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NMP’s donations pass £1.5million milestone

MORE than £1.5million has been given to groups across West Cumbria thanks to Nuclear Management Partners’ Community Fund.

A celebration event was held last Thursday at Cleator Moor Methodist Church where a host of organisations met together.

The group, whose cheque took the fund past the £1.5 million barrier, was the Life Education Centre (LEC), which was awarded £10,000 to replace an aging mobile classroom.

The classroom visits schools in Copeland and Allerdale and educates young people on life skills. These include topics such as healthy eating, drugs, and smoking, bullying and alcohol misuse. The van can cater for 30 children and also has disabled access.

Nick Utting, chairman of LEC Cumbria, said £50,000 is needed for the new mobile classroom, and this latest grant “will be a great help” to achieve the target.

Andy Beeforth, director of the Cumbria Community Foundation, said: “Improving the life of children and young people is a key theme of the fund. The mobile classroom, with its puppets and skeletons, makes a fun place to learn. Kids and teachers alike can’t wait for it to return, so replacing the old classroom is a must and we are glad that Cumbria Community Foundation and the NMP Community Funds was able to help.”

Katrina MacEwan, Woodhouse Family Advice Centre manager, says the centre was given £3,000 last year to pay for summer activities for young people, this included three trips around the county and one trip to a theme park in Scotland.

She said: “The children are so grateful as they would not be going anywhere without the funding.”

Alison Andrew, from Age UK West Cumbria, says the organisation has benefited from £67,462 of funding by the NMP for its Reach Out programme. The scheme provides a variety of support, from social leisure and learning, tea, chat and poetry sessions and an intergenerational group at Thornhill.

At the Phoenix Youth Project in Cleator Moor, £75,000 of funding from the NMP has paid for seven workers.

Paul Rowe said: “The money has secured our jobs in a difficult climate. There are nine of us altogether. The main benefactors are the young people.”

Nan Pryde of Cleator Moor Methodist Church says it benefited from £5,000 for refurbishment of the building.

Since the NMP launched its fund in 2009, it has been able to support 165 different organisations around Copeland and Allerdale. A further £1million is set to be granted to the foundation over the next two years.

Gary McKeating, head of socio-economics at NMP, said: “I’d like to thank Cumbria Community Foundation for the administration side of things. A lot of the charities do a cracking job and so it’s a pleasure to see that the money is going towards these good causes.”

Other guests at the event were Workington Town RL Community development Foundation, Northside Community Centre, Allerdale Credit Union and the Rising Sun Trust.

Have your say

In reply to annonymous,my comments are not cynicism but come from someone who has seen over many years how the nuclear industry has set up high profile publicity seeking show peices to try to convince the local public the benefits of the nuclear industry the visitors centre was a show piece while thorp and magnox was flagging it disapeared when sellafield changed hands so did that serve as a PR stunt,now we are looking at other projects such as dumps and plants they are throwing money about is this not the case of same thing different project, i have'nt seen NMP throwing money around non nuclear counties,this is nothin more than a sweetner to any officials who as stupid enough to believe the PR.

Posted by James O on 15 May 2012 at 07:09

James O does have a valid point !
This is nothing in comparison to the fee that this company receives. It is also understandable when people comment on it being a local bribe. NMP are not here to be generous to the local community,why would they? We have experienced the real reasons theyre here, to get rid of people and make cut backs to enable them to bring in their own 'coaches'at inflated costs and has been highlighted through this paper, fail to deliver projects on time to budget. At least when the previous management ran the site the tens of millions of pounds of earned fee remained in the county and country and subjected to our taxes!!!

Posted by ted on 14 May 2012 at 16:51

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