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Two Gateshead charities receive funding boost

29 April 2024

Soundroom Music charity receiving PH cheque

Two charities in Gateshead are celebrating after winning funding from our Durham business.

Gateshead Older People’s Assembly (GOPA) and The Soundroom Community Music Project have each secured funding via our Community Champions initiative.

GOPA have been awarded £5,000 to invest in their community pantry while Soundroom have won £1,000 to help support their ongoing programmes.

Gateshead Mayor Eileen McMaster was this week on hand to present cheques to the respective charities alongside our Durham Managing Director Ed Alder.

Our Community Champions initiative is open to all local charities, schools and community groups looking for funding. £180,000 is available every quarter with winners receiving between £1,000 and £6,000.

Craig Bankhead, Chief Executive of Gateshead Older People’s Assembly, said: “We’re delighted to have received this donation that will help to support our community pantry for older people in the east of Gateshead.

“Our beneficiaries have told us that having the opportunity to access a couple of grocery items every time they visit makes a big difference to their shopping bills. The money they can save by accessing our community pantry can be used elsewhere such as on utility bills.”

Lynne Greenwood, Manager at The Soundroom Community Project, added: “This donation allows a well-used Gateshead grassroots organisation to continue to support as many people as possible through music related activities. Our musical community will benefit immensely from having some new kit to enhance their learning experience and increase participation.”

Gateshead Mayor, Councillor Eileen McMaster commented: “It was a pleasure to have attended two cheque presentations for two worthy charities.  I know that the donations will make such a difference to so many people within Gateshead.”

Ed Alder, Managing Director at Persimmon Durham added: “It was great to visit Gateshead Older People’s Assembly and The Soundroom Community Project recently.

“Both charities do phenomenal work in the local community, and it is privilege to support them with a donation from our Community Champions initiative. I wish both the very best for the future.”

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