Grant boost for local good causes

SKDC Cllr Annie Mason is backing Grantham Foodbank with a Ward Member Grant donation of £500.

She has also handed a further £500 to the Grantham Winter Night Shelter for the homeless, a project run by the town's churches.

Cllr Mason said: "The churches in Grantham got together to provide a safe shelter for our homeless during the months of January and February and have been organising fund raising towards creating a permanent shelter for our less fortunate residents. We also held a sleep-out in the grounds of Grantham House in December which raised around £9,000."

Grantham Foodbank provides emergency food parcels to people in need who have been identified by the frontline professional agencies. The parcels are put together to meet the specific needs of families and individuals.

Cllr Mason added: "Each parcel, which is designed to last three days for a family of up to five people, is nutritionally balanced, which is especially important where there are children involved."

Foodbank co-ordinator Brian Hanbury said: "During cold weather there's often a choice between heat and food and our work, with the help of generous donations like this, can help ease that burden."

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Knitting needles will be clicking away to create woollens for deserving causes around The Deepings thanks to an SKDC Ward Member Grant from Market and West Deeping Cllr Virginia Moran.

Deeping Cares is made up of volunteers who give their time and expertise to knit blankets, clothes and toys.

Cllr Moran said: "This hard-working group of local volunteers produces knitted items for causes such as care homes, dementia groups and Peterborough Hospital's baby delivery suites.

"They contribute a lot to people's happiness and wellbeing and need funding to pay for the patterns and wool."

Group treasurer Jane Hayball said: "Our next project is knitting blankets which we will donate to babies' families who need to stay in Peterborough Hospital's neonatal intensive care unit. We are creating knitted Christmas-themed garments ready for Christmas 2020, and items for Bumps and Beyond in Stamford, which supports families during and after pregnancy."

  • Grantham St Vincent's Councillor Annie Mason with Grantham Foodbank Co-ordinator Brian Hanbury
Annie Mason foodbank
  • Market and West Deeping Cllr Moran with the Deeping Cares volunteers
Virginia Moran Deeping Cares