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Community Donations Fund 2013 recipients

Community groups boosted by University Funding

Community activities as diverse as storytelling and gardening have been supported by Loughborough University in the latest round of awards from its Community Donations Fund.

The awards were made from the Open Fund, one of four categories that make up the overall Community Donations Fund.   A total of £10,000 was awarded, twice the amount as the previous year.  The groups and the projects receiving support included:

Loughborough Foxes Women's and girls football club

To fund new equipment and coaching

Charnwood Arts

To pay for cafe arts sessions

Human Rights and Equalities Charnwood

To support their Chances for All project

Sorrell Youth Cafe Limited

To support youth activities/project work

Three Close Tenants Association

Gardening project

Mountsorrel Youth Development Group

To help fund community fun day

Fearon Community Association Ltd

Restoration costs of piano

Glebe House

Purchase of ipad

Park Road neighbourhood

Gardening project as part of Loughborough in Bloom

Baldwin Trust

Repair costs to boat

Soar Valley Tellers

Funding for visits to schools

The Exaireo Trust

To support cooking project

Shepshed Dolphins Swimming Group

To fund aqua-fit lessons for the disabled

Bangladesh Social Association

Costs of funding community event

The Bridge (East Midlands)

To enhance starter park provision for vulnerable people

Shepshed Alley Group

To fund a trip for members to Conkers

Sileby Boxing Group

Equipment support

Loughborough Mela Group

Sponsorship of stalls

Shepshed Volunteer Centre

New signage

John Storer House

Equipment to support fundraising

Beacon Families Group

School gardening project

The community groups receiving awards were presented with their cheques by the University's Professor Morag Bell, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Teaching.  The event took place in the Town Hall, Loughborough and was attended by Charnwood Borough Council Mayor, Councillor Sandie Forest and other local guests and dignitaries.

Speaking at the event, Jon Walker, Chair of the Donations Fund committee said: "The University is delighted to be able to support community groups across Charnwood.  It is a real pleasure to learn of the amazing projects taking place across the local area and support the great work volunteers do.  We wish everyone great success with their projects and activities."

Later in the summer the University will make awards from its Inside Out Fund and Strategic Fund.  The Inside Out Fund is dedicated to supporting members of staff at the University involved in community projects, whilst the Strategic Fund supports community activities in priority areas working with partner agencies such as Charnwood Borough Council and Leicestershire Police. 


Notes for editors

Press release reference number: PR 13/93

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2011 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the Best Student Experience in England every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 11 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.


Alison Barlow
Community Relations Officer
Loughborough University
T: 01509 228696

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