Bay charities bag £1,000 cash boost

Picture of charity workers receiving cheque

Cheque time: L to R: Mark Gridley (Haven Torbay; Karen Barnett (Haven Torbay); Jon Rawley (Skipton Building Society); Chris Milner (Mr Mortgages) - Credit: Submitted

Mr Mortgages, a financial services business based in Torbay, has bagged two £1,000 pots of cash to support two local charities. 

Business owner Mark Rainey nominated The Thrive Project for Skipton Building Society’s community giving initiative, whilst Chris Milner, who works alongside Mark providing mortgage advice to Torbay residents, nominated Haven Torbay. 

Skipton’s community giving was open to brokers across the country, with 40 grants of £1,000 made available and Skipton asking financial service companies to nominate a housing or homeless charity they wished to support. 

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Cash boost: L to R: Mark Shephard (Thrive Project); Caroline Rainey (Mr Mortgages) - Credit: Submitted

The Thrive Project operates from a base in Winner Street, Paignton, and provides support services and a community larder. Run by volunteers, Thrive offers practical help to get vulnerable people into housing alongside access to a computer and advocacy work. 

Mark and Rachel Shephard are the driving force behind the charity. Mark said: “We’re so grateful to get these funds. Running the centre and providing the facilities we offer is difficult without donations and funding. We were so pleased Mark chose to nominate Thrive and so thankful to Skipton Building Society.” 

Haven Torbay, based at St Andrew’s Church, Sands Road, Paignton, was set up in 1998 and is run by 10 volunteers. It is committed to help people move on from often troubled or chaotic lives and is entirely financed by gifts. Services range from night shelter, hot meals and support with temporary housing. 

Karen Barnett and Mark Gridley from the charity and said: It’s amazing to be awarded this donation and we are very grateful and thankful to Chris Milner for the nomination. This £1,000 will allow us to buy a new freezer to store food ready for preparation. It will also allow us to support our users with IT skills and access to a computer.” 

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Jon Rawley, Skipton’s Torbay based business development manager, said: “As a building society we’ve been helping people buy and improve their homes for over 160 years. Community giving has been a great success. It has been great to see local charities benefitting. 

“The work the teams at the Thrive Project and Haven Torbay do to support those in need is phenomenal.”