30 August 2010
Local MP Andrew Bridgen has visited three local projects funded by the National Lottery.

The MP for North West Leicestershire saw for himself the results of over £900,000 of lottery funding received by Sir John Moore’s School and Exhibition Foundation, Packington Memorial Hall and Whitwick Community Coffee shop.

The projects cover IT facilities for young people, a community centre and a group for the elderly.
Andrew said: “I was delighted to see the difference that Lottery funding is making to our communities.

“It is great to see the drive and enthusiasm of the volunteers, and our community owes them a great debt. I look forward to working with them in the years ahead.”

Sir John Moore’s School and Exhibition Foundation “The Portal” Project received £77,790 from BIG’s Young People’s Fund last year. The project was developed by a group of young people who came up with the idea to produce a full range of IT activities that are developed and delivered specifically to meet young people's needs.

Packington Memorial Hall received a Community Buildings grant from BIG for £250,000 in 2008 to refurbish and extend the existing hall. It provides more space and facilities to be used by more people and to offer a greater range of activities. It is an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable building.

Whitwick Community Coffee Shop Elderly Person’s Luncheon Club received an Award for All grant from BIG for £9,350 last year. The community based group provides a club for older people to enjoy nutritious meals and to overcome social exclusion by helping them to meet and enjoy each other’s company. The group provides a minibus service.