A-Plan Supports We Love Lichfield

A-Plan Insurance is celebrating a new partnership with ‘We Love Lichfield’, a local community fund that provides small grants to a wide range of voluntary projects based in Lichfield District. A-Plan’s Lichfield branch in Bore Street have agreed to donate £25 every time someone takes out a car, van or home policy and mentions ‘We Love Lichfield’.

 

Laura Maritza (Branch Manager) said: “We are really proud to be supporting We Love Lichfield and the excellent work they do locally. The team and I are looking forward to getting involved with activities throughout 2020 and beyond.”

 

Laura continued: “We like to be where people can access us easily and where we have an opportunity to engage with local people, businesses and charities. This allows us to really become part of the community. Lichfield is a great location for A-Plan and on a personal level I feel proud to play a part in the area’s vibrant economy.  We are here to provide a personalised service, designed to help our clients find the protection they need.”

 

Simon Price, CEO of Arthur Price and Patron of We Love Lichfield, said: “Thank you A-Plan twice.  Firstly, for agreeing to donate £25 for each car, van or home policy bought.  Secondly, to have a national company supporting a small but growing fund like ours, shows that our work is recognised as making a real difference.  It gives us all a boost to raise even more money to help the local community.”

 

We Love Lichfield provides small grants twice a year to a wide range of projects based in Lichfield District. Companies and individuals can donate, or fund raise and all money is invested through a permanent endowment fund by registered charity The Community Foundation For Staffordshire in line with charity commission guidelines. The interest and dividends earned is then distributed by the Fund as small grants across the district twice a year. The beauty of this model is that it will provide a source of on-going funding for many years to come. The aim is by 2023 to have created enough capital to give away £50K every year for ever. More information: www.welovelichfield.com

A-Plan has over 90 branches nationwide and it’s Bore Street Lichfield branch offers local residents, and businesses a more personalised way of arranging home, motor, travel or business insurance as an alternative to online insurance sites. A-Plan does all the hard work to find the right cover to suit clients’ individual circumstances.  Insurance cover can be arranged by phone, or by popping into the branch. Refreshingly, A-Plan does not have call centres or call queuing systems.

 

Pictured: The team from A-Plan Lichfield with Simon Price (far left) and Julian Fisher (far right) of We Love Lichfield

Feeling The Love In Lichfield At Christmas

Arthur Price CEO and patron of We Love Lichfield hosted a special event donating thousands of pounds in grants at its special Christmas presentation. The charity, which supports voluntary groups making a difference in our communities, invited recipients, civic leaders and guests to the event in Lichfield’s George Hotel on Friday 14 December.

 

Just over £13,000 was given away to the following groups; Live Music Now, King George V Scouts and Guides Beaudesert, Shenstone Community Library Local History Group, Kendall and Wall Charitable Trust, Youth Sailing at Chasewater, Lichfield Swimming Club, Whittington Wednesday Club, Clifton Campville Village Hall, 1st Burntwood Scouts, Friends2Friends, Cogs Prepares For Life, The Guild of St Mary’s, Lichfield Greenhill Bower, Girlguiding Lichfield Division, Gartmore Riding for the Disabled, Shenstone Cares Elderly Support Group, Erasmus Darwin House and Spark Burntwood.

 

The donation to Spark, which will be used to fund an after-school club, was extra special as it became the 200th organisation to receive We Love Lichfield funding.  To mark the occasion there was a special guest to make the presentation – celebrity Debbie McGee, who is starring in Sleeping Beauty at the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

 

“I am honoured and humbled to be here with you all,” said Debbie. “It is so important that we support people doing special things that we often don’t get to hear about.”

 

Two groups which have received We Love Lichfield grants explained how the money has helped them. Doug Morrison, of Stonnall Youth and Community Centre Association, said its grant was being used to refurbish the floor of the centre and Anna Dennison and Kevin Pudney, of Friends2Friends, a social group for people with learning difficulties, spoke of how the money was used to take service users on a trip to the seaside.

 

Patron Simon Price paid tribute to the organisations and individuals that have supported We Love Lichfield this year. He thanked The George Hotel for its generous hospitality and We Love Lichfield patron Julian Fisher for organising the presentation, fellow patron John Heeler for riding from Lichfield London to raise money for the cause and patron Carrie Jahn for jumping out of a plane in aid of the charity.

 

City travel agent RB Collection gave a £500 donation to We Love Lichfield and a cheque for £4,000 was also received, the proceeds of the Lords Taverners Dinner at Lichfield Cricket Club in the summer.

 

Pupils from Lichfield Cathedral School became We Love Lichfield’s youngest fund-raisers – they raised more than £1,000 this year with two “big breakfast” fundraisers and a talent show supported by The Wolverhampton Grand Theatre.

 

The aim of We Love Lichfield is to establish a permanent fund for the city which supports good causes every year. For more details and to make a donation to the fund please visit welovelichfield.com