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Six more good causes supported by Funeral Directors’ Community Assistance Programme

A Funeral Directors proud of their role at the heart of the community are delighted to have supported six more good causes with their funding initiative.

The John Gray & Co Community Assistance Programme invites projects based within one mile of their funeral homes in Bangor, Holywood and Newtownards to apply for small grants to continue their outstanding work. 

Following the latest window of applications, the Northern Ireland Cross Community Angling Club, based in Newtownards, was awarded £250, while Inspiring Yarns CIC, Little Doves Childcare Centre, the Link Family and Community Centre, Holywood Men’s Shed and Bangor Sea Cadets were supported with £300 apiece.

Barbara Wilson, Funeral Manager NI, said her team are passionate about supporting local causes because of their deep-rooted connection to the area.

“Not only are we working in the community and serving families in the area but a lot of us at the firm live locally as well,” she said.

“It is lovely to contribute a little bit in the community we live in.

“When we see the good work that these groups are doing within our own areas in which we both work and live, it is just nice to do something to support and help them in any way we can.

“Life is hard, and it has become a lot harder as of late with the cost of living.

“People are struggling with things and charities especially which rely on funding and support from local communities and local people.

“It is maybe a small amount in some cases, but for some charities it can be the difference of being able to provide something to their users or not.”

In total, the fund has now provided support for 11 different local causes with the third cycle of the fund set to open in April.

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