We are Achates Philanthropy Prize winners

Posted by Thea King on 24th October 2018

We are excited to announce that we are the recipients of £5,000 thanks to our donors John and Mary and the Achates Philanthropy Prize.

The Achates prize celebrates outstanding individuals who have given philanthropically towards a cultural organisation for the first time within the last 12-months. This year, the prize was awarded to our fantastic donors John and Mary.

John and Mary first visited us earlier this year to see the exciting stories our young writers were concocting.  They said, “We were captivated from the outset when we visited the Ministry via the Hoxton Street Monster Supplies shop. This splendid shop used to engage children as soon as they walk through the door told us that we would encounter something special and that certainly turned out to be the case. We both believe passionately that allowing young people to set loose their imagination at an early age can be critical for their future development.”

We’d like to thank John and Mary for their support and for helping us receive £5,000.

Kirsty, MoS Deputy Director adds, “The Ministry was founded on the ambition and hard graft of our community and funded through the generosity of a group of donors and funders who really understood what we were trying to achieve in those early days. Without their belief and investment in our vision, we wouldn’t have been able to grow, develop and champion the writer in every child. So to those individuals and funders, and to both John and Mary, a big thank you from us and most importantly, from our young writers. Only with your help are we able to keep our clubs free for local children.”

Big plans 

£5,000 can ensure a lot of stories are written and shared. We will be using the money as initial investment towards our Schools Relationship Manager, a recently introduced post designed to ensure the success of our programme growth. The Schools Relationship Manager will play a key role in introducing our work to more local schools and helping their teachers and governors to better understand the value of investing in arts and culture and the impact programmes like ours can have on children and young people.

Ministry of Stories welcomes donations of all sizes. To find out more about becoming a donor and making amazing things happen email hannah@ministryofstories.org 


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