News: Community groups to benefit as papers team up with Sport Relief over £125k

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Community groups to benefit as papers team up with Sport Relief over £125k

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Two of Archant East’s daily newspapers have teamed up with Sport Relief to offer £125,000 of cash to scores of community groups across their areas.

The East Anglian Daily Times and Norwich Evening News have teamed up with the high-profile charity to hand out vital grants of up to £1,000 each to dozens of deserving local community groups as part of the Sport Relief Community Cash fund.

The fundraising extravaganza’s 2014 campaign, which is part of Comic Relief, launches this week with the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games held over the weekend of March 21-23.

The money raised by members of the public as they run, cycle and swim at events across the country will be used to transform the lives of disadvantaged people in the UK and some of the world’s poorest countries.

This is the fifth year that the Evening News has been involved with Sport Relief and has given out grants to more than 200 local good causes.

Managing editor, Tim Williams, urged groups to make the most of the opportunity. He said: “This Sport Relief initiative is fantastic news for the people of Norwich. Every day we are working at the heart of Norwich life and our team is always meeting organisations which could benefit hugely from one of these grants.”

Tim will be part of the panel that chooses the recipients of the grants, which will be administered by the Norfolk Community Foundation. He added: “Sport Relief is a charity which is an inspiration to us all, with an excellent record of identifying and helping those in need across the country. The Norwich Evening News is delighted to be able to help.”

This year, for the first time, small community organisations in the EADT’s circulation area will be able to get their hands on a pot of £75,000 to help people going through tough times.

The grants, which come from the Sport Relief Community Cash fund, will be for sums between £500 and £1,000 and are available through the Suffolk Community Foundation.

EADT editor Terry Hunt said: “We are delighted that Sport Relief has chosen us as partners and we look forward to being able to help dozens of very deserving local groups in the coming months.”

One of many celebrities backing Sport Relief is sports presenter Jake Humphrey, who said: “The great thing about Sport Relief is that it isn’t just saying ‘give us £5’ or ‘put your hand in your pocket and give us a tenner’ or ‘buy a cake from a ‘bring and buy stall’. What we are saying is raise money for charity and be part of something incredible that brings the whole nation together, and at the same time you’ll be fitter, you’ll be stronger, you’ll be faster, and you’ll feel good about yourself.

“Sport Relief is fantastic because you’re giving and taking at the same time, and there are so few charitable initiatives that can achieve that. That’s the magic about Sport Relief.”

Full details about all things Sport Relief, including how to take part and events near you, can be found at www.sportrelief.com.

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