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2017 Winners

Judge's Winners

Berkshire Women’s Aid

Berkshire Women’s Aid

Region: Home Counties
Votes: 402
Crowdfunded: £140
M&S Energy grant awarded: £12,000

Berkshire Women’s Aid (BWA) opened Reading’s first refuge in the 1970s - set up for victims of domestic abuse. Through this, and also other local refuges, BWA have supported numerous local women and children over the years. Alongside Reading Rotary and with a holistic approach to energy use reduction, they are now hoping to fund the renovation and extension of their first refuge, bringing it into the 21st Century and providing accommodation for desperate women and children.

WHAT THE JUDGE'S SAID: The Berkshire Women’s Aid video strongly resonated with the Judging Panel by emphasising the importance of bringing their accommodation into the 21st Century and in turn improving the quality of life of the women and children taking refuge there. While this project may not have had the reach or the resources to secure as many votes as other entries,their well-produced video struck a chord. The installation of the Solar PV panels will make a huge difference to their operating costs and allow the money saved on energy bills to be reinvested into other vital services the charity provides.

The Avenues Youth Project

The Avenues Youth Project

Region: London
Votes: 246
M&S Energy grant awarded: £11,135
Crowdfunded: £6,915

The New Avenues Youth Project was established in 1979 in response to high levels of teenage pregnancies, child poverty and the limited life chances that children in their area continue to deal with. Since then, the project has continued to grow and they are now funding to deliver a new 9-month project that will engage hard-to-motivate young people. With the incentive of getting varied work experience and building a CV, they hope to address the suffering high levels of economic inactivity and child poverty. Alongside collecting votes, this project has also crowdfunded nearly £8,500!

WHAT THE JUDGE'S SAID: A truly inspiring project situated in one of the most deprived communities in west London, The Avenues Youth Project put together a fantastic video showcasing the array of activities and services provided at the centre for children, including a number of lessons promoting energy efficiency and sustainable living. Over the past few years the organisation has had to find alternative means of funding and the judges were impressed by the organisation’s drive - in what has been difficult few years - to connect with some of the more marginal groups in society and educate them on the importance of living sustainably.

Forest Row Solar Power to the People

Forest Row Solar Power to the People

Region: South
Votes: 1261
M&S Energy grant awarded: £7,800

This young community energy co-operative has a vision to power the community of Forest Row and the surrounding area through renewable energy. The project wants to create a sustainable future by helping and empowering people to be more energy efficient, meet energy needs and prevent fuel poverty.

WHAT THE JUDGE'S SAID: One of the most innovative projects to feature in this year’s competition, Forest Row’s vision to power a community through local energy production and create a self-sufficient energy movement was extremely popular with the judges. As community energy initiatives continue to grow, the judges felt that Forest Row’s ambition to develop a resource that helps other community energy projects, beyond their own, was highly commendable and deserved to be recognised.

St. Andrew's CE Primary School

St. Andrew's CE Primary School

Region: North West
Votes: 6308
M&S Energy grant awarded: £12,000

St. Andrew’s CE Primary School has served the area of Boothstown for over 125 years. With research suggesting that LED lighting has a positive impact on the learning environment for children, this school hopes to upgrade their entire lighting system to LED, so that they can create an eco-friendly and enhanced learning environment for all.

WHAT THE JUDGE'S SAID: After amassing an incredible number of votes in what was the most competitive region in the whole competition, it was unanimously agreed that St Andrew’s Primary School deserved to be awarded a Judge’s Prize. Their pledge to not only install LED lighting across the whole school but to use the installation as an educational opportunity to highlight to parents, students and staff the benefits of energy efficient technology made this project a worthy winner.


Regional Winners

Sunshine Batteries for Trelay

Sunshine Batteries for Trelay

Region: Cornwall East
Votes: 2746
M&S Energy grant awarded: £12,000

Back in the competition for the second year running, Trelay Cohousing is a vibrant community, made up of twenty-two adults and nine children, which also serves as an educational facility that attracts hundreds of visitors. Aiming to live together cooperatively, with local food, local energy and sustainable happiness, Trelay Cohousing are now looking to fit ‘sunshine batteries’ so that they can provide sustainable heat from their solar panels and heat pumps.

King George V

King George V

Region: Merseyside & Cheshire
Votes: 919
M&S Energy grant awarded: £12,000

King George V, also known as the ‘Georgies’, is a sports complex and playing fields in Huyton, Merseyside. They want to install LED lighting, enabling them to keep their running costs as low as possible and thus making their services affordable for the community.

