£50,000 Comic Relief giveaway: How to apply

Magician Dan Churchley from Southsea, will attempt to escape from a straitjacket whilst suspended 100 metres above sea level, upside down, beneath the Emirates Spinnaker Tower's glass floor Sky Walk. As well as captivating tower visitors, the stunt will also aim to raise money for CLIC Sargent, UKs leading cancer charity for children and young people.

Picture: Sarah Standing (170410-4684) PPP-170323-105259001

Daring Portsmouth magician to escape straitjacket while hanging under Spinnaker Tower

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It’s easy to apply for a slice of the £50,000 Comic Relief pot being distributed through The News to community groups in the Portsmouth area.

Groups eligible to apply need to:

Be working in a disadvantaged or deprived

area within the specified boundaries

Be small local groups with an income of less that

£100,000 (in the last year) run by local people

Examples of the type of activities that can apply for funds:

Parent and toddler groups

Dads and lads groups

Equipment and material

Community festivals

Cross-generational work

Befriending for older isolated people

Lunch clubs

Running costs for self-help groups Committee and volunteer/staff training

Improving facilities

Grants will not be awarded to:


To statutory organisations, including PCTs and schools

Groups who are not constituted

Grants will not be awarded for the following purposes:

To fund trips abroad

To fund buses, minibuses or other community transport schemes (not including transport costs forming part of a project)

To fund building costs, including access adaptations to buildings

To register your interest email newsdesk@thenews.co.uk and put ‘Comic Relief’ as the subject. We will get back to you with further details.

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