Signing up to helping out others

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AN online site dedicated to helping small charities and community groups has welcomed more than 2,500 backers., which covers Wearside, saw its number of supporters rise from 1,000 to the new total between January and last month.

It says the increase in support is the result of work with partners, Government funding and community engagement, helping to raise £2.5million plus this year.

Chief executive Marcelle Speller said: “We’re planning some exciting changes and developments for the future, which we hope will bring even more grass-roots charities on board.”