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Monk Fryston & Hillam Youth Project Moves Closer

Minster FM News Generic

9:33am 12th May 2014

Months of intense fund raising work is coming to fruition for the Monk Fryston and Hillam Community Association as they announce they have secured the support of a number of organisations and businesses which will enable the project to go ahead this summer.

Following the recent major cash boost from WREN, the Community Association has received financial support from Eggborough Power Station and Efficiency North Frameworks 4 Good Fund. In addition the Garfield Weston Foundation has awarded a substantial amount of funding and a number of local material suppliers, including Saint-Gobain and Newlay Concrete are supporting the project.

Peter Murphy, of Groundworks Selby, speaking on behalf of Eggborough Power Station, commented “We have worked with Monk Fryston and Hillam Community Association in the past and know they are capable of delivering worthwhile projects. A maximum grant of £20,000 was awarded as it was felt that this project, particularly with Wren support, had a real chance of happening and delivering the anticipated benefits to Youngsters and Residents of the two villages. We are very happy to support the project and delighted its going ahead”.

 Ray Newton, Community Association Chair, commented,

“We are very grateful for the fantastic support we are receiving for the Youth Project. The Companies and organisation who are backing us have all commented how impressed they are by the long term effort of the Community Association and it’s volunteers, stretching back almost 50 years, to provide and finance community facilities for our villages. Our track record and the evidence of our Youngsters needs have ensured their support.”

“The final piece in the jigsaw to support this phase of the project came from Key Fund Yorkshire who offered us loans to get the project underway. This means we can use the grants offered and, of course, the fundraising continues to repay the loans and start to equip the new, redeveloped Community Centre”

Cllr Andy Pound, Chair of the Western CEF, added,

“It’s all happening in Monk Fryston and Hillam. At the outset our Management Board felt that this was a very worthwhile project, with a real need. It demonstrates that by us working together with an active local organisation we are making the seemingly impossible happen. On behalf of Western CEF I would like to thank all the organisations and companies for their support for our joint project which will provide an exciting legacy for the community of Monk Fryston and Hillam”

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