Volunteers win £2k for groups

BT has rewarded four community groups in North Tyneside with awards totalling £2,200 in recognition of the vital benefits they bring to local people.

The grants have been awarded through the company’s employee recognition scheme, the BT People Awards.

The scheme recognises and rewards BT’s volunteering heroes, who offer their time and skills to help people in their local communities, by providing grants to organisations in which they are involved.

St Peter’s Church in Wallsend beat off national competition to achieve second place and £700 in the Arts and Heritage category.

Rector, Father David Sudron, said: “This money is a welcome boost to our fundraising efforts to install a beautiful stained glass window in the church, replacing one which was destroyed many years ago.

“We are now £700 closer to hitting our £27,000 target which will enable us to make this valuable addition to the church which will be enjoyed by both the congregation and wider local community.

“Volunteering is a special thing someone can do and we are eternally grateful for those people who give many hours to keep our church opening and functioning for the community.”

North Shields School of Boxing, Riverside Netball Club in North Shields and Cullercoats Football Club were all recognised in the BT Sport People Award category, and each won a £500 sports voucher.