£20,000 donation to Brightly

Jersey Freemasons

Press release

Up to 10 Jersey young people previously in care get funding to purchase household and other essentials

Brightly, the Jersey based charity that supports children and young people in care between newly born to aged 25 years, has received a £20,000 donation, from Jersey Freemasons.

Brightly, formerly the Brig-y-Don Children’s Charity, supports between 160 and 250 children and young people in Jersey each year. Its aim is to help these youngsters to make an independent and fruitful life for themselves by providing financial support for education and training, health, and well-being and independence. The funds donated by Jersey Freemasons will be used to support up to 10 young people in Jersey who have been in care and are now aged between 16 – 21 years old, wishing to live independently, and who have the life skills to do so successfully.

Brightly will be offering each of them a one-off gift called an “Independent Moving On Grant” (IMOG), agreed at the discretion of the Charity, up to the value of £2,000 per grant. The young person can use the funds to purchase, with the help of their Social Worker, items such as furniture, new white goods, deposits/initial rents for independent accommodation, televisions, mobile phones, and laptops and clothing, including footwear, for job interviews.

The Government have recently introduced support for care-leavers, which includes financial support for moving on from care. However, not all care leavers qualify for this support and in such cases Brightly ensures support for these young people.

Wendy Nerac, Fundraiser at Brightly (pictured) commented “We are so grateful to Jersey Freemasons for the donation. Their generosity will ensure that we can continue to support the children and young people that need it the most.”

The Head of Jersey’s Freemasons, Graham Spence said “I am immensely proud that, despite restrictions imposed by the pandemic, the generosity of our members and Charity Association have again enabled us to assist Brightly and the vital work they undertake supporting young people wishing to live independently. Jersey Freemasons’ commitment to charity is very much community focussed and encompasses many long-term relationships with local charities.”