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The Pride in Penrith Lottery makes a splash at Penrith Swimming Club

Date: 2nd February, 2012

The board of the Pride in Penrith Lottery are delighted to announce they have recently awarded Penrith Swimming Club with a grant of £1425.  The grant, which was presented earlier this week to Ian Powley, President of Penrith Swimming Club is a welcome cash injection for the club who were in need of some funding to help support the growth of the club.

The grant will be used for essential equipment required for galas, training and water polo safety, hats and nets.  Penrith Swimming Club has provided swimming tuition since 1880 and gives opportunities for young people aged 4-21 in Penrith and the surrounding area to develop their swimming skills, gives them the opportunity to take part in competitive galas and water polo.   The club is run by volunteers who give up their valuable time four nights every week, therefore additional support from the Pride in Penrith Lottery was a huge boost to the club’s members.

Ian Powley, President of Penrith Swimming Club commented
“We are delighted to have received a grant from the Pride in Penrith Lottery for new equipment.  The club provides an invaluable service to the community, not only development and competition opportunities for water based activities, but also in teaching young children to swim.  With the support of the Pride in Penrith Lottery we can buy essential equipment that will not only help the club thrive, but also benefit over 100 young people in the local area for years to come”

The Pride in Penrith Lottery was set up to help local good causes, charities and not for profit organisations raise money for projects that would benefit and add to the rejuvenation in and around the town.  To date over £8,000 has been donated to good causes including Eden Community Radio, Carleton Community Project, Sunbeams Music Trust, and the Beacon Wheelers to name a few. However there is still over £25,000 in funds waiting to be donated.

“We have been able to donate money to some fantastic good causes since the Lottery began in 2010, but we still have lots in the pot and are encouraging other projects and community groups to come forward and apply for grant funding.  We do not wish to be considered as a substitute for people or organisations who have had funding cut by local or central Government, nor to provide money for on-going running costs of organisations, but we are able to support specific projects undertaken by community groups and individuals.  What we wish to do is support those who will have a positive impact on the local community and add to the vitality of the town.”
Comments Andy Jackson, Chairman of the Pride in Penrith Lottery.

The core aim of the Pride in Penrith Lottery is to help local initiatives develop, thrive and continue to improve the town.  However, we also have given out over £15,000 in prizes to people in the local area, from as little as £20 in the weekly draw, to our biggest jackpot of £5,000 at the beginning of January this year.  The Lottery continues to grow with new members joining all the time, more people winning prizes and ultimately more money generated for the town.

Photo:  Fred Wilson Photo: Fred Wilson