A community grant fund has been expanded to help even more local groups and good causes – including the Community Hall at St Mary’s Church in Lowton.
The fund, put forward by housing developer Redrow, opened initially with a pot of £2,000 available to organisations serving the community near its new Oakwood Fields development off Hesketh Meadow Drive, Lowton.
With bids invited for a £500 share of the cash, the fund was overwhelmed with applications, leading to an additional £1,000 being added to the total available.
At Lowton St Mary’s Community Hall, on Newton Road, the money has enabled volunteers to give the kitchen a much-needed makeover. With the facility in regular use by a wide variety of groups every week, the new lick of paint has made a big difference.
Alan Kirkman, Chair of Trustees at St Mary’s Charitable Trust, said: “We were informed about the grant as the community kitchen was in desperate need of a redecoration and it is used by a wide section of the community, including weekly ‘coffee and chat’ events.
“We are very grateful to Redrow for this grant, which will help to improve this facility so many more people can continue use and enjoy the space for events and meet ups.”
Sian Pitt, sales director at Redrow Lancashire, said: “We were blown away by the number of applicants for this community grant.
“There are so many great causes, organisations and groups in this area doing wonderful work to support the community that we knew we had to help as much as we could.
“These community grants are designed to support small projects at the heart of local life that can potentially make a big difference.”
It’s just one way that house builders are making a financial contribution to the local area. In addition to these Community Grants, Redrow will contribute more than £400,000 to the local community around its development in Lowton as part of the planning process. More than £175,000 of this will go to local schools, £130,000 to local play areas and £110,000 to Pennington Flash Country Park to improve the area for new and existing residents.
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