£4,000 present to community groups

GRANTS totalling £4,000 have been given to three community organisations in Boston.

The grand sum has been split between the Butterfly Hospice Trust, the Boston Salvation Army and Boston and District Athletic Club.

It is part of £14,750 donated by members of Lincolnshire Co-operative across the county in the latest round of its Community Dividend grants.

The Butterfly Hospice Trust received £2,000 to buy special reclining chairs so visitors can spend the night with their loved ones. Four out of the six chairs needed for the hospice, due for completion in January, have now been bought.

Fundraising manager Jane Parsons said she was ‘absolutely thrilled’ to receive the grant.

A further £1,000 has gone to the Salvation Army’s Boston corps to help fund its new community drop-in facility, The Bridge. Based next to the Citadel in High Street, it offers support, including free hot drinks, for townspeople in need.

Maj Julie House said: “We were really, really pleased. It’s a big help. It took a lot of fundraising to get the Citadel refurbished and particularly the new community part of it. We hope it’s a facility that the community will use.”

The Bridge is open from 10am-noon Monday to Friday and until 2pm on Wednesdays.

The final £1,000 has gone to Boston and District Athletic Club to help pay for sports hall equipment at its new home in Punchbowl Lane. Club development officer Peter Arnott said such donations were ‘critical’ to the club following its move.

“When we set up the place we were urgently in need of equipment to survive. The response throughout the country was unbelievable.”

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