We were very pleased to recently receive an email from one of our early main sponsors, Thames Water. In the email they say:-
"We have been keeping in touch with many of the organisations we have partnered with through our Community Investment programme and have been concerned to hear about the new challenges you are facing, particularly through loss of income.
We value all our community partnerships and want to try to help those who are most at need through this difficult time. We will do this by committing the majority of this year’s Community Investment funding to a £400k emergency relief fund to help our existing partners with core funding and other essential activities."
Here at Rye Meadows, our main income is derived from donations and grants and these are, in the main, aimed at specific projects. In the past Thames Water provided a generous Grant for us to build a wooden walkway through Centenary Field to the new pond and scrapes. This was the reason they have now contacted us again in these difficult times as one of their Community Investment partners.
Maintenance on the Meadows does not stop because of Covid-19 and we still need to service our tools and tractors. We still need to pay Insurance Premiums and we still need fuel and electricity plus many other general administration costs. These are part covered by a generous annual donation from Mr & Mrs Burnett, but the remainder would normally come from donations and sales of merchadise at events such as Ashtead Village Day and River Mole Fun Day both cancelled due to the virus.
Therefore the offer of assistance by Thames Water to make up this shortfall was very welcome and we applied for a very modest sum of £1,400 which Thames Water have agreed. They have asked us to advise our members that the grants have been funded via their Community Investment Fund, which is financially supported by the shareholders and not through customer bills.