KCOM awards community grants to three organisations


The latest charities to be awarded a KCOM Community Grant are Football Club Esperanza, Hull Visual Choir, and Mire Beck Nursery, each of whom will each receive up to £1,000.

The winning groups were voted for by the public from a shortlist of six, and will now receive money to help them continue their work in Hull and East Yorkshire.

Brendon Smurthwaite, KCOM’s community coordinator, said: “Once again the scheme has proved incredibly popular with a record number of 1,700 votes cast for the shortlisted finalists.

“Our winners do a great job improving life for people in Hull and East Yorkshire and we look forward to seeing them use the grants to help continue their incredible work.

“The next round of grants will be open for applications from Monday, 7th October, so if you just missed out this time we’d love to hear from you again – and hopefully we can help as many great local groups as possible.”

Hull’s Football Club Esperanza was awarded £1,000 to buy new goal posts and FA training courses for its ever-expanding teams. The club’sNicola Johnson said: “We would like to thank all of the amazing people who took their time to support us and place their votes to ensure we were successful in securing the grant.

“Thank you so much to KCOM for giving us the opportunity, this will make a huge difference to our club. We can now purchase the essential steel frame goals just in time for the start of the new footballing season.”

Hull Visual Choir, made up of people with hearing difficulties, will use its £850 grant to travel to and take part in the Jersey Eisteddfod Signing Choir Competition.

Sarah Regan, Hull Deaf Centre manager and choir lead, said: “We will use this money to hire a coach to take us all to and collect us from Liverpool airport for the Jersey Eisteddfod in November. The choir fundraises and works hard all year to raise enough funds to travel and perform, not only because they love how performing makes them feel, but, more importantly, for how it makes the audience feel.

“Sign song is beautiful and empowering and every signed song performed by a BSL user helps to bring the hearing and the Deaf communities a little closer together, and that is priceless.”

Mires Beck Nursery will use its £1,000 grant to help buy a specially-adapted wheelchair to give people with disabilities better access to the countryside.

Karen Hall, Mires Beck general manager, said: “It’s always wonderful when a business wins anything, but to win something for the people we serve is an added bonus.

“It is equally special that our friends, supporters and community have voted for our aim to supply a new all-terrain wheelchair which will bring more vulnerable adults in touch with nature on our lovely rural site. We will put this gratefully received contribution toward purchasing this for the autumn activities.”