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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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Applications invited for share of £2,000 community chest

A new cash fund offering individuals, charities and worthwhile schemes the chance of a share of £2,000 has had a positive response.

On Monday the News & Star launched its Community Chest: An exciting new fund offering money to those in need.

There is a main grant of £1,000 on offer, with two smaller £500 cash awards also being handed out.

Sponsored by Brampton Skip Hire Ltd and McKnight & Son Builders, it aims to offer a helping hand to those people and organisations who are the lifeblood of our county.

The first nomination arrived within hours of the Community Chest being launched, and applications continue to have been submitted every day since.

Already there has been a cross-section of the community represented, with applications from a pensioners’ group in Penrith; a children’s charity in Whitehaven; and a mum-in-need in Carlisle.

There are no limitations to the applicants: it is open to everyone, from an individual with a worthy project to a village hall in need of urgent repairs. People can nominate themselves or others.

A short-list of entrants will be printed in the News & Star, before it is opened up for the public to choose the winner. Readers will be invited to vote for the person, scheme or group they believe deserves to win, and the applicant with the most votes will take home £1,000.

In addition, there will also be two special sponsors’ choice awards of £500 each.

These will be picked by representatives from McKnight and Brampton Skip Hire and will go to those entries which they felt were most deserving.

Wayne McKnight, of McKnight Builders, said: “I am pleased with the positive response to the scheme so far.

“We have put details on our Facebook page and are encouraging friends to share the information so that as many people as possible have the opportunity to apply.”

He added: “It really is a great opportunity for worthwhile causes to publicise their issues, and to have a chance of getting a meaningful amount of financial assistance.”

Mr McKnight’s delight was echoed by Rick Allan, managing director of Brampton Skip Hire Ltd, who said: “This is a great opportunity for deserving people and worthwhile causes to benefit.

“We would urge everyone to spread the word, so that no-one in need misses out on this opportunity to obtain local funding.”

Announcing the launch of the Community Chest, David Helliwell, editor of the News & Star, had said he hoped the cash would be able to help the groups and people who are “at the heart of every community”.

The giveaway is free to enter and is open to any individual, group, charity or school based within the Eden, Carlisle, Allerdale or Copeland areas. If you have a project you need help to fund or know a worthwhile cause which you feel deserves a bit of good fortune then get in touch.

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