12 good causes for Christ­mas giv­ing

TWELVE wor­thy causes ben­e­fited from John Lewis’s an­nual Com­mu­nity Grant Scheme, run through the pages of the Evening Tele­graph. Deputy fea­tures editor JOHN BAKER re­veals the win­ners.

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News -

CHURCHES, char­i­ties, and com­mu­nity groups were among the lucky re­cip­i­ents of the an­nual grant, from a pot of £3,000.

Evening Tele­graph read­ers sent in their bids for the funds through­out Oc­to­ber and Novem­ber, and we then passed on their in­for­ma­tion to staff at the Queens­gate depart­ment store to make the fi­nal de­ci­sion.

Dozens of good causes had made their pitch and it proved im­pos­si­ble to cut it down to just 10 win­ners.

So in­stead judges awarded eight re­cip­i­ents with £300, while an­other four will re­ceive £150 each.

The cash will be spent in var­i­ous ways, such as buy­ing new kitchen fa­cil­i­ties, pay­ing for baby equip­ment, ed­u­ca­tional books and toys, and in­stalling dis­abled fa­cil­i­ties for swim­mers.

The scheme is now in its fourth year and com­mu­nity li­ai­son co­or­di­na­tor at John Lewis Emma Va­le­rio said: “We were over­whelmed by the re­sponse again this year. There are so many de­serv­ing causes and we would love to be able to sup­port them all.

“Sadly we have to de­cide which groups will re­ceive the £300 grant, I’m so pleased I have col­leagues to help me choose.

“We are re­ally thrilled to be able to sup­port so many lo­cal char­i­ties as they do such pos­i­tive work in the Peter­bor­ough area.”

WIN­NERS: The re­cip­i­ents of the John Lewis Com­mu­nity Grant 2011.

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