Supporting active and creative projects for young people in Gloucestershire was the theme for Harrison Clark Rickerbys Charitable Trusts recent donations a total of £1,950 has been shared between a bicycle repair and maintenance station at the Frith youth centre, the Found in the Forest youth theatre group and sports wristbands for Lakeside FC youngsters.
The largest donation was to the Frith centre at Bussage, near Stroud, where £1,200 will pay for a repair and maintenance station for the youngsters bikes, so that they can look after them properly.
Laura Hale, the youth team leader at the centre, which caters for more than 100 youngsters aged from nine upwards and is opposite a public park and BMX ramps, said: this is really great news. We want to encourage the young people who come here to develop practical skills, and many of them just dont have access to space or support at home to look after their bikes. Since they need them for all kinds of activities every day, including coming to the centre, this is going to help them enormously and we are very grateful indeed.
The firms charitable trust has also given £250 to Lakeside FC, whose under-12s will now have GPS wristbands to help them to train more efficiently. The bands monitor heart rate and movements.
Ryan Stewart, who volunteers with the club, said: We want to help the players to understand their fitness levels, and tracking their training using the bands helps them to understand more about sports performance, as well as boosting their interest in general health and fitness. Getting to know this kind of sports data will also help them when they deal with data at school. I was delighted that the Trust gave us this funding it will make a big difference to the team.
The Trust also donated £500 to the Found in the Forest youth theatre group, based in the Forest of Dean, who performed at the National Theatre last summer.
Mat Waddington, chair of the HCRCT, said: This series of donations has been focused on groups which support young people, and I am delighted that we have been able to help such a diverse range of projects in Gloucestershire.
The trust donates money to good causes across the Three Counties several times a year.
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