Extra help in store for charity fund

B&Q in Ashington who are coming on board as a community partner with the Vantage Fund.  Matt Knibbs, the manager with Anne Lyall the CEO.
B&Q in Ashington who are coming on board as a community partner with the Vantage Fund. Matt Knibbs, the manager with Anne Lyall the CEO.
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A CHARITY set up to help fund community initiatives in south east Northumberland has been given a boost as it looks to take the amount of cash it has handed out past the £4,000 mark.

The Vantage Fund, launched by Wansbeck Centre for Voluntary Service (WCVS) in memory of community campaigner Sheila McGuckin, can now count on the support of the town’s B&Q store.

Store manager Matt Knibbs is now drawing up plans for a car boot sale in the store’s car park in the autumn and a bucket cash collection to raise money for the fund.

That comes after one of Matt’s staff, Dawn Wilson, completed a stint during a marathon exercise bike session at the centre’s Ashington office, helping raise £508.

Matt said: “B&Q is delighted to be working alongside the WCVS to raise as much money as possible for this great cause.

“It is important that local business supports its local community, whatever the scale, and we are happy to be doing so for the Vantage Fund.”

Fund chief executive Anne Lyall said: “We are absolutely delighted to have such a household name as a community partner and look forward to welcoming Matt onto the Vantage Fund assessment panel in the future.

“B&Q’s support is so welcome in these times of economic hardship, and we look forward to a rewarding year.

“Already £3,992 has been given out in grants, and we anticipate that when we change the theme later this year, we will once again have plenty of applications coming in.”

The Vantage Fund’s other supporters include Lynemouth’s Rio Tinto Alcan plant and the News Post Leader.