2020 Thomas Flack Trust Fund Grant Report

Pippbrook Offices in Dorking

On 4 February 2020, Mole Valley District Council’s (MVDC) Cabinet will be asked to consider the Thomas Flack Trust Fund Grant report.

MVDC is the trustee of the Thomas Flack Trust Fund, established in 2005 to offer funding to projects that benefit residents in Ashtead, Bookham, Leatherhead and Fetcham.

Each year, applications are invited for projects which will provide permanent facilities for local people and help assist the start-up of new initiatives. All applications are reviewed by the Thomas Flack Working Group, made up of elected Members of wards in the north of the district.

The working group’s views will be discussed and grants agreed at the meeting on 4 February. This year, the group is recommending that funds be allocated to the Friends of Ashlea Medical Practice and Head2Head Theatre, both in Ashtead. 

Councillor Hazel Watson, Cabinet Member for Community, said, “It is a privilege to be the trustee of the Thomas Flack Trust Fund, which over the years has benefitted such a wide variety of groups and organisations. We welcome new applications, so if you think your local project might be eligible, please visit www.molevalley.gov.uk/grants.”

For information on MVDC’s other grants and funding opportunities, visit www.molevalley.gov.uk/grants.

Friends of Ashlea Medical Practice is a charity based in Ashtead which aims to relieve sickness and preserve the health of patients of the Ashlea Medical Practice and neighbouring GP practices. Funding is requested for the purchase a micro-suction microscope for the treatment of complex ear conditions and wax removal. The number of patients requiring treatment has almost doubled in the last two years, and the charity wishes to kit out an additional room to increase capacity and reduce the one-month waiting list. The micro-suction service will be available to all GP practices in the Surrey Downs CCG, with the majority of patients treated coming from Ashtead, Leatherhead, Bookham and Fetcham, totalling more than 39,000 people.

Head2Head Theatre is an Ashtead-based charity that provides stimulating and engaging theatre activities for children with a wide range of disabilities. Funding is sought for family holiday activities in the summer and a community pantomime in the winter. The events would be held in Ashtead, Leatherhead, Bookham and Fetcham. Funding would also enable the charity to explore more partnership opportunities. 

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