Youngsters set to benefit from Finedon charity

Presentation by the Finedon Educational Charity to the Friends of Finedon Library
Presentation by the Finedon Educational Charity to the Friends of Finedon Library

A charity has given out its first cash grants since being set up to help young people more than 30 years ago.

Finedon Educational Charity was set up in 1980 as an organisation to promote the education and development of young people living in Finedon.

A piece of land was left to the charity but it is only now, many years later, that they have been able to sell it and reap the benefits.

Brian Foster, treasurer for the charity, said: “We have come a long way. We had land left to the charity, but up until now we haven’t been able to sell the land.

“We raised a considerable amount with that.

“We can’t spend it but we can invest it.”

Income generated by the investment becomes a pot of cash to help out individuals, groups or schools in Finedon for educational purposes.

After making its first appeal for projects in the town in need of help, six applications were received, all of which were successful in securing money from the charity.

The Friends of Finedon Library were among the successful applicants and they will be using the donation to buy some tablets for the library.

Library manager Viktoria Marta said: “They are going to be for children, with certain apps on there for children.”

Chairman of the charity Jonathan Knight said: “The charity is to support education and young people in Finedon.

“The total amount that has been given out this time is £5,000.”

Other recipients of money included two individuals from the town, as well as both Finedon Infant and Junior Schools.

The schools are planning to use the money for laptops and whiteboards respectively.

Les Martin, chairman of the Friends of Finedon Library, accepted the cheque at Finedon Library with Viktoria last week.

Mr Martin added: “For a town of this size, it’s a real avenue of money for good causes.”

The charity’s next deadline for applications is January 15, 2015.

Applications can be submitted by individuals living in Finedon, youth organisations based in Finedon, Finedon Infant School, Finedon Mulso CEVA Junior School and Huxlow Science College.

For further information about the charity or to download an application form go to www.finedoneducationalcharity.org.