Thirteen good causes celebrate cash boost from Mansfield mayor

Thirteen good causes from across Mansfield are celebrating after landing cash windfalls in the latest distribution of the Mayor's 500 Fund.

Friday, 12th March 2021, 9:43 am

Mansfield Harriers Athletics Club, Thoresby Bands and the 2nd Mansfield Woodhouse Guides have all received a share of the £6,100 cashpot – while another

seven organisations made successful applications to the Robin Hood Lottery Community Fund, which shared out £4,000.

They include Quarry Lane Boxing Club and St Patrick's Primary School Parent Teacher Association.

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Mansfield mayor Andy Abrahams.

Mansfield mayor Andy Abrahams said he had received ‘many worthwhile applications’, making it difficult to decide on which groups should benefit.

"Priority was given to new ventures and those which have been affected in some way by the pandemic,” he said. “We are advising those which were unsuccessful to have another go next time we look at bids.

"Mansfield is fortunate to have so many community groups. Their work is invaluable and I am proud to support them.

"I would also urge people to sign up to play the Robin Hood Lottery each week. As well as helping local good causes each week you also stand a chance of winning a prize, too."

The mayor has so far donated £17,878 since setting up the fund after he pledged to give away 30 per cent of his annual allowance to good causes.

News of when applications will re-open will be made via the council's Facebook page and at www.mansfield.gov.uk/mayors500fund.

Groups, associations and individuals can apply for up to £500 to support projects in their area.

Meanwhile, the Robin Hood Lottery Community Fund is shared out twice a year from money accumulated through ticket sales – with grants of up to £2,000 available.

More details and an online form to apply can be found at www.mansfield.gov.uk/robinhoodcommunityfund, by emailing [email protected] or calling 01623 463442.

To play the Lottery, sign up online at www.robinhoodlottery.co.uk.

The successful bids to the Mayor s 500 Fund were:

- Nottingham Community Housing Association Mansfield (£500) for its work in the district

- Mansfield Community First Responders (£500) For new equipment and medical bags

- Making it Heritage (£500) To tackle digital poverty by providing IT equipment to schools

- Schools out for Summer (£500) for school uniforms and vouchers for vulnerable families

- Sherwood Wolf Hunt RLFC (£500) for a hand sanitizing station and Covid-secure processes when group returns

- Pleasley Surgery P&P Group (£500) for publicity to raise awareness of the group

- Thoresby Band (£500) to help towards rehearsal costs

- Chesterfield Road Food Share (£200) for food supplies

- Mansfield Harriers AC (£500) towards new barriers for the track at Berry Hill Park

- Arena Community (£500) to create a food club at church

- Frenbot Football (£500) towards a charity football match for King's Mill Hospital children's wards

- Swallows Green Community Park (£500) to install a path around the park and create further open spaces

- 2nd Mansfield Woodhouse Guides Park (£400) to help with subscription and activities for the Guides when they return.

The successful bids to the Robin Hood Lottery Community Fund were:

- Green Frog Entertainments (£1,000) for fire alarms and lighting when able to return

- Quarry Lane Boxing Club (£500) for training and equipment

- Veterans Unite (£500) for support to veterans

- Berry Hill Primary & Nursery (£500) for outside learning experiences

- 2nd Mansfield Scout Group (£500) for outdoor materials for the garden

- 4th Mansfield Woodhouse Scout Group (£500) for improved facilities

- St Patrick's Primary School PTA (£500) for outside learning experiences.