Cash Windfall for North Wales Community Groups

Caernarfon Foodbank

A cash windfall is on its way to community groups in North Wales, thanks to the Watkin Jones Community Fund.

The latest successful applicants include two projects based in the Conwy area, one in Gwynedd and another in Anglesey.

A grant of £500 awarded to Caernarfon Foodbank will be used towards creating additional storage space, including shelving and other infrastructure. The foodbank provides emergency food parcels to single people and families in poverty who would otherwise go hungry.

Paul Dicken, Manager at Caernarfon Foodbank, said: “We’re extremely grateful to Watkin Jones; it’s great to work in partnership with a local company helping people”.

Meanwhile, the Anglesey Hawks Wheelchair Basketball Club received £300 towards the cost of purchasing training equipment and wheelchair repair. An additional £300 was also awarded to the Conwy Coastal Community First Responders. Covering the Conwy coastal strip, this group of volunteers supports the work of the Welsh Ambulance Service by attending emergency 999 calls in their local area. The grant will be used towards purchasing new kit.

A further £970 was awarded to St David’s Hospice. Based in Llandudno, the hospice is an adult palliative care facility and serves all of North West Wales. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the hospice has 14 registered beds providing symptom relief, respite and end of life care. The grant will be used to purchase new patient chairs in the day care unit.

Presenting cheques to the successful projects, Watkin Jones Communications Manager, Kerry Williams said: “Since the launch of our community fund scheme in 2009, we have funded over 200 community based projects. We are delighted to be in a position to help make a lasting difference to communities here in North Wales.”

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