Firm launches bursary scheme

GOOD CAUSE: From left, Emma Lowe, Tina Lowe and Dermot Hamill donate money to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust

GOOD CAUSE: From left, Emma Lowe, Tina Lowe and Dermot Hamill donate money to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust

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THE support of charitable causes in the local community is a high priority for Collins Stewart Wealth Management and the business has supported a number of initiatives in 2012, including the 2012 Awards for Excellence.

Collins Stewart’s sponsorship of the Young Achiever of the Year award, which will be presented to an individual under 30 who has made a significant contribution to the community, an organisation or a business, coincides with the firm’s decision to introduce a bursary scheme in 2013, which will help two students to continue on to higher education in the UK or on-island.

As well as sponsoring the award, Collins Stewart has helped to fund a number of local community and charity initiatives including the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, Manx Blind Welfare Society and The Children’s Centre, through its charitable trust.

A donation was made to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust to help fund the purchase of an ‘eFlow’ nebuliser which helps to enhance the quality of life of cystic fibrosis sufferers in the island. The ‘eFlow’ nebuliser is a device used in daily treatment to administer nebulised antibiotics to the sufferer. This treatment process would usually last half an hour, but can be done in 10 minutes by using the eFlow technology.

The Cystic Fibrosis Trust raises money for children who suffer from the life-threatening diseases – the UK’s most common genetic disorder affecting the lungs, liver, pancreas and intestines.

Collins Stewart also made a donation to the Manx Blind Welfare Society which enabled them to purchase a pebble magnifier and books for the talking book library.

This was part of the Book for Life campaign launched this year to ensure people with eye conditions can continue to enjoy their favourite literature.

The society looks after the interests of more than 600 people with serious sight loss in the island.

The pebble magnifier provides portable magnification for those with a range of eye conditions and it can be helpful even when conventional magnifiers are no longer effective.

Funds from the charitable trust also enabled the Children’s Centre, which manages a variety of community initiatives to help young people realise their potential, to buy a new fleet of mountain bikes for their Mobex programme.

The programme is an outdoor education service, utilising adventurous and creative activities to challenge and motivate young people to make changes in their lives.

Dermot Hamill, head of Collins Stewart in the Isle of Man, says the company wanted to give something back to the community and he’s glad that the charitable trust has been able to make such significant contributions to the island’s charity initiatives this year.

‘It’s brilliant that we’ve been able to support and give funding to such a range of local charities and initiatives which help a variety of local people,’ he said. All of the money has gone to purchase items that will really benefit local people who use the services and this was an important factor for the charitable trust.

‘I’m looking forward to attending the Awards for Excellence and to presenting the award to the young achiever of the year. It’s really important to acknowledge when a young person has made such a huge contribution to the island, so I’m pleased to be involved.’

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