Volunteers rewarded for community service

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TWO groups in south east Northumberland have been awarded over £500 between them in recognition of their work in the community.

Bedlington Terriers Juniors Football Club, based in Choppington, and Concordia Netball Club, Cramlington, have each received £260 from BT for their continued dedication to volunteering.

BT is awarding grants through its employee recognition scheme, the BT People Awards, which was launched in April last year.

The scheme acknowledges volunteers who give up their free time to help their local communities.

Bedlington Terriers manager Andy Bruce said the club will use the funding to buy new football training equipment.

He said: “It is great news for the team. I would like to thank BT for their award.

“The money will certainly support us in obtaining new football training equipment to enhance training levels of team.”

Julie Troy, secretary of Concordia Netball Club, said: “On behalf of Concordia Netball Club I would like to thank BT for this award.

“Concordia teams have achieved success in both the Tyne and Wear and Northumberland winter and spring leagues over the past two years.

“We are a self-funded club and intend to use the money from BT to buy much needed training equipment to build on our achievements.”