Thirteen community groups from across Greater Manchester and Cheshire have received a cash boost in July thanks to the Manchester Airport Community Trust Fund.
More than £98,000 has been handed out to groups in 2018 so far, with the airport donating in excess of £100,000 per year, and £3.4m since the Manchester Airport Community Trust Fund began in 1997. The groups receiving grants spread throughout Greater Manchester and Cheshire.
In April, The Friends of Romiley Station (pictured) secured £2,000 towards murals of local scenes to decorate eleven windows on the station platform. The paintings will be sketched by a local artist before being completed by the community in a variety of painting workshops.
Alfred Clark, Chair of The Friends of Romiley Station, said:
“The station is used by almost the entire community at some time each year, be it for the daily commute, the shopping trip to Manchester or for gaining access to the splendour of the Peak District. Whilst the station is much brighter than it was, users have been putting up with some poorly maintained buildings, but that is about to change and it is the community as a whole that are helping to make the change thanks to superb grant funding from the Manchester Airport Community Trust Fund. Hundreds of local people, plus some visitors from overseas, have taken part and have had a superb time painting the various scenes.”
Since it began in 1997, The Community Trust Fund has donated more than £3.4m to over 1,490 local community, social and environmental groups in Greater Manchester and Cheshire.
Wendy Sinfield, Community Relations Manager at Manchester Airport, said:
“I’m very pleased to see that the Community Trust Fund has been able to help so many fantastic groups over the past 21 years. These groups are incredibly important to their local communities, so being able to support them through the fund is wonderful and every quarter I look forward to seeing the work they do and how we can help them.”
Local groups wishing to apply for grants at the next quarterly meeting are encouraged to apply online