Fund pot more than £7,000

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A COMMUNITY fund set up last year to help young people in the former Wansbeck district is proving a major success.

The Vantage Fund has already given away £1,317 to a number of groups, including Wansbeck Gymnastic Club, Bedlington Community Sporting Club and Newbiggin Boxing Club, since its launch in October.

The fund now stands at more than £7,000 to go towards improving the health and well-being of young people.

Anne Lyall, chief executive of the Wansbeck Centre for Voluntary Service, said: “We have been delighted with the response from local companies and individuals to support The Vantage Fund.

“Small donations add up and make such a difference.

“We know how hard times are at the moment for individuals and for companies but we are happy to accept even the smallest donation towards making a difference to people in the community.”

To make a donation visit www.vantagefund.org.uk or for fundraising call (01670) 858688.