Community groups across Yorkshire are celebrating after sharing grants totalling more than £10,000.
Seventeen local initiatives have become the latest organisations to benefit from the Neil Hudgell Solicitors Trust.
Individual projects to receive funding include a horticultural project to encourage families to grow their own food, an educational day allowing schoolchildren to step back in time to the Tudor period, a community cinema, and an interactive road used to teach road safety and cycling proficiency for children with disabilities in a safe environment.
More than 50 organisations have now benefitted from funding from Neil Hudgell Solicitors Trust since it was officially launched in April 2012.
The Trust, which benefits grassroots organisations in Yorkshire, was established to mark the 15th anniversary of Neil Hudgell Solicitors, specialists in compensation claims for personal injury, medical negligence and professional negligence. The firm, which employs 100 staff, serves clients in England and Wales from offices in Hull and Leeds.
Jo Hudgell, who heads The Neil Hudgell Solicitors Trust, said: “In every community there’s a wealth of initiatives which aren’t in the public spotlight but which do tremendous work to encourage and inspire local people. We want to support these groups and their valuable, but often unrecognised, contribution to community life and spirit.
“We hope more and more local organisations across Yorkshire will apply to us for funding.”
One of the groups given funding is Rainbow Garden, a community initiative based in North Hull. It has received £750 from the Trust to fund two special projects. One will involve a woodwork tutor training families in basic woodwork enabling them to build a sheltered area within the garden. The second will provide seeds and support to encourage local families to grow their own fruit and vegetables.
The Rainbow Garden was started 15 years ago when volunteers decided to turn an abandoned piece of land, less than a hectare, into a community garden. Today, it’s used by hundreds of local people each year, runs a range of events and activities and has inspired some volunteers to develop careers in horticulture.
Jeannie Webster, co-ordinator of The Rainbow Garden, said: “It’s brilliant to receive this funding from the Neil Hudgell Solicitors Trust. It sets us up for this year and will enable us to crack on with our plans to encourage people to grow their own veg, eat healthily and save money too. In the longer term, the money will also help us to enlarge our sheltered area so that people can enjoy and use the garden whatever the weather.”
Application forms and guidance for organisations wishing to find out more about funding from the Neil Hudgell Solicitors Trust are available from https://www.hudgellsolicitors.co.uk/about-us/