Don’t miss the chance to claim a slice of this cash

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NEWS COMMENT: A move in the right direction but still not a win for all

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It seems almost too good to be true that we have £50,000 to give away as part of Comic Relief’s 25th birthday celebrations.

But there is no catch – there really are thousands of pounds available and we want to hear from you about which groups or organisations deserve a slice.

It’s a time to use a bit of ingenuity, for two reasons.

Firstly, as detailed on page 3, grants are available of between £500 and £1,000, and could be used to start a new project or introduce new features to an existing one.

So if you are already part of a group, try to think of a way that the cash could make a direct improvement to your area and get in touch as soon as you can.

Think laterally about different directions you could take or features you could offer.

Secondly, in a more general sense, Comic Relief is a great opportunity to let your hair down and have some fun.

Take inspiration from the example of Phil Bridgwater in today’s paper. Not content with just carrying out a leg wax, as has been done many times before, Phil is taking on Olympic swimmer Katy Sexton in a 100m race in the pool – but she will be slowed by having to balance a cup and saucer on her head during the contest.

That’s got to be worth seeing, and is the kind of occasion that will bring the cash rolling in –which is just what everybody wants.

So please, get involved. The £50,000 is destined to do good in this area and between 50 and 100 groups will benefit.

Spread the word and, if you’re in a position to apply, then get together with your friends and colleagues and talk over some ideas.

Keep an eye on The News for suggestions as to what the cash could be used for, and once you have applied, make sure you get in touch with our reporter Elise Brewerton as we will be featuring some of the submissions as the March 15 deadline approaches.

This is a terrific scheme with the potential to reach a lot of people across our area. Let’s all make the most of it and make sure that we grab the opportunity with both hands.