Dorchester Car Boot Money Helps Good Causes
8:17am 11th September 2014
Good causes in West Dorset have received a cash boost from car boot sellers.
More than £34,000 was raised for the Dorchester Car Boot fund, from people selling at boot sales in the town's Fairfield Car Park.
Now that money is being given to community groups, schools, sports clubs and a women's refuge across the West Dorset area who applied for grants earlier this year.
Many of the groups were presented with certificates from District Councillor Mary Penfold and the Mayor of Dorchester Peter Mann at a celebration tea at the Corn Exchange last week.
Councillor Penfold is chairman of the Dorchester Markets Joint Informal Panel, which manages the Dorchester market. She said; "It is wonderful to be able to support these local voluntary projects that do so much to support people in the Dorchester area."
"The grants will help the groups continue the excellent work they do for our community."
The Dorchester Disabled Club was one of groups receiving funding. Its treasurer Irene Calcutt told Wessex FM; "It is really amazing to learn how many great charities there are in Dorchester and the of the amazing work they are doing."
In all 39 groups received grants between £50 and £3,000 from West Dorset District Council. These included a grant of £500 to Autism Wessex to help run a support group for autism and Asperger's sufferers, £800 to Dorchester Try This to arrange taster sessions in a variety of subjects for local residents,
The programme for grants re-opens again in January 2015. To find out more visit: www.dorsetforyou.com/dorchestergrants