What have a Sunderland orchestra, youth project and LGBT group got in common?

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THREE Sunderland charities have won 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 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 orchestra, established in 1999, received £420 – the largest share – 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.

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