Grass roots projects to share in £100k Sport Re­lief awards

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

RUGBY star Danny Cipri­ani vis­ited young­sters tak­ing part in an al­co­hol aware­ness pro­gramme as ap­pli­ca­tions opened for Sport Re­lief cash.

The Sale Sharks fly-half called in at Street­wise 2000 in Bury and got in­volved with al­co­hol aware­ness education.

The pro­ject aims to im­prove the emo­tional well-be­ing and men­tal health of 16 to 24-yearolds and re­cently re­ceived a Sport Re­lief Com­mu­nity Cash grant.

Awards of £500 to £1,000 are avail­able to small grass roots com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions in Greater Manch­ester with a to­tal of £100,000 be­ing given away.

Street­wise will put its money to­wards a co-or­di­na­tor for the pro­ject and the costs of group ac­tiv­i­ties.

Cipri­ani is one of many fa­mous faces sup­port­ing Sport Re­lief, as the coun­try lim­bers up for the Sains­bury’s Sport Re­lief Games in March.

He said: “It’s great to see projects like Street­wise 2000 be­ing able to sup­port young­sters in my area. The Sains­bury’s Sport Re­lief Games gives ev­ery­one the chance to do them­selves proud.

“By run­ning, walk­ing, swim­ming or cy­cling at the amaz­ing Queens El­iz­a­beth Olympic Park on Sun­day, March 20, you can raise cash that will help to trans­form the lives of peo­ple liv­ing right here in the north west.”

The games will be tak­ing place on March 18 to 20 at the Olympic Park as well as Belfast, Cardiff, Glas­gow, Nor­wich and Sh­effield – with hun­dreds of lo­cal events across the UK. Half of all the money raised by the pub­lic is spent in the UK, with the other half used to make a dif­fer­ence in the world’s poor­est com­mu­ni­ties.

Vic­to­ria South­well, UK grants man­ager at Comic Re­lief, said: “Sport Re­lief is de­lighted to be work­ing with the MWN and of­fer­ing Sport Re­lief com­mu­nity cash once again to lo­cal groups in Greater Manch­ester.

“We have funded some truly fan­tas­tic work in the lo­cal area, and are look­ing for­ward to see­ing some new groups ap­ply­ing.

Thanks to the hard work of th­ese groups, money raised through Sport Re­lief can get right to the heart of the lo­cal com­mu­nity and make a real dif­fer­ence where it is most needed.

“I urge as many groups as pos­si­ble to get their ap­pli­ca­tions in now for their chance to get a grant from the £100,000 on of­fer.”

Ap­pli­ca­tions for com­mu­nity cash grants are open now, with For­ever Manch­ester work­ing with Comic Re­lief to get the cash to the groups that need it most. They close on Thurs­day, Fe­bru­ary 17.

In­ter­ested groups can ap­ply by go­ing to the web­site forever­manch­ester.com/ comm­cash16.

●● Sale Sharks rugby star Danny Cipri­ani

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