Over £154k given to seven local charities by the Harpur Trust this Christmas

Harpur Trust
YMCA Fun4Young People project

Christmas has arrived early for seven local groups and charities as The Harpur Trust announced its latest grant awards which total almost £155k.

Each of the recipients will be using the money to improve the lives of people in our borough.

The organisations to receive the Harpur Trust’s Christmas gift include the Bedford & Northants MS Therapy Centre with a payment towards the salaries of two part-time specialist Multiple Sclerosis nurses.

Project 41 at Woodside Church has been awarded £39,500 to roll out a befriending service for isolated and vulnerable people in Bedford whilst the YMCA’s Fun 4 Young People project is set to receive nearly £55,810k over two years to enable them to expand their clubs to more areas, beginning with Queens Park.

Lucy Bardner, Community Programmes Director at The Harpur Trust said, “This is our third grants committee meeting of the financial year and with four more to go, we are on track yet again to award over £1 million to local projects under our three charitable objects of education, relief and recreation with a social welfare purpose.

“Anyone with a community project delivering real benefit to Bedford Borough is very welcome to contact the Harpur Trust team for information and details are also available on our website.”

Other grants awarded this month include £21.5k to the National Literacy Trust for their Early Words family learning programme working with pre-schools in Bedford.

A grant will also provide Bedford and County Athletics Club with storage for Wheelchair Racers.

And finally, Country Days will be able to build a rain shelter to enable Bedford children the opportunity to explore nature and learn about the environment whatever the weather.

To find out more about applying for a grant from The Harpur Trust, visit www.harpurtrust.org.uk/grants

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