have looked at this over the last few months and approached the matter with caution, we are dubious of red tape and often prefer to just ‘get the job done’, but having considered the options the committee were unanimous that the benefits of full charity status simply could not be ignored.”

The committee hopes that its registration will be confirmed before the end of July and believe a successful application will allow them to appeal to access new funding streams.

Plus it will give added confidence to potential donors that this is a cause which isn’t thinking short-term, but is here to make a real long-term difference to the region.

 

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