Local Music Group In-line to get £10,000 boost from Comic Relief

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SELFA Girls Rock, an all-female music group is in with a chance of getting £10,000 from Comic Relief via its new CrowdMatch programme.

SELFA, the local children’s charity for Skipton & Craven has already received a 2-year grant of £40,000 from Comic Relief to invest in the Core Strength of the organisation, enabling the charity to increase its reach and provide better services to vulnerable children and young people.

Billy Dann, Digital Innovation Manager at Comic Relief said: “Comic Relief is pleased to be trialling with SELFA this new way of funding charities. We will provide a grant towards Girls Rock if they can raise an equal amount (£10,000) via crowdfunding by the end of November. Crowdfunding is a great way for charities to connect with their immediate community and build links with local donors. We send SELFA our best wishes for the success of their crowdfunding campaign.”

Emma Pears, SELFA’s Chief Officer is delighted at the opportunity the charity have been offered. She said: “We are seeing massive changes in the funding landscape for charities delivering services such as ours, with a decrease in grants we are now having to look at new and innovative ways of supporting the work we do. We are very excited to have been chosen as one of the 16 pilot charities for this project with Comic Relief and we hope that local residents will support us to continue to provide this service which is a lifeline to the girls who attend.”

The CrowdMatch project differs from regular online giving, as it offers a number of ‘rewards’ to donors. Depending on the amount pledged, donors can receive Girls Rock badges, CD’s and those who donate the most will have front-row seats at the Girls Rock Christmas Performance on Saturday 9th September at St Andrews Church Hall in Skipton.

Anyone wishing to support the project can do so at http://bit.ly/2yiPYD9

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