Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation completes new round of grants

Volunteers at the Best Before Café are just one of the local organisations which will benefit from a

Volunteers at the Best Before Café are just one of the local organisations which will benefit from a Heritage Foundation grant. Picture: Heritage Foundation - Credit: Archant

The Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation has completed another round of grants to businesses and charities.

Awarding up to £50,000, grants are available to any not-for-profit local, regional or national charitable organisation which works to enhance the lives of Letchworth’s people.

This round of grants saw Angels Support Group awarded £7,542. The charity works to support parents and carers of children with ADHD and/or conditions on the autism spectrum.

The Heritage Foundation’s funding will go towards assisting children supported by this group in dealing with the anxiety of the transition from junior to secondary school.

Letchworth Baptist Church were also beneficiaries of £555, which will be used to help Transform – a three-day activity programme for children during the school holidays. Similarly, King’s Community Church was awarded £700 to support the running of a holiday club during the school holidays.

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The foundation also awarded £1,124 to the Best Before Café, a new initiative which takes surplus and unsold supermarket food and uses it to provide light snacks and groceries for people to take away on a pay-as-you-feel basis.

The café is based at Mrs Howard Memorial Hall, and opens on Wednesdays between 10am and 1pm. The new grant will go towards start-up costs.

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The final grant was awarded to Pixmore Junior School, which will be used to fund an additional pedestrian access route into the school, making it safer and to encourage more children to walk. The school was granted £3,500.

Heritage Foundation charity services head Alastair Stewart said: “For this grant round we had five applicants and all were successful.

“We look to support projects which will enhance the life of residents in the town.

“The holiday clubs offer much-needed summer activities for families in the neighbourhood. The Best Before Café addresses both food waste and summer food poverty areas of need that have been highlighted through research we have undertaken with partners.

“The Pixmore scheme will provide a safer route to school, and with the new entrance that school will be encouraging more children to walk or cycle.

“Finally, the Angels support programme will introduce strategies that support the wellbeing of both children and their families.”

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