Barrow Community Trust Hosts Event to Celebrate Local Community

21st October 2013

Barrow Community Trust will be hosting an event to celebrate community life in Barrow-in-Furness.  The event will allow the Trust to thank its supporters and raise awareness of their work.  The informal gathering will take place at Barrow & District Credit Union, who have benefitted from funding from the Trust, on Tuesday 22 October at 5.30pm.

Rob Cairns, Chair of Barrow Community Trust is due to speak at the event and answer questions from guests.  Attendees will include Jackie Arnold of BAE Systems, Phil Huck, Chief Executive of Barrow Borough Council, Martin Oates and Peter Yates of Poole Townsend, Phil and Jen Collier of Turnstone HR and Julie Kirkham of the Keswick to Barrow Walk.

Ian Quayle, Partnerships and Affinities Manager at Furness Building Society, will be presenting the Trust with their Affinity Account cheque for £2,065.84.  He will also be discussing the benefits of the Barrow Community Trust Affinity Account.  By opening an Affinity Account people can donate to the Trust without spending a penny.  The Building Society will make a cash payment from their own funds and the more saved the more is given.  Savers get a competitive rate of interest on their savings and easy access to their money.

Managed by Cumbria Community Foundation, the Trust provides support to charitable and community groups in the local area.  Since its introduction in 2001, Barrow Community Trust has given out £1,010,380 in funding.  A total of 466 grants have been made to worthwhile causes within the Borough of Barrow-in-Furness.

Andy Beeforth, Chief Executive of CCF, will also be speaking at the event.  He said: “Barrow Community Trust plays an important role in the Borough of Barrow-in-Furness.  The Trust was set up to provide grant support to voluntary and community groups already working to improve the quality of life of the people of Barrow.  So far it has been successful in achieving this and this event allows us the opportunity to say thank you to those who have contributed.”

Barrow Community Trust is a Heart of Barrow initiative.  It was created to provide an opportunity for people and businesses to collaborate in support of the local community.

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