Nisa Wigan supports local community
Five locally based good causes have benefited from the independent convenience store in Wigan’s Smithy Green Precinct to the tune of £4,500.
Donations were made in November as part of Nisa’s Making a Difference Locally (MADL) charity with the causes receiving awards from a series of funding initiatives including Heart of the Community Awards, Sports in the Community and A Moment in Time.
The five causes to receive funding were Arts at the Mill CIC who were awarded £1,000 though the Heart of The Community Awards; Doit4Loui and Blessings in Disguise received £250 each through Random Acts of Kindness, Ince Rose Bridge Sports and Community Club got £1,000 as part of Sports in The Community initiative and Wigan St Patricks Amateur Rugby League Club received £1,500 as part of A Moment in Time.
The funding Arts at the Mill CIC won through the Heart of the Community awards has been used to treat 67 children from the community to attend a Christmas show and receive a meal after schools close for the Christmas break. They work in partnership with various children’s charities to distribute tickets and subsidise transport for families who would not be able to afford to attend without financial support.
Hannah Keville from Arts at the Mill CIC: “Over the past years we have found that this is often the first time these children have had the opportunity to see a performance of any kind. The feedback both from the charities that distribute the tickets and the families has been overwhelming, with the most noticeable comment being that it made their Christmas.”
Brothers Mitesh and Hepesh Halai, owners of the family run store Nisa Local Wigan, said: “Each charity will benefit from a much-needed financial boost to help them continue their essential work in supporting those in need and the donations are so timely as we enter a winter that is forecast to be difficult for so many."
“We’re delighted that our local community have benefited from these donations as we know the funding given can make a real difference for smaller charities and groups, who rely on the support of local people and businesses to stay afloat."
“Sometimes small charities gets overlooked because of lack of exposure, so these small charity’s which will receive financial boost means a great deal to us.”