President: Andrew Harvey     Patrons: The Rt Revd Nicholas Holtam Bishop of Salisbury, Mrs Helen Holtam, Chris Moon MBE
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  • Do you have kids who want to do extra activities …?

  • Would your children like to have football, music, or dancing lessons?

  • Do you have to say ‘no’ because of the cost?

If your answer is YES to any of these questions then HUGO’S FUND for Childrens Chance may be able to help. We fund over 40 activities for children who, for financial reasons, would not otherwise have the chance.

Hugo‛s Fund and Hugo‛s Grant are especially for children and young people in Pewsey, Devizes and Marlborough

Hugo’s Fund has been set up in the name of Hugo Halkes who died as a result of a road traffic accident in September 2007. He was 12 years old and at a birthday party with friends when he was hit by a car as he and his friends were trying to cross the road.

His family have tried to keep Hugo’s memory alive by founding a charity which supports children’s charities and other good causes which resonate with Hugo’s life. The charity is called the Hugo Halkes Charitable Trust and we are delighted that the Trust is to donate funding to Childrens Chance to support children in the Pewsey, Devizes and Marlborough area, where Hugo had many enjoyable times.

Hugo’s father has said that he thinks Hugo would have approved of Childrens Chance giving less privileged children a chance to fulfil their dreams. The first event for the Childrens Chance Hugo’s Fund was held on Saturday 18th June 2011 on The Green in Devizes. It was organised by his friends who gathered to write messages to Hugo and then release them tied to helium balloons. Everyone who released a balloon made a donation to Childrens Chance. Since then there have been other fund raising activities including runners in the Paris Half Marathon as well as donations from the Hugo Halkes Charitable Trust.

Hugo’s young friends also nominated Hugo’s Fund to benefit from Dauntsey’s School charitable fundraising during the 2012/13 academic year. In recognition of this Hugo’s Grant for £1000 annually was announced on 10th December 2012 at the school and will be available for a 16-18 year old. The grant can be used for any cultural or recreational activity but applications would be particularly welcomed for gap year projects overseas. Normal Childrens Chance rules apply.

Hugo’s Fund and Hugo’s Grant are only available to children and young people of school age living or going to school in the Pewsey, Devizes and Marlborough area. Applicants are invited to download the application form and rules from this website and apply by sending the completed form to Childrens Chance, 4 Victoria Road, Salisbury, SP1 3NG, marking the application form at the top either ‘Hugo’s Fund’ or, if the application is for the annual award of £1000, ‘Hugo’s Grant’.

Hugo’s Grant for £1000 will be awarded annually and is only available to young people aged 16-18. Grant applicants are also required to write a hand written letter of application on one side of A4 explaining how the grant will be used. The successful beneficiary of the £1000 will have up to 12 months in which to use their grant. You may apply any time for the 2018 Hugo’s Grant.

Hugo’s Fund is supported by the Hugo Halkes Charitable Trust. (Registered charity number 1127092)