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Severn Trent award a £4,500 community fund to three local community projects following arrival of new wind turbine

Wed 5 Aug 2015

To coincide with the arrival of their new wind turbine to Curborough Sewage Treatment Works, Lichfield, Severn Trent has awarded a £4,500 community fund to three local community projects. The 500kW capacity turbine stands 50m tall to its hub or 74m to the tip of its blades and will contribute to Severn Trent’s target of providing 50% of its energy needs from renewables by 2020.

Groups applied for funding via Support Staffordshire whilst Rocklands School, Lichfield, already benefitted from £500 towards IT equipment after running a competition to name the turbine. Lichfield Re:Cycle, a volunteer run project which provides bicycles to those who otherwise might not be able to afford them, received funding towards parts, repairs and cycling equipment to last them for at least two years. The project aims to give “the right bike to the right person”, from children looking for a bike to play on during the holidays to road bikes which can help those with a long walk or expensive journey to work and bikes for those with back problems! You can find out more about the project (including how to donate an unused bicycle) at http://lichfieldrecycle.org.uk.

Woodhouse Farm and Garden is a community project based around the farm, its heritage and providing local food. Severn Trent have provided a contribution towards Project Pigsty, which is the name for the roof repairs which the project needs to make their classroom space usable by more people. Much of the work has been done or offered by volunteers but funds are needed to replace an old asbestos roof. The building can then be used to provide therapeutic activities, education sessions around food, conservation and sustainability and to help those who could not normally access the health and wellbeing benefits of the countryside to do so. If you want to know more you can visit www.thewalledgardenatwoodhousefarm.co.uk.

Funding has also been provided to South Staffordshire Cruse Bereavement Care in order to train 10 Bereavement Support Volunteers. These volunteers provide free support to both adults and children in the area, as well as guiding them towards other means of support such as friendship groups, other relevant organisations and social activities. Research has shown that this type of aid leads to bereaved individuals needing fewer GP appointments, working through their grief without medication or turning to drugs and alcohol and suffering fewer unresolved issues later in life. Their website is www.cruse.org.uk if you would like to learn about what they do.

Severn Trent would like to thank everybody who took the time to apply and wish these organisations all the best in their valuable work.