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Over £10k gifted to local community projects

We have recently gifted grants totalling over £10,000 to five community projects in West Oxfordshire, with funding going to:

Ascott-under-Wychwood Cricket Club – £1,935 to help buy a second-hand pitch roller.

Joss Searchlight (children’s cancer support charity) – £1,285 towards hosting the ‘Witney Wonderland’ fundraising event later this year.

Synolos - £2,500 to help provide training activities for 16-24-year-olds who have lost their job during the Coronavirus lockdown or simply want to improve their work skills or mental health.

West Oxfordshire MS Society - £1,285 towards the cost of specially trained yoga and pilates instructors to provide online classes to those with Multiple Sclerosis.

Witney Radio - £1,837.50 to buy a small caravan or trailer to convert into an outside broadcast studio to take to events across West Oxfordshire.

The projects have received the funding after applying for our Community Fund, a £25,000 scheme to support projects which benefit the community or support an individual Cottsway customer, or their immediate family member, into employment or training.

Our customers are given the chance to vote for the projects they would like to support and have a say on the amount of funding that is given.

Ascott-under-Wychwood Cricket Club was formed in 1861 and has had it’s current pitch roller since the 1960’s.

Stewart Moss, Chairman at the club said: “Our current pitch roller is nearly 60 years old. It’s had a good innings but it gave up on us earlier in the year and sadly, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we’ve struggled to raise funds to replace it. Receiving Cottsway’s grant funding has helped the club immensely and it’s great to be able to play back on our home ground.”

West Oxfordshire MS Society offers support to those affected by Multiple Sclerosis (MS) including carers, friends and families.

Susan Haines from the society said: “Exercise is an important part of reducing the effects of MS, a degenerative and long-term condition. With the UK lockdown it’s been imperative that we continue to offer MS specific exercise classes and much needed social interaction online to those confined to their homes.

“Cottway’s Community Fund has been hugely beneficial allowing us to support over 30 members during this difficult time.”

These five projects are the latest to receive funding from this year’s Community Funding. For more information about the fund, and how to apply, see: Community Fund