COMMUNITY groups in Huddersfield got a cash injection of £30,000 yesterday.
Forty two groups got a windfall thanks to the Examiner and the Community Foundation for Calderdale.
Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman and Deputy Mayoress Clr Julie Stewart-Turner attended the cash-giveaway event and met many of the winners at the Galpharm Stadium last night.
Mr Sheerman praised the community spirit in the town and said the groups were a lifeline for many people and called for more people to get involved.
He said: "The community only comes to life by people actually going out there and doing things.
"All these people from the young to the elderly are doing things for the good of this community – from drama groups to bands and choral groups, it’s fantastic and we need a lot more of them."
Chris Charlesworth, chairperson of the Huddersfield Riding for the Disabled thanked the organisers for their £900 donation which will go towards new specialist equipment.
She said: "The volunteers who help the Riding for the Disabled do it just to see the enjoyment they bring to the lives of our riders.
"Just to see a smile, a laugh or a chuckle is enough and makes all the hard work worthwhile."
Ryan Thornton, of Bradley, is from the Huddersfield Sharks Underwater Hockey Club.
He said their £900 would be spent on equipment for the members and added: "It’s a great, fun sport and this money will go a long way and we are thankful to everybody involved."
The Examiner’s Head of Content Andrew Hirst said that more than 200 groups applied for the cash giveaway.
Of those, 42 were successful in getting varying amounts of money up to £900.
He said: "This money is going to make a big difference for these community groups."
And all of the money will be used to benefit local people.
From a spectator shelter for the Lowerhouses Community Bowling Club to a second hand sports wheelchair for the Cardinals Wheelchair Sports and Social Club, more and more people will benefit thanks to the cash giveaway.
Elaine Barden from the Huddersfield & Halifax Motor Neuron Disease Association Fund Raising Group, said: "The money will be spent on our volunteers who go out to visit people with the disease and on their carers who provide that vital support in their homes."
Steph Roznowski, from the Almondbury Disabled Group said: "It is so hard to fundraise for every penny so to get this windfall has been brilliant."
In January, the Huddersfield Daily Examiner was approached by the Community Foundation for Calderdale to run the very special promotion.
The Foundation is an independent charity which aims to improve the quality of life for local people.
Faced with a possible under-spend in Kirklees, the Foundation needed to giveaway £30,000 to local causes or face losing the funds.
And thankfully many of you applied to keep the money in Kirklees.
An independent panel had the unenviable task of choosing the winners and last night they were presented with their cheques.
Grants are given to support causes as varied as social clubs for elderly people, community recycling schemes, children’s after-school clubs, community bands, sports clubs, refugee centres, and individuals in crisis.
Chair of the Grants Committee, Leigh-Anne Stradeski, said: "I am sure that all this money is going to go a long way to help you all and your groups."
It is hoped that next year Kirklees will have its own Community Foundation which will raise money for even more local groups which assist and promote the community.
To see video highlights of last night’s £30,000 giveaway visit www.examiner.co.uk .
And the winners are...
7th St Cuthberts Brownies, to repair vandalism, £900.00
Almondbury Disabled Group 97, to buy a karaoke machine, £400.00
Almondbury Parent and Toddler Group, for toys, £400
Almondbury South Tenants & Residents Association, to fund an older people’s club £700
Berry Brow Carnival Committee, to buy new equipment, £500
Cardinals Wheelchair Sports and Social Club, for a second hand sports wheelchair, £700
Darby and Joan Afternoon Club, for trips, £900.
Colne Valley Museum, to purchase two electric cookers, £900
Dalton Good Companions Over 50s Club, to pay for trips, £900
Daw Green Ladies Netball Team, to buy a new kit for the players, £900
Emley Millennium Green Trust, for tree planting, £600
Flockton Youth Group, to buy shirts for 40 children, £900.
Girl Guiding UK Dartmouth Division, to celebrating Girl Guiding’s 100th year, £900
Holmfirth Cricket Club Junior Section, to buy cricket shirts and caps, £900.
Honley Players ADS, to upgrade the building, £900.
Huddersfield & District Cyclists Touring Club, to buy a laptop to help produce a magazine, £400.
Huddersfield & District Pensioners Organisation, to campaign for and support older people, £500
Huddersfield & Halifax Motor Neuron Disease Association Fund Raising Group, to support people with the condition, £600.
Huddersfield Astronomical and Philosophical Society, to be spent on equipment for children, £900
Huddersfield Choral Society Junior Choirs, for workshops, £500.
Huddersfield Crusaders Majorettes, for new uniforms, £500.
Huddersfield Heartline Support Group, to help the social group, £900.
Huddersfield Junior Crown Green Bowls Association, for new bowls equipment, £500.
Huddersfield Riding for Disabled Association, for specialist equipment, £900
Huddersfield Sharks Underwater Hockey Club, for equipment, £500
Huddersfield St Josephs Sharks, for a girls rugby team, £900
Huddersfield Town Ladies FC, for under 12s girls team, £650
Joseph Salmon Trust, to expand operation which helps bereaved families, £500
Kilner Bank Improvement Group, to replace fences destroyed by vandals, £750
Kirklees and District ASA, for the gala, £450.
Kirklees Countryside Volunteers, to produce guided walks, £500.
Lepton Luncheon Club, to hire their base, £250.
Longwood Harriers Athletic Club, to hire facilities £500.
Lowerhouses Community Bowling Club, for a shelter £350.
Meltham and Meltham Mills Band for new music, £280.
Milnsbridge Pre School, for IT development, £900.
Mirfield and District Over 50's Group, for running costs, £500.
Newsome Ward Community Forum, for community activities, £900.
Scholes AFC, for a line marking machine, £650.
Silver Stars Majorettes, for new equipment, £550.
Skelmanthorpe Central Bowling Club, for new ladies loo, £900.
Slaithwaite CE J& I School PTA, for IT equipment, £750.
Slaithwaite Stage Company, lighting equipment, £400.
Springwood Tenants & Residents Association, for communal garden £450.
St Mark's Pathfinders, for trips, £400.
Street Angels Huddersfield, to help the volunteers, £900.