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24 Apr 2015

Couple awarded £100 from Loughborough University Donation Fund

Representatives from Loughborough University have presented two local residents with a cheque for £100 to help support their gardening project.

Harry and Pat Cook, of the Forest Road Green Belt Gardeners, will use the contribution to spruce up an old footpath by planting crocuses and spring bulbs in time for next summer.

The couple, who are regular contributors to Loughborough in Bloom, applied for funding through the University’s Community Donation Fund programme.

The University runs its annual donation fund programme to help community based groups hold events, plan schemes or purchase materials they need.

Today, Friday 24 April, Harry and Pat were officially awarded with their £100 cheque from the Open Fund.

The Open Fund is one of five funding programmes available to the local community.

Harry Cook said “We’re absolutely delighted to have received the funding from Loughborough University, it’s really going to make a difference to our project this year.

“The Donation Fund is a fantastic idea which really does help local and voluntary groups in the area. It’s great to have the university really supporting what the community does."

Alison Barlow, Stakeholders Relation Manager at Loughborough University, said “We’re very pleased to be able to help Harry and Pat with their project. For us this is what the Community Donation Fund is all about.  

“We want to be able to back members of the community who are trying to make a difference. It’s great to see just how far a donation can go. We’re excited to watch the process from start to finish.” 

The University's Grounds and Gardens Team have also helped Harry and Pat with their gardening endeavours by providing them with bulbs and seeds.  

Notes for editors

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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 has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, putting it among the best universities in the world, and was named Sports University of the Year 2013-14 by The Times and Sunday Times. Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and has been voted England's Best Student Experience for six years running in the Times Higher Education league. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

In 2015 the University will open an additional academic campus in London’s new innovation quarter. Loughborough University in London, based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, will offer postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities.

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