10/02/2012

Watched by Penrith Swimming Club members, Pride in Penrith Lottery chairman  Andy Jackson (right), presents a cheque for £1,425 to club chairman and president Ian Powley.
Watched by Penrith Swimming Club members, Pride in Penrith Lottery chairman Andy Jackson (right), presents a cheque for £1,425 to club chairman and president Ian Powley.

THE board of the Pride in Penrith Lottery have awarded Penrith Swimming Club a grant of £1,425. The grant, which was presented to Ian Powley, president of Penrith Swimming Club, was a welcome cash injection for the club, to help support its growth.

The grant will be used for essential equipment required for galas, training and water polo safety, hats and nets. Penrith Swimming Club has provided swimming tuition since 1880 and gives opportunities for young people aged four to 21 in Penrith and the surrounding area to develop their swimming skills and gives them the opportunity to take part in competitive galas and water polo. The club is run by volunteers who give up their time four nights every week.

Mr. Powley said: “We are delighted to have received a grant from the Pride in Penrith Lottery for new equipment. The club provides an invaluable service to the community, with not only development and competition opportunities for water-based activities, but also in teaching young children to swim.”

The Pride in Penrith Lottery was set up to help local good causes, charities and not-for-profit organisations raise money for projects which would benefit and add to the rejuvenation in and around the town. To date, more than £8,000 has been donated to good causes. However, there is still more than £25,000 in funds waiting to be donated.

Lottery chairman Andy Jackson said: “We have been able to donate money to some fantastic good causes since the lottery began in 2010, but we still have lots in the pot and are encouraging other projects and community groups to come forward and apply for grant funding.

“We do not wish to be considered as a substitute for people or organisations who have had funding cut by local or central government, nor to provide money for ongoing running costs of organisations, but we are able to support specific projects undertaken by community groups and individuals.”

“The core aim of the Pride in Penrith Lottery is to help local initiatives develop, thrive and continue to improve the town.”


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