FC United - The reds could be going green!

FC United - The reds could be going green!

Region: North West
Votes: 6771
M&S Energy grant awarded: £12,000

FC United are a semi-professional football club, owned by over 4,000 members, and with true community values. The club is a Community Benefit Society, operating on a one member, one vote basis. During their refurbishment of an underdeveloped part of their St. Mary’s Road End stand, they will be looking to install energy efficient heating and lighting. This will enable greater engagement with local community groups.

Send C of E Primary School LED lighting replacement

Send C of E Primary School LED lighting replacement

Region: South
Votes: 1568
M&S Energy grant awarded: £12,000

Send C of E Primary school KS1’s building is old, dated and very much in need of care and renovation. Following a recent condition survey, during which it was identified that energy efficient LED lighting would have a significant impact on the quality of light throughout the building, the school is now looking to replace their current lighting system. Beyond this, it will also result in a 70% reduction in energy consumption for the school and may also significantly increase learning.

Great Chart Primary School - LED Lighting

Great Chart Primary School - LED Lighting

Region: South East
Votes: 1323
Crowdfunded: £100
M&S Energy grant awarded: £11,999

Since Great Chart Primary School opened in 1993, the lighting has not been updated. Looking to raise enough funds to upgrade the lights in all of their classrooms, offices and also outside to LED lights, they aim to reduce their carbon footprint and make savings that can be spent directly on education. Not only are LED lights better for the environment, but they are proved to enhance learning too.

Wiltshire Music Centre's LED light project

Wiltshire Music Centre's LED light project

Region: West
Votes: 1964
M&S Energy grant awarded: £12,000

Created as a space where local musicians can rehearse, where young people can learn to play music and where artists from around the world can perform, Wiltshire Music Centre is a truly creative hub. They are raising money to install LED lighting in their auditorium, in an upgrade that will reduce their carbon footprint by 90% and save the charity over £5,000 every year. These savings can be spent on delivering their work instead.

The Dassett C of E Primary School

The Dassett C of E Primary School

Region: Central
Votes: 1043
M&S Energy grant awarded: £11,000

This primary school very recently had solar panels installed, much to the delight of the pupils and local community. The school’s eco-committee now wants to take this one stage further and install LED lighting. Through this system, they can show the children just how much energy can be saved.

The John Peel Theatre Solar Heating Project

The John Peel Theatre Solar Heating Project

Region: Cumbria & Lancashire
Votes: 536
Crowdfunded: £165
M&S Energy grant awarded: £12,000

The John Peel Theatre is the home of Wigton Theatre Club, which has been entertaining the people of Wigton for the last 64 years. Converted into a theatre in 1964 by the club, they have endeavoured to improve the building for both audiences and performers ever since. Two years ago, they had all of the electrics in the building overhauled plus a new alarm system installed, making the building safer for both members and audiences. Now they want to make it more energy efficient and are working towards the preservation of the fabric, improving the comfort for user groups.

Weldmar Hospicecare

Weldmar Hospicecare

Region: Devon & Dorset
Votes: 1811
M&S Energy grant awarded: £12,000

Weldmar Hospicecare is a charity that provides end of life care for people living in Dorset, who need their specialist support. They are raising funds to help their project harness renewable energy through the installation of solar panels on the hospice roof.

Sunshine for St Michael's

Sunshine for St Michael's

Region: Hereford & Gloucester
Votes: 721
M&S Energy grant awarded: £12,000

St Michael's, who have crowdfunded £3,000 alongside the M&S competition, provide a range of services in Herefordshire and the surrounding area, to people living with a terminal illness. They want to install solar panels onto the hospice roof so that they can reduce energy costs. This means that there will be more money available to spend on support for patients.

Community Action Ark Project (CAAP)

Community Action Ark Project (CAAP)

Region: Home Counties
Votes: 2356
M&S Energy grant awarded: £7,740

The Community Action Ark Project provide a bed and shelter on their big white double-decker bus for the homeless and ex-military rough sleepers of Reading. The bus has been transformed into a mobile dormitory for ten people, but they now want to have mobile power so that they can keep the lights going on the bus through the night, the heating system working and the kettle boiling.

Swannington C of E Primary School

Swannington C of E Primary School

Region: Central East
Votes: 2690
Crowdfunded: £50
M&S Energy grant awarded: £10,500

Swannington C of E Primary School and the local community desperately needed a new building in order to take action and address local issues relating to obesity, lack of activities for young people and inactivity in adults. Their multi-purpose, sustainable facility, made using eco building technology and renewable energy, is almost complete, but now they are looking to add solar panels.

