Free Press fund gives out grants

The Old Convent'Majorettes rehersing and also celebrating been given money from the free press 150th anniversary fund'PA1119-13

The Old Convent'Majorettes rehersing and also celebrating been given money from the free press 150th anniversary fund'PA1119-13

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NINE lucky local groups, clubs and charities have been chosen to receive £150 each in the first round of grants from the Bridlington Free Press 150 Fund.

Almost 50 organisations applied for a donation, meaning the judging panel had an almost impossible job in choosing who would benefit.

In the end, the successful bids cover a range of activities, ages and abilities – but all will be using the money to make a difference to Bridlington people.

Grants of £150 will be going to:

l Bridlington Excelsior Band – to buy music for beginners as it sets up a learners’ section.

l Bridlington Swimming Club – to replace club championship trophies which are up to 30 years old.

l Bridlington and Driffield branch of the MS Society – to pay for transport and entry fees for a social outing to Bunrby Hall.

l Swan House Day Centre – to buy a TV set for the students.

l Bridlington Red Admirals Majorettes – towards a new stereo for when they represent the town at regional competitions.

l The Kingfisher Trust – to buy food, blankets and sleeping bags for the area’s homeless people.

l Flamborough Pre-School – to create a sensory den for a youngster with cerebral palsy.

l Spotlight Theatre’s Musical Kids Group – to buy props for drama workshops.

l Chantry Court Social Group – for a greenhouse and other communal garden equipment.

Bridlington Free Press Editor Nick Procter said: “We are delighted to be able to help young and old, people with disabilities, and support local performing arts and sport.

“Choosing nine applications from around 50 applicants took our team many hours, and of course, we wish we had been able to help out more groups.

“There was a good reason to support every single one of the groups, and there were some really worthwhile causes we sadly had to turn down.

“But we hope that we will be able to give out another round of grants in the future and those who were unsuccessful this time will apply again then.”

The Free Press 150 Fund was set up to mark the 150th anniversary of the newspaper.

A series of fund-raising events boosted the total and a series of winning bets from our weekly Beat The Bookie charity bet feature in the sports section added several hundred pounds more.