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£25,000 cash boost for Beverley youth group

Beverley councillor Denis Healy has helped secure £25,000 in funding for the St Mary’s Church Lads’ and Girls’ Brigade; money that will go towards the refurbishment of the company’s George Street headquarters. The money has come from East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s “Commuted Sums” fund – money that is paid by property developers for each house built. It is then allocated for leisure and recreational activities that will benefit the community.

A year ago Councillor Healy highlighted that reserves of money were available and encouraged local organisations to apply for grants. “The Brigade has been in existence since 1909 and over the generations has provided life-affirming opportunities for children and young people from Beverley families,” he said on his website’s action file. “It’s to the credit of the Church Lads’ and Church Girls’ Brigade that they have done this, and I wish them and all the young people they serve, well in the future,” he said.

He continued: “Most importantly the Brigade offers these children and young people the opportunity to believe in themselves, and equip them for the challenges that lie ahead. I can think of few more deserving local causes than this for Commuted Sums money, which the Brigade intend to put towards a major refurbishment of their now very old George Street building. This will include creating new, safer access, new flooring, new toilets, new kitchen and a complete rewiring of the electrics.”