Gizmo reaches finals in awards

Members of Gizmo at the National Crimebeat Awards
Members of Gizmo at the National Crimebeat Awards

A CHILDREN’S charity which uses the arts to help underprivileged youngsters made it to the finals in a national awards scheme.

Gizmo, based in Priory Road, works with more than 100 children, providing training in dance, animation, acting and singing. It was entered into this year’s National Crimebeat Awards and came third in the UK.

Pat Fisher, founder of Gizmo, said: “As winners we were treated to a slap-up lunch at the Royal National Hotel in London, a trip on an open top bus and a trip on the London Eye.

“The kids also received medals and certificates to acknowledge their contributions to Gizmo.

“It was wonderful and for us to come third in the country is just amazing.

“The children have done really well to get this far and it’s given us a real boost.”

Gizmo was also presented with a separate award in Brighton by High Sheriff David Allam DL on Monday for recognising the charity’s work.

National Crimebeat is a charity which rewards youth groups which have developed projects that help to reduce crime.

Those that think they have a suitable project identify themselves to their county’s High Sheriff.

They then have to obtain their High Sheriff’s support for their project and then submit it to National Crimebeat early in January each year.

Gizmo also has a cafe in Western Road, St Leonards called Gizmo Gaffe, which opened two years ago.

The charity also celebrates its 10th birthday this year in September after Miss Fisher set it up in 2003.