Cornwall Wildlife Trust - Power for Wildlife

Cornwall Wildlife Trust - Power for Wildlife

Region: Cornwall West
Votes: 2099
M&S Energy grant awarded: £12,000

Having helped people to enjoy nature for over 50 years, Cornwall Wildlife Trust are now looking to fit solar PV at their headquarters to reduce their carbon footprint. By delivering this project, they also hope to make a real and ongoing saving to their operating costs, meaning that they can maximise funds for protecting Cornwall’s wildlife and wild places.

Roundwood Tennis Club - The first waste plastic tennis courts

Roundwood Tennis Club - The first waste plastic tennis courts

Region: East
Votes: 2775
M&S Energy grant awarded: £12,000

Roundwood Tennis Club is a small community club in Ipswich, Suffolk, with a growing junior membership and an urgent need to resurface their 3 asphalt courts. They are looking to become a pilot scheme to use new technology developed by MacRebur (Virgin Media Business Start Up Voom Winner 2016), which replaces bitumen content of asphalt using plastic waste instead.

Marton Community Centre - LED efficient!

Marton Community Centre - LED efficient!

Region: North East
Votes: 2137
Crowdfunded: £75
M&S Energy grant awarded: £10,000

Volunteer led Marton Community Centre is a safe place for people who might otherwise experience social isolation - such as the elderly, people living alone, single parents and those who might have additional needs such as people with a disability. The centre is a hub for educational, health and well being courses, all helping to improve the lives of local residents. They are looking to be more energy efficient so that they can cut costs and stay open.

Iveson Primary School

Iveson Primary School

Region: North Yorkshire
Votes: 3526
Crowdfunded: £20
M&S Energy grant awarded: £12,000

The current lights at Iveson Primary School are old, expensive to run and have seen better days. They want to buy and install Schoolvision, an energy-efficient LED system that automatically shuts off lights when not in use and alters lighting to modify pupils moods and behaviours. As well as enhancing the performance of pupils, they also hope to reduce energy costs.

Cardiff Deaf Centre Refurbishment/Development Programme

Cardiff Deaf Centre Refurbishment/Development Programme

Region: Wales
Votes: 2591
Crowdfunded: £850
M&S Energy grant awarded: £9,750

Previously managed by the local council, Cardiff Deaf Centre is based in an old building that was built in the 1900s and has over the years, fallen into disrepair. Trustees embarked on a refurbishment program to breathe new life into the historic community building, and they are now looking to install solar panels which will also provide savings in their costs. These savings can be put straight back into the charity, enabling them to support user groups further by maintaining low cost rental hire and low running costs.

Learn for Life Enterprise

Learn for Life Enterprise

Region: South Yorkshire
Votes: 1958
Crowdfunded: £520
M&S Energy grant awarded: £11,998

Learn for Life Enterprise is a community hub with an objective to facilitate successful social integration, and thereby promote community cohesion in increasingly challenging economic times. They aim to do this by providing training, support, stability and advice in a safe, friendly and welcoming environment. They are looking to install PV battery storage and solar panels, which will enable them to make their facilities more energy efficient, and available for longer each day.

Archer Academy LED Lighting

Archer Academy LED Lighting

Region: London
Votes: 4321
M&S Energy grant awarded: £12,000

Archer Academy is a mixed state secondary school for 11-16 year olds, who also open their facilities for community hire after school hours, used by many local organisations and private individuals. They are raising funds to install LED lighting through both of their buildings, leading to reduced energy costs and a decreased carbon footprint.

Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT)

Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT)

Region: Tyne & Wear
Votes: 4512
M&S Energy grant awarded: £12,000

Washington Wetland Centre (WWT) is a visitor attraction and nature reserve, based on the bank of the river Wear in Washington. The team here are passionate about conservation, and they are looking to install solar panels and heat lamps in their flamingo house. Not only will this keep them warm, but it will also save the charity money and help their flock to breed more flaminglings (chicks).

Taigh Dhonnchaidh

Taigh Dhonnchaidh

Region: Scotland
Votes: 2865
Crowdfunded: £890
M&S Energy grant awarded: £12,000

Run by a committee and a group of local volunteers, Taigh Dhonnchaidh is a music and arts centre that aims to preserve local, traditional music and culture for the present and future generations. They are raising funds to install solar panels and upgrade their heating system, helping to reduce annual costs, C02 emissions and ultimately result in a more energy efficient venue. The improved heating will also help to preserve important musical instruments and historical musical artefacts, affected by damp and cold.