Local charity will benefit from successful bid

We’re celebrating this week after our application for funding to support a local arts and community centre was approved.

Henshalls applied to the 2018 Aviva Community Fund to secure cash for The Wellington Orbit, which is a community benefit society.

They needed help to raise money to improve disabled access and thanks to our application, they’ve been allocated a £1,000 grant.

The Aviva Community Awards are based on a voting system and the 400 projects that receive the most votes across three categories receive the funding they’ve requested.

Our managing director, Mark Freeman, said: “We encouraged everyone we could to vote for The Wellington Orbit, and thanks to the support from friends, family, colleagues and clients, our application received nearly 2,000 votes.

“We were delighted with the response, and we’re very grateful to everyone who backed our funding request.”

Chief office for The Wellington Orbit, Sophie Eades, said: “We’d like to say a huge thankyou to Mark and the team at Henshalls Insurance Brokers for applying and winning the funding for us.

“Equipping any building from scratch is a massive task, but thanks to Henshalls, we have been able to purchase essential equipment to improve disabled access.”

The Wellington Orbit has taken on the lease of the former HSBC Bank building in Wellington, and is currently refurbishing the ground floor in phase one of the 6,500ft project.

Sophie said:

“The Orbit will feature a cinema and art café, with regular exhibitions and locally-sourced food, and the upper floors – once they are refurbished – will be used for music and dance, art and craft workshops, and meetings.”

Pictured: From left, Ray Hughes (director of The Wellington Orbit) and Mark Freeman (Henshalls managing director).


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