Funds donated by Cumbria-based housebuilder Russell Armer Homes have provided a much-needed boost for two worthwhile projects in South Lakeland, benefiting the local communities in Kendal and Kirkby Lonsdale.
Russell Armer channels thousands of pounds’ worth of funding every year into a special trust managed by Cumbria Community Foundation to support grassroots groups in the towns and villages where the company is building new homes. Recent recipients include an all-ages netball club in Kirkby Lonsdale and a bursary fund at Queen Katherine School in Kendal to help disadvantaged students take part in Duke of Edinburgh Award expeditions.
Kirkby Lonsdale’s netball club was formed to provide opportunities for residents to access the sport for fun and fitness – as well as competition. Players meet regularly for training sessions and compete in local leagues. The club has three teams in the Lancaster and Morecambe League 1st Division and also fields a team in the highly competitive Cumbria Premier League. The club prides itself on its inclusivity – there is provision for junior players, while older or less active members of the community can enjoy ‘walking netball’.
The grant of £1,000 from the Russell Armer Homes Fund will help the club extend its membership and cover the cost of new equipment. A spokesperson for the club said: “The grant means we’ve been able to increase our High 5 (5-11 years) netball sessions and become walking netball hosts. It’s been a great boost for the club.”
At Queen Katherine’s School, the opportunities afforded to students via the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme are highly valued.
The Russell Armer Homes grant of £1,000 has already helped the school to support disadvantaged children to access the scheme and take part in expeditions, regardless of their personal circumstances.
A spokesperson for the school said: “We recently had 70 students camping overnight at a campsite near Lake Windermere. We’re really proud of all they achieved. Thanks to the fund, six of these students were able to join their friends on a life-enhancing outdoor experience.”
Martyn Nicholson, Managing Director at Russell Armer Homes says: “We are genuinely thrilled to support local communities through the dedicated CFF fund, especially where it enables clubs and organisations to bring people together in a shared endeavour. We top up the pot every year and are always pleased to hear about new successes.”
Ellen Clements, Senior Grants & Donor Services Officer, Cumbria Community Foundation: “There are many worthy charitable organisations in the area that continue to provide help to their local communities. We are very grateful for the generosity of Russell Armer to enable us to support these vital services.”