Charities are given a financial boost thanks to city scheme

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FIVE charities and organisations have benefited from more than £4,800 of donations from the Alliance to Reward Initiatives and Social Enterprise (Arise).

Connors Toy Libraries, a charity which provides group play sessions and toys for more than 1,500 families in the Portsmouth area, was awarded £1,000.

Jacqui Ingram is the administrator at Connors Toy Libraries.

She said: ‘Portsmouth’s amazing community spirit has ensured that we can provide our services to vulnerable families in the city for over 40 years, and this new funding from Arise will guarantee that we can continue to do so for another year.

Further donations were also made to South Central Ambulance Service, and Life ‘n’ Chimes, which will put money towards its care programme for people suffering from dementia. They were each given a donation of £1,000.

Lily and Lime was awarded £500 towards the promotion of its new employability services for young people with learning disabilities, whilst additional donations were made to Scarlett Rose School of Dance (£800) and Solent Storm Cheerleading (£500).

Gunwharf Quays is a key benefactor of the Arise scheme.

General manager Colin Wilding said: ‘So many of the city’s residents dedicate their time and energy to supporting others and it’s our pleasure to be able to support them with our latest tranche of Arise funding.’