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Six charities competing for Greenham Common Trust grants named

Local groups to pitch for a share of £100,000

Charities get ready to face the dragons

THE six organisations competing for a share of £100,000 from the Greenham Common Trust have been announced.

Charities, groups and community organisations hoping to impress the judges at this year’s Pitch to the Panel are Age Concern Newbury and District, which is asking for £86,750 towards renovations for the Fair Close Day Centre in Newbury, to coincide with the centre’s 50th anniversary.

Children’s hospice Helen and Douglas House is seeking  £14,840 to pay for a part-time coordinator.

The 1st Burghfield and Sulhamstead Scouts, at Burghfield Common, are looking for £35,920 towards refurbishing their existing facilities.

The group is made up of 300 girls and boys. It recently raised funds to expand the Scout hut, constructing new meeting rooms, store rooms and a second meeting hall.

Also pitching are the Newbury Community Resource Centre, Newbury Tennis Club and Crossroads Care Oxfordshire/West Berkshire/Windsor/Maidenhead.

Gold medal-winning Paralympian Danny Crates will be the keynote speaker for this year’s event.

The trust’s chief executive, Chris Boulton, said: “It has been a hard task for the distribution committee to examine all of the excellent applications we received.

“However, we are confident that the range of causes really does represent the best of West Berkshire and we know that their presentations will resonate with local people.”

Pitch to the Panel is at the Corn Exchange, on Wednesday, November 9. Tickets are free and can be reserved by calling 0845 5218 218.

For details visit www.pitchtothepanel.com or email events@greenham-common-trust.co.uk 

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