Foundation’s legacy trust awards first grant

20th July 2015

Cumbria Community Foundation’s William Milburn Charitable Trust Fund has awarded its first grants to community projects in Walton and Low Row.

Walton Village Hall and Low Row Community Park were both awarded cash grants of £500 and £1,500 respectively at the Foundation’s most recent grants panel, from the newly managed William Milburn Charitable Trust Fund.

Walton Village Hall received funding to continue running ICT and internet skills classes. The money will pay for a tutor to come from Carlisle United’s Computer Suite to teach the class.

Emma Brocklebank, Committee member of Walton Village Hall, said: “Many of the older people within the Parish do not currently use computers or the internet, and would like to learn how to do so. We have previously delivered a basic course in using a laptop and accessing the internet, which was oversubscribed. This new funding will enable more local people to access the skills required to keep up in a digital age.”

Thanks to the funding, Low Row Community Park will have a sufficient contribution to the cost of providing a children’s play area in the village.

Jacqui Bell, Chairperson of Low Row Community Park said: “The children of Low Row attended a Parish Council meeting, to ask why we were the only village in the area which didn’t have anywhere for the children to play. This project is in response to a clear local need.”

The William Milburn Charitable Trust has been active for nearly ten years but was recently transferred to Cumbria Community Foundation. It benefited from the Community First endowment match scheme increasing the donation by 50%, and the Trust is now worth more than £250,000.

Ellen Clements, Senior Grants and Donor Services Officer at Cumbria Community Foundation said: “We’re very pleased to have taken over the management of the William Milburn Charitable Trust and to be able to support more community groups within Brampton and the surrounding areas. We continue to work with the current trustees of the Trust and our own grants panel members to ensure the needs of the communities are met.”

The William Milburn Charitable Trust aims to support groups and organisations within the parish of Brampton and surrounding areas. Examples are Castle Carrock, Hethersgill, Askerton, Lanercost, Scaleby, Upper Denton, Walton & Farlam. To find out more visit the fund page or contact Ellen by email or call 01900 825760.