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Neston & District Community Fund appeals for new projects tackling social need

The Neston and District Community Fund wants to hear from charities and community groups targeting a number of vital social projects.

While the fund will potentially support any worthy project, it particularly wants to hear from those working in the areas of social deprivation, social isolation, drug avoidance and rehabilitation.

The Neston & District Community Fund was launched earlier this year to support community and voluntary groups in Neston, Little Neston, Parkgate, Burton, Ness, Willaston and Puddington.

Four businesses – Phillip Bates, Clive Watkin Partnership, Rightway and G Tilby Engineering – launched the fund with an initial substantial donation.

It has already helped to ensure that the Family Fun Day in West Vale Park, Little Neston, will go ahead.

The Fund donated £600 to go with a second grant of £600 from Neston Town Council to cover the total cost of £1,200.

Further announcements on projects that have been supported will be announced over the coming weeks.

Phil Bates, Principal at Phillip Bates & Co accountants, said: “We are particularly keen to hear from groups who are tackling some of the biggest issues facing our community including social deprivation, drug avoidance and drug rehabilitation.

“The founders of the Neston & District Community Fund believe passionately about the need for the fund to help combat deep-seated issues of this nature.”

In addition to projects, the Fund is also looking for other businesses and individuals to become donors in order to grow the amount of money available to support deserving causes.

Ian Mellor, Partner at Clive Watkin in Neston, said: “The Neston & District Community Fund ensures local money goes to local causes. There are some big social issues facing communities like ours and this Fund has been created to play a part in tackling them.”

The fund is administered by Cheshire Community Foundation, which actively promotes philanthropic giving, enabling it to secure additional funding from other funds operating in Cheshire.

Since Cheshire Community Foundation was founded in 2012, more than £1.6million has been given in grants with in excess of £250,000 going to causes in Cheshire West and Chester.

  • If you would like to apply for a grant, please call Cheshire Community Foundation on 01606 330607.
  • If you are interested in becoming a business or individual donor, please contact any of the four founders of the Neston & District Community Fund:
  • Phillip Bates: 0151 353 0003
  • Clive Watkin Partnership: 0151 336 7070
  • Rightway: 0151 353 1500
  • G Tilby Engineering: 0151 336 2339

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