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West Berkshire Community Fund awards over £17,000 to West Berkshire charities with lottery ticket sales

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EIGHT projects have been supported across the district this year by the West Berkshire Lottery, with the total donation coming to £17,135.

For every ticket sold from the lottery, 60p goes towards a good cause.

With every ticket, the donation is broken down with 50p going towards the player’s choice and 10p going into a Community Fund.

West Berkshire lottery brings in donations for charities in the district. Picture by: West Berkshire Council. (54627223)
West Berkshire lottery brings in donations for charities in the district. Picture by: West Berkshire Council. (54627223)

Swings & Smiles in Thatcham received £4,500, which will go towards the cost of a wheelchair-accessible roundabout for its outdoor playing area.

Mental health charity Time to Talk received £3,000 towards a counselling course which, over six months, will provide free counselling for up to 18 parents.

The 3rd Newbury Scout Group has been supported to make its Den building more accessible to disabled members through installing new wheelchair-friendly paths.

The Downs School, in Compton, has received £2,000 for a high jump bed for its PE activities.

St Mark’s Church of England Schools Association has received funding for recycled plastic benches so that pupils can eat lunch outside.

Citizens Advice West Berkshire received £1,000 for its spending diaries and financial capability support provided to clients on low incomes.

City Arts Newbury has received £1,000 for two 10-week art courses for mothers and carers with young children, and one to bring together elderly and vulnerable residents.

The friends of Chilton Foliat Primary School received a contribution towards the non-statutory provision of a forest school in the outdoor area, providing activities such as den building, outdoor cooking and mini-beast hunts.

West Berkshire Council chairman Clive Hooker said: “West Berkshire Council is entrusted by players to allocate the Community Fund, and I’m delighted that we’ve been able to support some very worthwhile causes again this year.

“Many of the applications cited the impact of Covid-19 as a driving force for their projects and I’m pleased that through this funding we can help support people affected during the pandemic.”

He added: “The support provided by charities has been vital through the pandemic and we have many organisations making a huge difference in West Berkshire.

“Thanks to the generosity of local people the West Berkshire Lottery has raised more than £187,000 for good causes in the area since it began.

"If you want to regularly support local causes the West Berkshire Lottery is a great way to do it.”

The fund is allocated annually by West Berkshire Council with good causes able to bid for additional funding to support specific projects.

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