A BURTON charity handed out nearly £120,000 to good causes during 2013.
The Consolidated Charity, with a history dating back more than 300 years, awards grants to community groups within the town, to people who have fallen on hard times and gives a helping hand to students through education bursaries. In addition, the charity looks after 32 almshouses in the town spread over three sites.
Grants totalling £55,142 were allocated to organisations such as churches, registered charities and voluntary groups over the course of last year.
Wishes for Winshill received £1,500 to help pay for community activities.
Tracey Elson, from the group, said: “It has allowed us to host a range of events. An average of 310 residents have benefited directly.”
East Staffordshire CVS received £2,500 to help train and support volunteer advisors.
Carolyn Coxon, the CVS development manager, said: “The grant from the Consolidated Charity was critical in allowing the project to succeed.”
There was also £4,000 for Burton Venture Trust, £3,500 to help pay for the resurfacing of Branston Village Hall and £3,000 for renovation work at Carver Road Community Centre.
The charity handed out just under £50,000 to 182 families and individuals who found themselves in hardship during 2013.
The bursary scheme helps undergraduate students with costs associated with obtaining a degree. A total of 31 bursaries of £400 per year for three years were awarded in 2013. In addition, eight grants were awarded totalling, £1,653 for other education purposes, such as sports and arts activities.
The chairman of the Consolidated Charity, Ben Robinson, said: “The charity is more than 300 years old and provides great support in the town across a wide range of areas. It gives help to families in need, many local organisations and students.
“We are now working hard on creating more income from the charity’s assets so that in the future we can distribute even more money to good causes in Burton.”
To find out more about the charity go to www.consolidatedcharityburton.org.uk