Achievements of Newry groups celebrated

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Tuesday, October 13th, 2015
The work of Newry-based community organisations has been recognised at a special 30th anniversary reception at Stormont organised by the Lloyd’s Bank Foundation for Northern Ireland. Lloyds Bank Foundation 30 YearsAmong those who received help from the Foundation were Dominican at Orana Pre-school Playgroup, which received £1,500 to purchase toys and Home-Start Newry and Mourne, which received £4,200 towards volunteer training and expenses. Patricia Cunningham, leader of Dominican Playgroup said, “The funding to purchase wooden toys and bricks means absolutely everything. Funding helps us to make a difference to children and their families. She added, “The effect will last a lifetime. Our playgroup is all about giving the best opportunity to the children. Thank you for helping us make a difference.” The Lloyds Bank Foundation for Northern Ireland has distributed £32.5m grant aid to more than 8,000 charities since it formed 30 years ago. The figures were revealed at a special 30th anniversary event at Stormont on October 6th to recognise and celebrate all of the organisations it has helped to improve the lives of disadvantaged people. Since it was formed in 1985, the formerly named Lloyds TSB Foundation for Northern Ireland has funded a wide variety of groups dedicated to supporting deprived communities. Through its five grant programmes in 2014 the Foundation released funding of £1.48 million, amounting to 549 separate grants for charity and community and voluntary groups from every corner of Northern Ireland. Sandara Kelso-Robb, Executive Director of the Lloyds Bank Foundation for Northern Ireland said the organisation would continue its vital role in funding valuable projects. “The Foundation is proud to have been part of the life of Northern Ireland for the past 30 years and it will continue to provide support to the thousands of people and organisations that make a huge difference to deprived communities. The cuts in public sector spending mean that our work is more important than ever.”
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