Manchester Airport: £16,000 awarded to local good causes based in Greater Manchester and beyond

Several organisations and projects around Greater Manchester have benefited from the airport’s funding
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A total of £16,000 of Manchester Airport project funding has been awarded to Greater Manchester organisations. The funding has been divided between groups located across the region and beyond. 

The funding is available to organisations based within a 10-mile radius of the airport. This includes Manchester, Tameside, Trafford, Stockport and Cheshire. Groups can apply for grants of up to £3,000 and the latest beneficiaries have been announced by the airport following its latest quarterly meeting.  

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Over a dozen groups will benefit from a share of the £16,000, including Read Easy Stockport, a group dedicated to helping adults learn to read. The group has been awarded more than £700 in funding to purchase new reading materials.

 Fiona Clear, a fundraiser for the group, said: “Read Easy Stockport offers weekly one-to-one reading coaching sessions to any adult in the local area who finds reading challenging. Our reading coaches are all local volunteers, who commit their time for up to two years.

 “The donation from Manchester Airport’s Community Trust Fund will enable us to purchase additional books and resources, which will help to make learning to read fun, and to overcome a fear of text, which can be a barrier to learning to read fluently.”

Longsight-based We Matter CIC, which is located in Longsight, will also receive a grant of just under £2,000 totalling just under £2,000, for ten brand-new sewing machines.

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 Naheed Akhtar, a volunteer for We Matter CIC, explained: “Sewing is an activity that many find therapeutic and is a skill that can lead to all sorts of creativity and a great sense of achievement. We are grateful to the Manchester Community Trust Fund for kindly awarding us funding to purchase some sewing machines which will allow us to deliver more activities within our communities.”

 Altrincham’s Friends of Woodstock Park  will get more than £1,700 towards a picnic table, and new planters.

 Ulrich Savary, a volunteer with Friends of Woodstock Park, said: “With this donation, we can now continue the necessary improvements that will make the park a safer, more attractive, and more inviting place for everyone in the community. These funds will go a long way in adding new, inviting spaces for families to gather and maintaining the park's greenery for generations to come.”

Full list of Greater Manchester good causes to receive Manchester Airport good causes funding

L-R Cllr John Taylor, one of the Manchester Airport Community Trust Fund trustees, with Fiona Clear and Marie Joyce of Read Easy StockportL-R Cllr John Taylor, one of the Manchester Airport Community Trust Fund trustees, with Fiona Clear and Marie Joyce of Read Easy Stockport
L-R Cllr John Taylor, one of the Manchester Airport Community Trust Fund trustees, with Fiona Clear and Marie Joyce of Read Easy Stockport

Manchester

Cool Down Time - Gorton Evangelical Church- £674.89- Leisure equipment - Billiard Table, Football Table, Foosballs, Dartboard & Darts

We Matter CIC – Longsight- £1,999.90- 10 sewing machines

Stockport

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Baxter Park and Brookside Tennis Club- £1,837.00- Installation of a defibrillator

Your Local Pantry – Woodley- £883.96- Two refrigerator units

LAST- £1,500.00- Art materials

Cheadle & Gatley Junior Football Club- £730.98- Training equipment – pop-up goals, balls, marker domes and hurdles

Read Easy Stockport- £717.17- Adult reading resources

Young Star Mentoring- £960.00- Walking equipment - hiking boots and rucksacks

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Manchester County Football Association- £480.00- Cages and branded collection bins

Stockport Sea Scouts- £2,000.00- Technical equipment

Stockport Handball Club- £1,781.00- Goals, balls and cones for Handball

Friends of Woodstock Park- £1,726.98- Picnic table and three planters