Cash boost for groups

Steve Duncan, from Community Foundation for Calderdale, joins forces with the Brighouse Echo to offer �10,000 for community groups for the Echo's 125th anniversary
Steve Duncan, from Community Foundation for Calderdale, joins forces with the Brighouse Echo to offer �10,000 for community groups for the Echo's 125th anniversary

TWELVE groups have won a share of £10,000.

The lucky recipients have been selected by the Community Foundation for Calderdale who teamed up with the Brighouse Echo to offer a charity windfall as part of the paper’s 125th anniversary celebrations. All the groups who applied for the grants have been told whether or not they have been successful.

Brighouse Rest Centre, Rastrick St John’s Scout group, Together for Looked-after Children (TLC), Rastrick Cricket and Athletic Club, Turning Point counselling service, Rastrick Juniors community football and Calderdale Help in Bereavement Service (CHIBS) all received £900 each.

Brighouse Charity Gala was rewarded with £800, Brighouse Civic Trust and Waring Green Community Centre were rewarded with £750 each and Sunny Bank Tenants Association received £500. Lightcliffe Cricket Club also received the £890 they applied for.

The charity or community groups put in bids for between £500 and £900 per group to help with projects that directly benefit people living in the Brighouse, Rastrick and Hipperholme and Lightcliffe areas.

Editor John Kenealy said: “It’s fantastic that so many people applied for a share of the £10,000 windfall.

“The staff at the Echo are intensely proud of Brighouse and this is our way of putting something back into the community.

“We knew there were many deserving groups working hard to improve lives and make a difference to their neighbourhood.

“And in the Echo’s 125th year we are delighted to have the opportunity to give them a helping hand.

“We hope all of the groups who have been awarded a share of the funds will attend the special cheque presentation next month.”

Each of the groups will be invited to the presentation event where they will receive their cheques and a certificate at Prego Restaurant, Brighouse, on Wednesday, July 11, between 11.30am and 2pm.

The groups will then be featured in the Echo the following week with their cheques.