Charities given community funding

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WHITBY residents have helped donate £5,000 to local causes through the NatWest community fund.

The Whitby, Scarborough and Pickering branches of NatWest were given a combined pot of £5,000 and customers were asked to decide where the money should be distributed.

Residents voted for their preferred choices and Friends of Dean Road and Manor Road Cemetery Care in Scarborough benefited most, scooping £3,000.

Two other organisations were declared runners-up and received £1,000 each.

These were the Scarborough and District Disablement Action Group and Whitby’s Eastside Community Centre.

Lisa O’Brian, treasurer and director of Eastside Community Centre, said: “We are a community-based service, so thank you to everybody for voting.

The money has gone in the fund-raising account to go towards all the work we need to do.”

In total £20,000 was distributed to causes across North Yorkshire.

The Yorkshire Air Ambulance was another big winner and received donations from across the country, leading to the ‘helicopter heroes’ receiving a total of £9,000.

Paul Gowland, director of fund-raising for Yorkshire Air Ambulance, said: “This is fantastic news as donations are vital for us to provide the high level of service we strive for.

“We are proud of the service we are able to provide in Yorkshire which has helped to save numerous lives across the region.”

The NatWest Community Fund was launched last summer and provides support to hundreds of charities nationwide.