Latest grants announced

28 February 2024

A search and rescue drone in action

We are delighted to announce the WCIT Charity’s latest grant recipients. Over 60 applications were submitted, from which the Charitable Operations Committee chose to support four fantastic organisations.

Thanks to members’ donations…

  • Wiltshire Search and Rescue will be able to enhance its drone surveillance capabilities with new equipment to stream real-time footage to the command vehicle;
  • Rentstart UK will pilot new software designed to address the barriers that homeless people face when trying to access rented accommodation;
  • Lifelites, with whom the WCIT Charity has a long-term relationship, will provide 14 children’s hospices across the UK with the Cosmo learn and play switch system; and
  • Sunderland Seafront Trust will be able to create a new website that will facilitate tour bookings for Roker Pier and Lighthouse to sustain their only source of income. The Trust had previously received pro bono support from Liveryman Gilbert Pant, who will now also project manage the implementation of the new website.

The Chair of the WCIT Charity Board, Stefan Fafinski DL, said: “This round of grants shows the huge variety of our work – supporting life-saving search and rescue, homelessness, life-limited children and sustainability of historic local amenities – with technology being the uniting force for good.”