The Queen Mary Centre (QMC), Wisbech, is appealing for support to win a funding bid in the OneFamily Foundation Community Awards, which will help keep community groups warm this winter.

The QMC is a thriving venue and community hub in the heart of the Fenland town of Wisbech run by Luminus Ferry Project, an award-winning social enterprise and registered charity that helps homeless people in Fenland. Public votes are needed to win a £25,000 grant from the OneFamily Foundation Community Award scheme to install a new boiler for the centre, which is  currently home to over 60 community groups. The cost of the new heating system for the QMC is £29,000 so the grant would go some way towards the target. 

Financial mutual OneFamily set up the Foundation to redistribute a proportion of its profits back to its customers, to help them to help their families, their communities and those they care about most. Through the Community Awards, OneFamily customers have the opportunity to nominate a community project to benefit from up to £5,000 or £25,000.

Karl Elliott, Marketing Director at OneFamily, said:

“The OneFamily Foundation Community Awards go right to the heart of what being part of a mutual society is all about, directly benefitting our customers and the causes closest to their hearts.”

Luminus Ferry Project Director, Keith Smith, said:

“This is a fantastic opportunity to fund a project that benefits so many local people. We’re hoping that the community will get behind us and support this worthwhile cause. Please spare five minutes to vote for the QMC and turn your time into money for this much needed project.”

To be in with a chance of winning the grant, the Queen Mary Centre is calling on the community  to take a moment to register with the Foundation and cast a vote for the project. The voting window closes on Wednesday 30th November. To vote for the QMC, please visit: 

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