Businesses award money to worthy group and causes

PLEASED Volunteers from The Drayton and Farlington Action Group celebrate the arrival of their new equipment
PLEASED Volunteers from The Drayton and Farlington Action Group celebrate the arrival of their new equipment
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BUSINESSES which are working together to give money to good causes have allocated another £3,000 to community schemes.

The Arise project is a community bursary scheme, backed by Gunwharf Quays’ owner Land Securities, Wightlink and Vail Williams.

It stands for the Alliance to Reward Initiatives and Social Enterprise, and has given the Drayton and Farlington Action Group the maximum reward of £1,000 to improve facilities for those in need.

Founded in 2002, the action group works to improve community facilities, particularly for elderly residents.

Pauline Lodder, volunteer fundraiser at The Drayton and Farlington Action Group, said: ‘We’re delighted to be recognised by the Arise scheme as we are an entirely voluntary organisation run by local members of the community.

‘We are completely reliant on the generosity of grants such as Arise and our own fundraising efforts to maintain the important work we do for the people of Drayton and Farlington.’

Other organisations to receive funding include Portsmouth City Basketball Club, which received £750; Aspex Gallery, with £500; Pembroke Gardens Bowling Club with £200; The Message Magazine Group, with £200; and £500 for the 23rd Portsmouth Scout Group.

Gunwharf Quays’ centre manager Séan Sweeney, who chairs the Arise board, said: ‘Since the Arise initiative launched last autumn, we have been able to provide much-needed financial support to 10 community based projects in Portsmouth.

‘It’s great to see so many deserving causes receiving the funds they need and we welcome further charities, groups and organisations to apply for funding.’

The Arise committee also includes Nickii Humphreys, licensing manager at Portsmouth City Council; Cath Longhurst, chief executive of the Portsmouth and South East Hampshire Education Business Partnership; and Paula Riches, former Lord Mayor of Portsmouth.

To apply for Arise funding of up to £1,000, or for more information, see