Community groups bid for bank grants

Sussex Tornados cheerleaders in action

Sussex Tornados cheerleaders in action

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COMMUNITY groups are in the running for up to £3,000, having been shortlisted for the Lloyds Bank Community Fund 2014.

Four good causes have been chosen in each of 350 named community areas, including Shoreham-by-Sea and Littlehampton, and a public vote will decide how much they will receive.

Amounts of £3,000, £2,000, £1,000 and £500 are up for grabs in each area, which will be allocated in order of votes in each community.

Account director Donna McGrory explained: “Following on from the hugely successful 2013 campaign, a number of community groups in the area will have the opportunity to benefit.

“We are helping local people have a positive impact at the heart of their community by giving grants to four good causes in each of the 350 communities across the UK.”

The four groups shortlisted for Shoreham-by-Sea are Emmaus Brighton and Hove, Shoreham Football Club, 4SIGHT and Brackenbury Primary School PTFA in Portslade.

Shoreham Football Club is looking for money towards floodlights.

The club said: “We provide year-round sports for all ages and genders. An award would go toward installing three more outdoor floodlights so that we can offer more coaching time for the community, especially young players, throughout the year.”

The charity 4SIGHT, based at Adur Civic Centre in Shoreham, will put the money towards its ongoing technology taster sessions, which give people practical experience with up-to-date equipment.

Emmaus wants to provide the infrastructure for growing seasonal, organic produce at its Greenhouse Community Food Garden in Portslade, and the parents association at Brackenbury Primary School, in Portslade, is looking for funds for playground equipment, which will be used by both older pupils and other children in the area.

The groups competing in Littlehampton are Steyning Grammar School, Sussex Tornados, Cancer United and Ingfield Manor School.

Steyning Grammar School’s project will help young people to fulfil their potential and prepare them to be a success once they leave school.

The school explained: “We plan to refurbish a building within our school to provide a multi-purpose facility to benefit pupils and the local community.”

Sussex Tornados, a cheerleading group based in Wick with members from across the area, needs money for new kit.

“We promote wellbeing by keeping children fit through dance, gymnastics and cheerleading to music,” explained the club.

“The award would buy equipment to make the teaching of gymnastics safer.”

Cancer United is a support group based in Angmering for patients and their loved ones. The award will go towards a minibus for outings.

Ingfield Manor School in Billingshurst, a special school for pupils with cerebral palsy, needs money to complete work on its newly-excavated pond area.

Votes can be cast in Lloyds Bank branches, online, by SMS text message and, for the first time, via Twitter. Visit www.lloydsbank.com/communityfund to find out more.