Firm’s £10,000 pledge to improve Sunderland communities

Andy Bradley, of The Bridges

Andy Bradley, of The Bridges

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A CONSTRUCTION firm is helping lay the foundations for a better future on Wearside.

Morgan Sindall has pledged £10,000 backing for a new drive to support activities that benefit the community.

Arise – the Alliance to Reward Initiatives and Social Enterprise – was launched in November by Bridges owner Land Securities and provides awards of up to £500 for both individuals and organisations.

David Smailes, area director at Morgan Sindall, said: “Arise is a robust and brilliant idea and we instantly recognised the difference this project will make to the local community.

“We felt pledging our support and getting involved early would really help to get it off the ground. We only hope our financial contribution goes some way to help bolster community spirit and keeps groups and organisations in a position to really improve the quality of life for many people across Sunderland.”

Bridges director Andy Bradley, who is chairman of the Arise board, said: “To bring another financial backer on board so quickly after its launch is tremendous news for Arise.

“I’m really pleased Morgan Sindall has seen the true potential of this initiative and has agreed to pledge such a generous amount of money – this will undoubtedly make a massive difference to how many people we’ll be able to help and support in the local community.”

All requests for funding will be considered by the Arise volunteer committee, which includes Harry Collinson of Collinson’s Jewellers, Zoe Channing, assistant head of culture and tourism at Sunderland City Council, and Echo editor Rob Lawson.

More than 10 applications have already been made, six of which have been awarded funding, with the second batch of requests to be presented to the committee later this month.

Rob urged would-be applicants not to miss out, saying: “As committee members, we are really proud to be involved in this exciting initiative and look forward to receiving a wealth of exciting funding opportunities.

“There are great people out there, doing great things for Sunderland, and this is a unique chance to apply for funding to take that community work to the next level or to get that great idea off the ground and make a difference to the lives of people locally.

“We want to hear from businesses and individuals from all walks of life who are interested in running all sorts of local projects – from sporting activities and environmental initiatives to youth development and education and training.”

For more details on applying to or supporting the Arise fund, contact Danielle Bishop at Beattie Communications on 08448 425 270 or email bridges@onlybeattie.com

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