As part of its fifth birthday celebrations, The Lexicon is delighted to announce that it has donated five awards, each worth £5,000, to five local community groups, through The Lexicon Charity Fund.

Stepping Stones receives £5,000 to boost their educational outreach to mainstream and special needs primary and secondary schools. Stepping Stones DS helps children and young people with Down Syndrome fulfil their potential by providing opportunities to be social, have fun and learn.

ABC to Read receives £5,000 to recruit and train new volunteer mentors to help children aged five to 11 who are struggling with their reading. They currently work with 14 schools in Bracknell but need to recruit more volunteers to meet the demand in those schools. The volunteer mentors work one-to-one with children, to build their confidence and reading skills.

Age Concern Bracknell Forest receives £5,000 to purchase ‘Activitouch’ interactive tables for its Day Centre. The interactive tables will help keep elderly minds active, with online games to help their memory and cognitive skills. In addition to specialist dementia care and support, the Day Centre also runs a weekly community group to combat and reduce social isolation.

Chance to Dance Stars receives £5,000 to hold monthly activity workshops for children and young adults with a physical, cognitive, mental, sensory, emotional and/or developmental disability. The workshops aim to improve students’ physical and mental health, build confidence, and provide opportunities to learn new skills and socialise with peers.

Berks County FC receives £5,000 to run free weekly football sessions for children with additional needs that can’t access the club’s mainstream sessions. The award will also go towards supporting parents that can’t afford the associated costs with playing football.

Sue Boor, head of marketing at The Lexicon says: “We are absolutely delighted to be able to support these local community groups as part of our fifth birthday celebrations. A big thank you to visitors to The Lexicon who have helped to raise money for our charity fund by attending our events over the past two years.”

The fund is managed in conjunction with Berkshire Community Foundation [Charity Number: 1155173], an independent charity that connects local people with local causes and projects.

Jon Yates, chief executive at Berkshire Community Foundation says: “We congratulate The Lexicon on their fifth birthday and have been delighted to work with the wonderful people there to deliver these awards.

“The five groups receiving the funding cover a range of social, educational and physical needs for young and old alike. I look forward to seeing the impact these awards will make to the lives of many people and also to the continued success of the Lexicon. Here’s to the next five years and beyond.”

Image: The Lexicon Team feft to right

Sue Boor - Head of Marketing / Gavin Vidler - Deputy General Manager / Rufai Hydara - Head of Security / Sam Buckley - Operations Manager / Natalie Webb - Retail Marketing Executive  / Rob Morris - General Manager / Wendy Trenerry - Finance Assistance / Rupal Patel - Business Administration Manager