Sunderland charities share £1,000 fund

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THREE Sunderland charities have landed a share of £1,000.

The Co-operative, on Northmoor Road, hosted a charity voting scheme which saw members of the Tyne and Wear Co-operative Group Area Committee nominate which charities were to receive a portion of the fund.

Those that received money from the Community Fund were the Sunderland City Orchestra, the Box Youth Project and Sunderland Pride.

David Mills, chairman of the Sunderland Symphony Orchestra, said: “We are thrilled to have received this funding from The Co-operative.

“We’re also extremely grateful to all the members that voted for us.

“The support we have received by Sunderland residents through this scheme has made us feel very proud to be part of this special community.”

The orchestra, established in 1999, received £420 – the largest share of the money – to improve its percussion section.

The Box Youth Project, a registered charity providing educational and recreational activities for children and young people aged eight to 19 in South Sunderland, received £310 towards programme costs.

Sunderland Pride, Sunderland’s biggest diversity celebration event, received £270 to help to expand the support the group offers in the region.

Community Fund grants, between £100 and £2,000 are awarded to community, voluntary, or self-help groups to run projects that address a community issue and provide long-term benefit to the community.