School ‘over the moon’ at Go Kids Go! funding

PUBLISHED: 09:00 06 May 2016

Pupils from Lympsham First School with their new scooters.

Pupils from Lympsham First School with their new scooters.

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A Somerset school has urged community groups and good causes to apply for this year’s Go Kids Go! scheme, after it was given £280 last year to spend on scooters and bikes.

Lympsham First School applied to the scheme – which hands out cash to causes which encourage children to get active – after seeing an article in the Mercury.

The school used the money to buy new bikes and scooters for pupils and said it was ‘thrilled’ to have been chosen as one of last year’s winners.

School office worker Lynette Blackstock said: “We had applied a couple of times before, but we were not successful.

“So I thought I’d have another go.

“We are very limited as to what outdoor things we have got for the children, so it is the first time they have had scooters.

“The children love them. We use them in fine weather as much as we can.

“We were thrilled to win and were over the moon. We were just really pleased to have been chosen.

“We always find it hard to buy additional things now so anything extra is a bonus.”

The scheme was launched five years ago and is a joint project between the Mercury and the Weston Lions Club.

It has handed out 83 grants, totalling £50,000, to organisations across Weston and its surrounding villages since its inception.

There is £12,000 up for grabs in this year’s project and Mrs Blackstock said anyone thinking of applying should not be afraid to get involved.

She said: “I would say just give it a go (the application).

“You have got nothing to lose.”

If you run a community group which you think deserves a helping hand, are based within the postcode areas BS22, BS23, BS24, BS25 or BS29, and are a registered club, charity or not-for-profit organisation, you can apply for a grant.

The winners will be announced in the Mercury on July 28 and presentations of the grants will be held on the final day of the Lions’ ale festival, which will take place on the Beach Lawns, Weston, from July 30-31.

To apply to Go Kids Go!, email grace.earl@archant.co.uk to request an application form, download an application form by clicking this link or pick one up from the Mercury office.

When you have completed the form, send it to Go Kids Go!, The Weston, Worle & Somerset Mercury, 32 Waterloo Street, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1LW, email it to newsdesk@westonmercury.co.uk or hand it in at our office by 9am on July 20.

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