Chairman of Lincolnshire County Council
The Chairman of the county council, Cllr Ray Wootten has donated £1900 towards good causes from the Cllr Big Society Fund. From police cadets to a table tennis club, and from scouts to pensioners - a wide range of groups and ages have benefited.
Through the fund each county councillor has £2,000 to donate towards good causes, either as several small grants, or as a few large grants.
Among those to receive funds are Grantham Volunteer Police Cadets - as a former police officer it’s a cause close to Cllr Wootten’s heart. He donated £300 to the cadets to enable them to purchase boots and two way walkie talkies.
Cllr Wootten explained, “The cadets aren’t supplied with boots, but they are an important part of their uniform, and add to their sense of self esteem. They attend several civic events and charity events throughout the year and it’s important they are smart and dressed appropriately.
“Some of the cadets are from less well-off backgrounds and the experience they gain is a great boost towards gaining employment.”
Cllr Wootten also donated £300 to Grantham 47F Squadron ATC towards their purchase of a minibus. The vehicle will enable the air cadets to attend training exercises and camping trips, as well as getting to RAF Cranwell for regular activities.
Other groups to benefit from Cllr Wootten’s awards from the Big Society Fund are:
- £300 to Gaps Table Tennis Academy to purchase equipment
- £100 to Grantham Autistic Network for a ten-pin bowling session
- £250 to Manners Street Centre to support a community pensioner group and their Christmas dinner
- £200 to Gonerby Hill Foot School fund, to enable Gonerby Hill primary school to purchase seating in the children’s play area
- £100 towards a stained glass window at Grantham Railway Station celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Mallard breaking the world train speed record
- £250 to Grantham and Districts Scouts Association to purchase badges to reward achievements
- £100 to the Lincolnshire branch of Care of Police Survivors to support those left behind when police officers are killed in the line of duty.