Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Pharmaceutical Giant Gives Cash to Children

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Pharmaceutical Giant Gives Cash to Children

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Byline: FUNDING Aranda Rahbarkouhi? 0191 201 6136 ?

ANORTH East pharmaceutical giant has given play schemes in the region a PS20,000 cash injection.

The funding from Proctor and Gamble, in North Tyneside, managed by the Community Foundation, will support activities and help provide equipment for youngsters, from West Moor to Cramlington, Northumberland.

The Community Foundation Tyne &Wear and Northumberland supports community groups from children to older people with funding for education, career development or those struggling with ill health. It also allocates funding for the arts, environment, community activities and amateur sport.

The latest round of grants will help 15 community projects which will share the cash to pay for outings and activities.

The P&G Fund was set up to get youngsters in the region by giving them better access to education and building important life skills. Grants range from PS500 towards a toy and loan equipment service at Newcastle Toy and Leisure Library, to three PS2,000 grants to pay for schemes including a nursery garden, after-school activities and a special project for boys.

Community project Edberts House in Gateshead, which works with youngsters on the High Lanes estate, received PS1,500 for its Summer Live children's programme.

The project, which has been running since 2009, has used cash to organise three weeks of activities for 16 children between seven and 11.

Edberts House community development worker, Mark Harrison, said: "We'd like to thank the Community Fund for its generosity.

We've got three weeks of holiday clubs. Our first week will be based around a Roman theme - we are joining an archaeological dig at Arbeia Roman Fort in South Shields, holding a gladiatorial games contest and a mosaic art project.

"In the second week, we'll be focusing on sport with trampolining at Gateshead Leisure Centre, films and designing a sports bag, and the third week will be local history. …

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