Begging a favour

by Richard on September 27, 2011

My scout group (1st Hope, Wrexham) have applied for a grant from NatWest Community Force. If successful, it will gain us £6000 for much-needed improvements to our headquarters. It seems that the decision is made by public vote, so I’m asking all my friends to vote for us on our project page. (Voting requires registration, but it only takes a moment). Think of it as your your good turn for the day!

Here’s a little ‘promo’ for the group:

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Elizabeth 09.27.11 at 5:13 pm

I’m becoming dubious of all these vote for your favourite type approaches to dishing out funds. It strikes me no-one is likely to read through nearly 6000 registered projects and pick the three they consider to be most worthwhile. Instead I suspect the votes will go to those who can mobilise more publicity for their bid, which, whilst it’s a great means of NatWest maximising the positive exposure they get for this, isn’t particularly likely in my view to result in the best projects, or those most in need of cash at this sort of scale from this sort of source, floating to the top.

That said, since that’s how they’ve chosen to do it, you’ve got a vote from me and I’ll try and prod some friends to do the same via facebook. The system is flakey as anything in my view, but scouts and scouting are cool so lets see if we can milk the system for them :)


Methodist Preacher 09.27.11 at 8:50 pm



Richard 09.27.11 at 8:51 pm

Thanks for that Elizabeth. I share your concern about the way schemes like this work. However, it would take us a long time to raise that sort of money through fundraising and we could really do with it. I’m not in a position to judge if we need it more or less than others — I just have to do my best for my scouts.


Richard 09.27.11 at 8:57 pm

Thank you, MP. Much appreciated.


Pam 09.27.11 at 11:23 pm

The kids’ smiles won me over.


Richard 09.27.11 at 11:28 pm

Smiling kids is what it’s all about!


Kim 09.28.11 at 7:59 am

“I like children. If they’re properly cooked.”
– W.C. Fields


Richard 09.28.11 at 9:21 am

But I bet you can’t manage a whole one…


Kim 09.28.11 at 11:44 am

Only if puréed.


Richard 09.28.11 at 12:34 pm



Bob Gilston 09.28.11 at 11:05 pm

People’s Millions uses the same principle of public vote but with only two projects going head to head. It still depends on the projects getting as much support as possible. The projects that do that best will win the money.
You’ve got my vote.


Jen 09.29.11 at 1:05 pm

There weren’t any pictures of you… Were you behind the camera?

Oh, and I will vote for you now.


Richard 09.29.11 at 1:18 pm

Behind the camera is always the safest place!

Thanks for the vote.


Jen 09.29.11 at 9:11 pm

You should do a photography evening with the kids, get them to take photos of you!


Richard 09.29.11 at 9:45 pm

A photography evening is on my list for later this term, but I’ll be doing my best to avoid the lenses!

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