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Freebridge Awards £5,000 to Community Groups in West Norfolk

24/09/2012

Freebridge Community Housing has awarded almost £5,000 to community and voluntary groups in West Norfolk.

The grants have been made through the Freebridge Community Fund to seven local groups who have received up to £1,000 in funding.

Amongst the lucky recipients were the Friends in Bereavement group who were awarded around £500 towards leaflets to promote their services. Harpley playgroup received £680 to buy hi-vis vests, waterproof overalls and ICT equipment.

Other recipients included Sing Your Heart Out West, who received £500 towards vocal coach fees, and Wereham Village Hall, who were granted almost £300 to buy a new fridge which will add to the hall’s facilities.

West Norfolk Mencap, Different Strokes – a group supporting those who have suffered strokes – and West Norfolk Riding for the Disabled Association were also chosen to receive funds.

Representatives from the groups receiving funds attended a special presentation at Freebridge’s offices in King’s Lynn where they met members of the management team and tenants who had sat on the fund’s panel.

“On behalf of the committee of the charity ‘Friends in Bereavement’, may I say a big ‘thank you’ for the generous grant of £500 given to the charity for printing new information leaflets. We are most grateful for your support,” commented Gillian Porter, Secretary of Friends in Bereavement.

The Freebridge Community Fund was established in 2010 to support community and voluntary activity that meets the needs of communities within Freebridge’s operating area of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk.

Each grant application is assessed by a panel made up of Freebridge staff and tenants. Since 2010, almost £15,000 has been paid out.

Tony Hall, Chief Executive of Freebridge Community Housing said: “We are delighted to once again support local community groups through the fund. It is a real pleasure to meet these individuals who are working on behalf of such worthy causes.

“Freebridge is committed to creating opportunities for people within West Norfolk and through this fund we are able to do just this.”

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