Hatfield charities benefit from joint business fund

PUBLISHED: 09:55 05 April 2017 | UPDATED: 09:59 05 April 2017

East Herts Sustans Richard Higginbottom, SportInspired Kat Hodge, Young Life International Beth Ann Hunter, Arise Hatfield administrator Karina Barden, Young Enterprise Jo Meek and St John's youth club Ken Lax with their grants.

East Herts Sustans Richard Higginbottom, SportInspired Kat Hodge, Young Life International Beth Ann Hunter, Arise Hatfield administrator Karina Barden, Young Enterprise Jo Meek and St John's youth club Ken Lax with their grants.

Danny Loo Photography 2017

A Hatfield-based charitable fund has chosen five good causes in the town to support with grants this year, from school sports to saving heart attack victims.

ARISE Hatfield,funded by the Galleria shopping centre, Gascoyne Cecil Estates, Ocado, and Hatfield cleaning business Interserve, has provided more than £35,000 to worthy projects since it was established in October 2013.

It has announced that the 2017 beneficiaries, who can claim £1,000 each, will be SportInspired, St John’s Youth Club, Young Life International, Young Enterprise, and the East Herts Sustrans Rangers Group.

Tim Stirling, general manager of the Galleria and Arise Hatfield partner, said: “We receive so many interesting and worthy applications for Arise funding, so narrowing it down to five commendable organisations this time has been quite a challenge.

“However we feel assured that the funding will hugely benefit both the organisations themselves and the community as a whole.”

Sportinspired, which favours “ fun and inclusive community programmes” will divide the money between five schools to kick-start a new sport at each.

The youth club will use the money to provide a new defibrillator at the Hilltop shops to boost survival chances for heart attack victims.

Young Life International will use its grant to send ten young people from poor families and four leaders to an adventurous outdoor camp in Scotland in the summer.

Young Enterprise encourages young people to develop commercial skills by running their own businesses.

And the Sustrans group, which manages two cycle routes in Hatfield and is restoring a BMX track at Howe Dell, will buy equipment to enable more people to take part in its rides and other activities.

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