Groups share in charity win

Recipiants of grants from the Echo Fund in connection with Community Foundation for Calderdale, at Prego, Brighouse
Recipiants of grants from the Echo Fund in connection with Community Foundation for Calderdale, at Prego, Brighouse

A VARIETY of groups have been given a helping hand after winning a share of £10,000.

Money will be spent on new tents and changing rooms, a Christmas party, improved services and a variety of other projects as part of the Brighouse Echo’s 125th anniversary celebrations. The Echo teamed up with Community Foundation for Calderdale (CFFC) who handed out charity cheques valued at between £500 and £900 at the Brighouse Link meeting held at Prego’s, Brighouse.

Rob Billson said they had received about 35 applications for a share of the money and 12 groups were selected.

The CFFC has also set up a flood victims fund which has reached £54,000. They have processed well over 100 applications from victims in the Calder Valley and handed out more than £32,000 in grants and cleaning equipment.

A cheque for £750 was presented to Janice Fowell, chairwoman of Waring Green Forget Me Not Club, towards a Christmas dinner for members.

Brighouse Civic Trust received £750 towards new heritage plaques. John Culpan, chair of the group, said they had received ten recommendations for the plaques to be put up on buildings in Brighouse.

Brighouse Rest Centre received £900 so the committee can continue to provide food, warmth and company for the people who attend. The cheque was collected by chair Holly Bottomley.

Kevin Wood picked up a cheque worth £900 for Rastrick St John’s Scout Group. The money will go towards new tents. He said: “We are a growing scout group with more than 50 members in our cubs, scouts and beaver groups. But in the past we just haven’t had enough canvas to get them all away together.”

The charity set up by Calder Valley MP Craig Whittaker, Together for Looked-after Children (TLC) received £900 to improve tuition for children. Catherine Kirk collected the cash.

Jason Middleton from Rastrick Cricket and Athletic Club collected a cheque for £900. He said the money will be used to buy a mower and for groundwork. “All our work is done by volunteers, who are retired and do a fantastic job.”

Joyce Pendlebury collected a cheque for £500 towards new benches for Sunny Bank Tenants Association while Brighouse Gala Committee was presented with a cheque for £800, collected by Peter Charles, for a new PA system.

Turning Point counselling service will be able to improve their services thanks to a cheque collected by Christine Foley for £900. Calderdale Help in Bereavement (CHIBs) received £900 to increase services within the area. Anne Dalby was presented with the cheque.

A grant for £890 was presented to Robert Brooke at Lightcliffe Cricket Club towards their annual gala.

The installation of a new building for changing rooms will be able to go ahead thanks to a £900 for Rastrick Juniors.

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