Good causes get cash from Luton airport

£50,000 fund will help young people and volunteers

Young people, sports players and volunteers will all benefit from grants awarded by Luton airport.

The airport set aside £50,000 in February to support community projects in the Luton area this year, and has already pledged £16,000 in grants.

One of the first projects to benefit was the Hitchin Triangle Community Garden, a garden in a park in Hitchin which is cultivated by people in the area.

It is open all year round for people to work on the garden and take part in activities, and for schools to visit. The grant will pay for a part-time horticulturalist to be employed for six months to work with adults with learning disabilities.

Other projects getting a share of the cash, which is known as the Community Trust Fund, include the Luton Young Leaders Academy, which aims to create volunteering and mentoring opportunities for young people aged between 13 and 16.

The Dallow Development Trust, a football coaching project for young people, the Whitwell Pavilion Project, which will see sports facilities rebuilt in the village of Whitwell, and the Royston and District Volunteer Centre will also get money.

Other beneficiaries will include Wheathampstead for Enterprising Business, which is setting up a heritage trail in the village of Wheathampstead, and the Living Room project in Stevenage, which provides therapy for people suffering from eating disorders.

For more details visit www.londonlutoninthecommunity.co.uk.

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