Thousands awarded to local groups

The Mayor of Skegness Coun Mark Anderson with representatives of local groups which received grants from the town council.
The Mayor of Skegness Coun Mark Anderson with representatives of local groups which received grants from the town council.
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Thousands of pounds were awarded to charities, youth groups and sporting clubs at the latest Skegness Town Council meeting.

The Mayor of Skegness presented cheques totalling £6,225 to nine different local causes at Wednesday’s meeting.

Sylvia Myers received a cheque for £750 on behalf of Skegness Community Youth Centre, which she has helped save from closure with the support of other community leaders in the town.

“They said they were going to close the youth centre but we got together a quite small but very effective committee and we are aiming to get the centre open seven days a week, we’ve already got it open four days,” she said.

“My vision is that the youth of Skengess have a place to go to keep them off the street.”

Mrs Myers also received £475 for Skegness Ability Group, which has been providing a social outlet for disabled youngsters for the past 20 years, to support its annual summer outing.

“We’ve got people with life threatening conditions and they are all local children aged from two to 25,” she said.

“We are going to do lots of activities during the school holidays and hopefully take them to a zoo in Suffolk.”

Coun Anderson also presented the Storehouse Food Larder with £500, which he hoped would alleviate the ‘horror stories’ he had heard people struggling to afford to eat.

And Skegness Fire Cadets, Lincolnshire Army Cadet Force and Home Start East Lindsey each received a further £750 a piece.

Coun Mark Smith also collected £750 for the Winthorpe Youth and Residents Association (WYRA) and a further £750 on behalf of Paul Marshall’s Coastal Access For All, as neither groups could attend in person.

“WYRA does exactly what is says on the tin - they’ve got all sorts of activities going on at the community centre and they’ve just receive a national certificate e for the Big Diary events that they put on,” said Coun Smith.