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13.06.2016 - £230k local community investment from Mick George Ltd

The latest application stage for the current round of Mick George Community Funding has now been decided with seven local projects awarded financial backing from the Huntingdon based business as part of its commitment to the Landfill Communities Fund. The developments valued at a collective figure of £230,000 spans an array of initiatives across the various counties in which the company operates.

A summary of the projects can be found below:

· Corby Climbing Centre: adventure leisure facility providing low level free climbing and roped climbing, delivering specialist programmes to the general public

· Ringstead Village Garden: Installation of a new ‘green’ amenity area in the centre of the village, providing a quiet area to relax or socialise for local residents

· Nene Park Trust: Meadows and Martins initiative to double the 36 chambers on site, whilst linking live video footage to the Visitor Centre for conservation monitoring and educational purposes

· Market Deeping Cricket Club: Purchase of a new ‘heavy roller’ to improve the playing facilities, as well as new ‘practice nets’ and equipment

· Somersham Victory Hall: Improved acoustic panels, internal support apparatus and marketing collateral for general use and film nights at the Hall

· Mawsley Village Outdoor Gym: Supply and install new gym and safety equipment on the playing fields for use by local residents

· Addenbrookes Hospital Garden: Creation of a beautiful, calming and restful outdoor environment for patients and staff. A ‘healing space’ that connects the hospital to the outside world

Jon Stump, Finance Director at Mick George Ltd ‘’The fund has proven invaluable to many local communities, helping to create, restore and protect a whole array of landmarks and projects. Since 2010 when the programme was launched, including this round of funding, in excess of £1million has been invested in over 35 individual developments.’’

Stump continued: ‘’As a result of the continued growth of the business, it has subsequently meant we’ve been able to fund more projects, at greater value and expand the territories that we provide the funding opportunities.’’

The Mick George Community Fund which is managed by Grantscape, an independent charity, currently supports projects that are located in the vicinity of Mick George Ltd operating sites in Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

However, for the forthcoming round which is welcoming applications submitted until September 2016, parts of Lincolnshire, Warwickshire and Leicestershire have been added following the opening of new sites from the business. Up to £500,000 is made available each year for projects that deliver significant environmental benefits and provide new and better community amenities.


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