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More than £100,000 to be donated to good causes in Ashton on Mersey
MORE than £100,000 is to be given away to charities and good causes in Ashton on Mersey.
The Brooks Institute Charity is able to give away such a huge amount of money due to a decision, made by its trustees 2003, to wind down the charity and sell the Grade II listed Brooks Institute building, on Carrington Lane.
The charity received special permission to do so from the Charities Commission, as the building was costing vast amounts in upkeep and the trustees decided the best way to serve the community was to distribute its assets to good causes, strictly within Ashton on Mersey.
The plan was to distribute half of the charity’s £220,000 capital last year and the other half this year – and while many groups received donations in 2012/13, not all of the £110,000 available was distributed – so there is an even larger amount of money available to good causes for 2013/14.
Cllr Brotherton, trustee and secretary for the Brooks Institute Charity, said: “The trustees welcome bids from any group but the project must be aimed specifically at benefiting the residents of Ashton-upon-Mersey.
“We have somewhat more than £100k to distribute this year so we really do encourage groups to apply.”
Almost 20 separate groups benefitted from grants last year, including Friends of Dainwell Park, which received £10,000 for children’s play equipment and 4 Cheeky Monkeys, which received £5,000 to help convert an old Scout Hut into a toddlers’ group.
Jeneane Warhurst, from 4 Cheeky Monkeys, said: “The £5,000 will allow us to install heating, hot water and hopefully ramps. The money’s been really helpful and we’re really grateful.”
Applications must be submitted by December 31 2013, visit brookscharity.org.uk to download an application form.
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