Thousands handed out to Desborough good causes

Paula Holmes, secretary of Desborough Community Development Trust, with community responders Eammon Gilbey and Dan Haynes

Paula Holmes, secretary of Desborough Community Development Trust, with community responders Eammon Gilbey and Dan Haynes

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The Desborough Community Development Trust has handed out grants of up to £750 to more than 30 good causes in 2013, it has announced.

It means the trust’s donations throughout the year have totalled almost £15,000.

Trust chairman Gordon Harvey said: “The trust’s members, volunteers and trustees have continued to work hard this year to be able to give such a lot of money away.”

The trust, founded in October 2010, donated money raised through its charity shop in Station Road, Desborough, and other fundraising events to groups nominated by volunteers and customers.

This year it gave money to each of the three schools in the town to help sponsor school trips for every child in years two and six. It also donated £500 to Havelock Junior School to buy new library books to encourage reading.

A special ‘ticker kit’ fundraising effort has been held all year to raise money for the Desborough and Rothwell First responders group with a target of £2,500 to cover the cost of a complete defibrillator kit. That fund currently stands at £1,800 with two weeks left.

Mr Harvey said: “We would like to thank the residents of Desborough yet again who who continue to support the trust through the shop. It is because of their generosity that we have been able to make these donations.

“If anyone would like to suggest a good cause, we’d very much like to hear about it. The volunteers at the shop give up their time to help and their efforts show just what can be achieved. We’re always looking for new faces to help out, so if you would like to know more, please ask at the shop.”