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By Chocpr | Thursday, December 05, 2013, 11:26

Bristol based community group, Bedminster Judokwai, is

celebrating this week after discovering they are one of Skipton Building

Society's 'Big 160, securing a slot as a winner in its Grassroots Giving initiative

after winning the hearts and minds of the public and triumphing over nearly 1,000

other applicants across the country.

After being shortlisted in the campaign by the

UK's fourth largest building society, the group's application was then in the

hands of the public vote, to determine if they were to win £500 in funding.

Shortlisted on

Bedminster Judokwai's story was shared nationally, as well as via Skipton's

social media activity - as a result the local group secured a big enough

proportion of the 20,000 votes received to be crowned a winner.


Cutter, Skipton's Group Chief Executive said: "Everyone at Skipton Building

Society has thoroughly enjoyed running this programme which has brought out of

the woodwork so many hard working local community groups, which we would never

otherwise have known of. It is these kind of groups that make communities and

neighbourhoods stronger, especially in difficult economic times, and we're

delighted to have been able to showcase some of the unsung heroes across the UK

who are really going the extra mile to make life better for everyone."

"Skipton's Grassroots Giving programme was set

up to support groups who show commitment to their community, who could

illustrate how they plan to evolve in the future and how the funding would be

used to help secure the longevity of their great work. Typically these

grassroots groups often struggle to secure vital funding due to their size. And

this is what we wanted to change in launching this pioneering initiative.  We now look forward to hearing the stories of

the impact our funding, and the raised profile of these groups has on our Big

160 winners. Hopefully they will continue to flourish and remain the jewels

in the crown of their local communities."  

Bedminster Judokwai is a

community group run by 10 volunteers, who run the judo club for it's 50 young

members from the area. The group enters competitions nationally, with the

children training extremely hard to win their medals. Bedminster Judokwai's

coaches are all volunteers teaching the sport to the enthusiastic youngsters,

and have done so since 1996. The funding received from Skipton's Grassroots

Giving Campaign will be hugely beneficial to the group, as it will mean young

people in the area can stay fit and active, whilst taking part in a sport they

enjoy. It has also become a strong asset to the community, bringing members

together. The Grassroots Giving initiative has had a dramatic impact on the

growth of the group. Bedminster Judokwai are optimistic that with their raised

profile, they will be able to reach much higher goals than they originally


Paul Taylor, Head Coach at the club said:

"We're delighted with this

donation, it will really benefit the community as we can now offer an activity

for more children to participate, giving them an incentive to keep fit and

active, and keep them off the streets."

As part of its Grassroots Giving initiative,

Skipton Building Society has also launched a series of free resources covering

a range of key areas for community groups. From help and advice on how groups

can gain funding through to recruiting volunteers and governance essentials –

the guides can all be downloaded for free form the Society's bespoke Grassroots

Giving website,

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