Telegraph and Argus “Gannett Award” to ART

CHEQUES totalling almost £30,000 have been handed over to four charities in the district from the Telegraph & Argus’s charitable arm.

The Gannett Foundation, operated by the T&A’s US parent company Gannett, invited deserving candidates to apply for a grant to help provide services in the district.

A number of local organisations applied and four were selected, receiving the news of their successful bids shortly before Christmas.

The charities to benefit in the Bradford area this time range from environmental projects, to community and sensory gardens and an outdoor play structure for young children.

T&A editor Nigel Burton handed over the cheques, which range in value from £5,000 to £9,000.

Aire Rivers Trust received £9,000 towards an environmental project on the River Aire to deter and clear up fly-tipping and host an awareness-raising event.

In its application the trust detailed how North Beck in Keighley is an area particularly blighted by fly-tipping.

This project will reconnect the businesses and community to reclaim the area and restore it to become a tranquil urban green space,” the organisation stated.

We will clear the area of fly-tipping and secure it against further incidents by installing a fence and security cameras.”

In terms of benefits to the local community, the application adds: “The whole community would benefit from the area being cleaned and fly-tipping removed. Families would once again be able to access the area and walk in pleasant surroundings beside a local Beck.

It would improve an urban ward in Keighley and encourage people to get outdoors more. In the long term, the neighbourhood would be safer for people to use.”

Nick Milsom of the Aire Rivers Trust said upon being awarded the grant: “The Aire Rivers Trust is enormously proud of our rivers and streams and the wildlife they support.

This grant will make a huge difference to our volunteers to enable us to tackle a challenging fly-tipping hotspot in an area of Keighley we have been working to improve over that last year.”

The Gannett Foundation awarded a total of £30,000 in grants in 2018 to 50 good causes in communities served by Newsquest newspapers.