A Tamworth-based charity that brings together the community to carry out litter picks has been awarded a £1,500 grant to help it continue its services during the pandemic.
Tamworth Volunteer Litter Pickers received the funding after its local MP Christopher Pincher MP nominated it for a cash award from Western Power Distribution’s (WPD’s) ‘In This Together – Community Matters Fund’.
The fund was established by the local electricity distributor at the start of lockdown to support grass root organisations in delivering care to vulnerable people and families. It initially supported over 300 organisations with £500,000 funding. As the lockdown lifted, WPD extended its support by a further £250,000 and offered MPs the opportunity to put forward a community group or charity for a grant to help towards its work during these challenging times.
Christopher Pincher MP said:
I have seen first-hand the great work the Volunteer Litter Pickers have done, and they have always been incredibly helpful. I decided to nominate them for Western Power Distribution’s In This Together – Community Matters Fund as they are a great organisation and have consistently helped the local community. I am glad they received the £1,500 grant, which will be used in our community.”
Alison Sleightholm, WPD’s Resources & External Affairs Director, said:
“Throughout this crisis we have worked tirelessly to support our local communities and keep the energy flowing to our 7.9 million customers. The crisis is far from over and as we enter the next phase of the UK’s response to the pandemic, we’re delighted that 92 MPs in our regions have nominated deserving causes for up to £1,500 of funding.
“We’re proud that, so far, we have been able to fund over 450 charities and groups within our area. Through the extension of our fund and with the fantastic support of our MPs, we’re able to support even more organisations doing valuable community work.”