£50,000 Sport Relief boost for Norwich groups
PUBLISHED: 16:58 07 May 2012 | UPDATED: 17:36 07 May 2012
Good causes across Norwich are celebrating a £50,000 windfall, thanks to the Evening News and Sport Relief.
The list of winners
1st Norwich Sea Scout Group, Lakenham – £600
1st Old Catton Rainbows – £650
27th Norwich Rainbow Pack – £500
31st & 39th Norwich Brownie Pack – £500
35th Norwich Sea Scout Group – £700
38th Norwich Rainbows – £500
3rd Hellesdon Guides – £1,000
3rd Old Catton Brownies – £800
4th Norwich Rainbow Guides – £500
Belvedere Community Association – £750
Bowthorpe Scout Group – £700
Community Action Norwich – £1,000
Community Arts Locally in Mile Cross (CALM) – £1,000
Connects & Co, Norwich – £1,000
Cruse Bereavement Care Norwich – £1,000
Deaftastics Multi Sports Club – £1,000
First Steps Toddler Group – £600
Friends of Marlpit Wood – £520
Friends of Sewell Park – £1,000
Green Canaries Wheelchair Basketball Club – £1,000
Heartsease Funday – £1,000
Interface Learning Association – £1,000
Kings Centre Community Initiative Norwich – £1,000
Marlpit Youth Club – £950
Mile Cross Community Association – £1,000
Mile Cross District Guides – £600
Mile Cross Playscheme – £1,000
Norfolk & Norwich Bangladesh Welfare Association – £1,000
Norfolk African Community Association (NACA) – £500
Norfolk Area LGBT Project – £1,000
Norfolk Association For The Disabled – £1,000
Norfolk Homemakers Furniture Project – £1,000
Norfolk Lowland Search and Rescue – £1,000
Norwich City Powerchair Football Club – £1,000
Norwich Croquet Club – £500
Norwich Cycle Speedway – £500
Norwich Dragons Hockey Club – £500
Norwich International Youth Project – £1,000
Norwich Petanque Club – £500
Norwich Pride – £1,000
Norwich United Karate – £1,000
Norwich Youth Bowling Club – £500
Not About the Bike – £990
Pinoy In Norwich Aksyong Samahan – £1,000
Sewell Toy Library – £666
Sing With Pride – £1,000
Sing Your Heart Out – £1,000
Spirit of Carnival – £936
Spixworth Bowling Club – £500
St Barnabas Counselling Centre – £750
Stepping Stones – £1,000
Surviving Together – £1,000
Sweet Arts – £1,000
The Carers Culture Club – £860
The Chermond Trust – £508
The Neesa Project – £500
The Well – £666
The West Norwich Swimming Club – £1,000
Twirlesque Majorettes – £750
WISEArchive – £1,000
Women on Women (WoW) – £500
Zimbabwean Community Association Norwich – £500
From toddler groups to older people’s lunch clubs, scout packs to nature projects – Sport Relief Community Cash will be making a difference in your community.
The £50,000 funding pot, distributed by the Evening News and the Norfolk Community Foundation, will support community organisations and charities working with people in Norwich.
A total of 63 groups have each been awarded grants of up to £1,000, after the Evening News’ most popular Community Cash campaign to date.
They include everything from sports and youth activities, through to organisations that promote the integration of refugees, outings for people with disabilities and support for carers.
Evening News editor Tim Williams, part of the panel that decided who ought to receive the grants, said the impact of the cash would be felt throughout the city.
“Once again, we have been able to give a much-needed boost to more than 60 groups and charities which benefit people in Norwich,” he said.
“This year’s grants mean that, since 2010, we have helped distribute more than £160,000 to local organisations.
“Our journalists regularly write articles about the difference the groups can make to people’s lives locally, so it is fantastic the Norwich Evening News can work with Comic Relief to offer this vital support in our community.”
One of those groups is Community Action Norwich, which will use its £1,000 grant to take on a former volunteer to set up a befriending scheme for isolated older people, one of the group’s fastest-growing sectors.
Doreen Betts, chair of the trustees, said: “The money is going to make a significant difference.
“We hope that by the end of year one we will have a group of 20 befrienders to help people who feel lonely or isolated.
“Each of them will be able to design a package of support with their befriender to help them meet people and become more involved, and we hope that they may then become befrienders themselves.”
Sue Wicks, UK grants manager for Comic Relief, praised the way that people in Norwich had given their support to the Sport Relief campaign – including the 2,400-strong turnout for the Sport Relief Mile in Norwich – which contributed to a national fundraising total of more than £52m.
She said: “Sport Relief Community Cash has again proved to be a hugely successful way of getting money raised through Sport Relief into local communities across the UK.
“We were hugely impressed with the range of fantastic work being done by grassroots groups all over Norwich and are delighted we’ve been able to support so many to continue their efforts.”
Are you doing something to help your community? Call reporter Mark Shields on 01603 772423 or email firstname.lastname@example.org