Cash windfall for South Yorkshire community groups

Sports Relief hits Sheffield city centre, United Kingdom on 20 March 2016. Photo by Glenn Ashley Photography

Sports Relief hits Sheffield city centre, United Kingdom on 20 March 2016. Photo by Glenn Ashley Photography

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Community groups across the Dearne Valley are celebrating receiving grants worth £50,000.

From football clubs to recycling initiatives, the grassroots projects rewarded were given the Sport Relief Community Cash boosts for making a difference in the heart of their communities.

The funding was decided after hundreds of people took to the streets of South Yorkshire in March to run, walk or cycle as part of the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief flagship games, which boosted charity Comic Relief.

Victoria Southwell, Comic Relief UK grants manager, praised each recipient for making a difference in their neighbourhood.

She said: “The successful projects announced in the local area have received a small grant as part of this year’s Sport Relief Community Cash initiative. Some of the most meaningful changes to people’s lives are made at the grassroots of local communities. Local people are working hard to make a difference on their own doorsteps for people living tough lives and these grants show how a small amount of money can make a big difference.”

Ruth Willis, chief executive of the South Yorkshire Community Foundation, said: “Thanks to the hard work of these groups, the money raised through Sport Relief can now get right to the heart of the local community and make a real difference where it is most needed.”

Organisation to receive a cash windfall included:- Angling for All in Barnsley, Barnsley and District Schools Football Association, Barnsley Black Heart Rollers, Barnsley Churches Drop In, Barnsley Schools Basketball Club, Conisbrough Community Association Ltd, Dearne Electronic Community Village Ltd, Dearne Stayfit, Dearne Valley Bulldogs, Denaby Main JFC, Doncaster and District Branch of the MS Society, Doncaster Boxing Academy, Houghton Main Cricket Club, Hickleton Harriers FC, International Women’s Association in Doncaster, Rotherham Football Centre Ltd, Rotherham Carers Forum, Rotherham Talking Newspapers and Family Foundations in Rawmarsh.