Make It Happen 2015: Don’t miss your chance to bid for help from the Ragdale Hall scheme

You, too, could have a smile as wide as this group of Make It Happen recipients from last year's awards. Photo: Lionel Heap
You, too, could have a smile as wide as this group of Make It Happen recipients from last year's awards. Photo: Lionel Heap
  • Community causes can win a share of £10,000
  • Scheme is in its 11th year
  • Awards have totalled over £100,000
  • Online application form takes minutes to complete
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The unique Make It Happen community chest is open for the 11th successive year and community, voluntary and sports groups are all eligible for a share of the £10,000 treasure.

The partnership between Ragdale Hall and the Melton Times began in 2005 and, since then, nearly 200 organisations in the area have benefitted.

Make it Happen Awards logo

Make it Happen Awards logo

Ragdale Hall, the health hydro and thermal spa on the outskirts of Melton, has once again put up a wonderful pot of £10,000, and all types of clubs, groups and organisations in the area are encouraged to bid for a share.

To bid for a share of the community chest, fill out the online form.

Grants are made, typically in the £200 to £1,000 region, to enable events to take place in and around the borough, and to help with community projects.

David Hamdorff, managing director of Ragdale Hall Health Hydro and Thermal Spa, said: “We are really excited to be involved in the 11th Make It Happen awards. It really feels as though the awards have become part of the local framework now and something that can be relied upon each year.

Ragdale Hall

Ragdale Hall

“The variety of applications we have received over the years is amazing and we always look forward to receiving them and hearing about the incredible work being done in the area. We have been able to make awards totalling in excess of £100,000 to over 100 different organisations and we would like to think this has left a lasting impression on the local community.

“However we couldn’t achieve anything without the groups themselves and we’re under no illusions that the real heroes are the people running the schemes and initiatives, the awards evening also gives us an opportunity to celebrate their work.”

Successful applicants will be invited to a presentation evening at Ragdale Hall on Thursday, December 3.

Looking back at the origins of the scheme, Mr Hamdorff added: “Ragdale Hall has been operating for 42 years and has so much to thank the local community for. Most of our 500 employees come from the local area, as well as a large proportion of our customers, so it’s great to be able to give something back. It has been exciting to see the good work that has been achieved with donations from the scheme.

“I do hope we get a record number of applications this year and that maybe some of the schemes that have been successful or otherwise in the past will give it another go.”

Involved this year is Melton Times content editor Marie Bond, who said: “What a fantastic example of community spirit. I’m grateful to the Ragdale Hall team for their support in, literally, making this happen for the Melton community. We couldn’t do it without them.”

The deadline for entries is Monday, November 2, at 5pm.