23 September 2020
MP nominates local charity for grant

Thringstone Miners Social Centre who support local mum and toddler groups as well as amateur football clubs has been awarded a £1,500 grant to help it continue its services during the pandemic.

The charity received the funding after their local MP Andrew Bridgen nominated them for a cash award from Western Power Distribution’s (WPD’s) ‘In This Together – Community Matters Fund’.

The fund was established by the local electricity distributor at the start of lockdown to support grass root organisations deliver care to vulnerable people and families. It initially supported over 300 organisations with £500,000 funding. As the lockdown lifted, WPD extended its support by a further £250,000 and offered MPs the opportunity to put forward a community group or charity for a grant to help towards its work to support the community during these challenging times.

Leon Spence, Chairman of Trustees at Thringstone Miners Social Centre said: “Thringstone Miners Social Centre are immensely grateful to WPD for their generous funding, and our local MP Andrew Bridgen for nominating us. Like many charities, we have been worries about paying the bills during coronavirus, whilst at the same time wanting to constantly improve the facilities that we provide to our community. We’re still evaluating exactly how we will use the funding, but we know that it will go a long way towards ensuring our charity is sustainable in a post-Covid world.”

Andrew Bridgen MP for North West Leicestershire said: “I was pleased to nominate Thringstone Miners Social Centre for Western Power Distribution’s Community Matters Fund. The Centre is a vital part of the local community, and this grant will ensure that it can continue to offer its services throughout this difficult time. I would like to thank Western Power Distribution for awarding this grant, which i know is greatly appreciated.”

Alison Sleightholm, WPD’s Resources & External Affairs Director, said: “Throughout this crisis we have worked tirelessly to support our local communities and keep the energy flowing to our 7.9 million customers. The crisis is far from over and as we enter the next phase of the UK’s response to the pandemic, we’re delighted that 92 MPs in our regions have nominated deserving causes for up to £1,500 of funding. 

“We’re proud that, so far, we have been able to fund over 450 charities and groups within our area. Through the extension of our fund and with the fantastic support of our MPs, we’re able to support even more organisations doing valuable community work.”


Thringston Miners Social Centre