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Lottery funding boost to community projects

Members of Longton Victory Memorial Sports and Social Club near Preston were celebrating today after hearing the news that they are to receive �10,000 from the Big Lottery Fund. Club President Janet Flowers (front) and other members celebrate.  PIC BY ROB LOCK 9-7-2014

Members of Longton Victory Memorial Sports and Social Club near Preston were celebrating today after hearing the news that they are to receive �10,000 from the Big Lottery Fund. Club President Janet Flowers (front) and other members celebrate. PIC BY ROB LOCK 9-7-2014

Organisations across the county were celebrating as they shared in grants of more than £1.3m from the Big Lottery Fund.

Community groups in Preston and South Ribble were among 155 projects in the North West to receive cash as part of the Awards for All scheme.

And leaders said they hoped the funding boost would help provide opportunities across the community.

Deepdale’s CRaB community group has been awarded £8,650, and will use the funding to create a food growing site, aiming to reduce social isolation and improve wellbeing.

Chairman Robin Maudsley said: “A lot of people were interested in having an allotment in the area. What we were trying to do was raise the money, which we’ve got now, get it finished off and get some raised beds and also with wheelchair access to the beds.

“We are trying to get volunteers from different groups to help us build it.”

The project, for everybody in the community, is hoped to include training in how people can grow their own food.

Other organisations awarded funding include Serenity House CIC, which will use the £10,000 to furnish their new emergency accommodation centre to help women and children who are experiencing domestic abuse.

Thornley Community Space will use £10,000 to refurbish a former school building into a community hub.

Longton Victory Memorial Sports and Social Club has been awarded £10,000, and the organisation will use the cash to complete refurbishment work, so it can be a safe and attractive resource for the community.

Manager Andrew Worthington said he hoped to install double glazing and make the club more environmentally friendly.

He said: “We are doing a lot more now for children and all sorts of people.

“I think there’s not a lot for them to do and it’s part of what it’s all about - it’s a club and we want to help the whole community.”

Lyn Cole, Big Lottery Fund deputy director for England, said: “It’s great to see the variety of projects funded across the North West today through Awards for All and how a little funding can go a long way.”

 

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