Thousands handed out to Kettering good causes

Andrew Mulhall, Nikki Glazebrook, Kerry Burns and son Billy Burns at the Green Patch
Andrew Mulhall, Nikki Glazebrook, Kerry Burns and son Billy Burns at the Green Patch

A community gardening scheme, a food bank and grassroots football teams are just some of the beneficiaries from a funding initiative.

The Avondale Grange ward in Kettering was given £33,910 from the Community Development Foundation, and local organisations and services were asked to come forward and apply for a slice of the cash.

A panel was set up in the ward consisting of community leaders and councillors, and so far £8,500 has been paid out to worthwhile local projects.

Just under £3,000 of that money will go to the Green Patch for a scheme where volunteers tidy and tend to elderly residents’ gardens plus cash for evening activities at the Valley Walk allotments.

Nikki Glazebrook, from the Green Patch, said: “The funding will be used to set that up and give people a chance to help other residents on their estate out.

“Hopefully it will create some community spirit – the funding should do a lot of good things in the area.

“We’re also looking to spend the money on getting volunteers together to do night activ ites at the Green Patch, so everyone has a chance to use the facilities there.”

St Jude’s Community Project gained £700 for its community food bank, which holds a drop-in every Friday at the Grange Methodist Church in Stamford Road.

Weekley Rovers and Kettering Warriors FC also gained cash for new kits.