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Freebridge Community Fund Supports Seven Special Causes


Freebridge Community Housing donated almost £6000 to seven community groups across the region as part of our vision for ‘supporting a better West Norfolk’.

Community groups which promote health and wellbeing, the environment, support residents or bring communities together can apply for up to £1000 for projects that have a positive impact within West Norfolk.

Recipients were invited to lunch with the judging panel made up of staff and tenants, and had the chance to share their charities cause and the plans they have for the donations.

Tony Hall, Chief Executive of Freebridge said: “This fund is all about helping people, and it reflects our vision of supporting a better West Norfolk. The local nature of the fund gives us the opportunity to offer support to the grass roots level that needs it most.

“Once again this year we have allocated funds to some much deserving and hard-working charities, who can use the money to improve the lives of many people in our region.”

One such charity is Friends in Bereavement, a free confidential service which offers comfort and support to the bereaved. They received £800 from Freebridge and these vital funds will help the charity to continue their work.

Gillian Porter from Friends in Bereavement said: “We are a small local charity that is very much in demand at the present time, and while the work our volunteers do can be very stressful, it is also very rewarding. The financial help given by Freebridge is most welcome and will go a long way towards enabling us to continue with our much needed service."

Along with Friends in Bereavement six other charities received funding:

• Docking Playing Fields Association- £452 to refurbish a piece of equipment that is deemed unsafe on the play area.

• Home-Start King's Lynn & West Norfolk- £1000 to support volunteer travel expenses.

• Methwold P.C. - £800 to purchase a disabled hoist to provide access to WC facilities.

• National Osteoporosis Society King's Lynn & District Group - £1000 to continue to run the support group and associated exercise classes.

• Pandora Project £1000 to expand the service and have more volunteers available to support clients.

• West Norfolk Riding for the Disabled Association - £500 to launch a new 6 day-a-week scheduled bus service in June 2016 through villages, businesses and health facilities in 5 different Parishes in North West Norfolk.

Norfolk Community Foundation manages the fund on Freebridge’s behalf. Any community or voluntary group wishing to find out more about the Freebridge Community Fund can visit The Norfolk Foundation or telephone 01603 623958 or email.

Our chosen communities along with the Freebridge Chief Executive Tony Hall, and the judges.