Red Nose cash bonanza for Belfast groups
Amost 60 grassroots organisations across the greater Belfast area have enjoyed a share-out of a massive Comic Relief Red Nose Day Community Cash fund.
From amateur boxing clubs to arts and crafts groups, sea cadets to scouts, a diverse selection of cross-community organisations have been awarded grants of £500 to £1,000.
Up to £55,000 was set aside for community groups in Belfast who strive to improve the lives of people living locally.
In the run-up to this year's Red Nose Day on March 18, organisations were encouraged to apply to the Community Foundation in Belfast for a grant.
A panel of experts then got together to select the lucky recipients, with 59 groups benefiting from the fund.
Among the groups awarded a cash grant were the Knights Wheelchair Basketball Club, who train weekly at Antrim Forum and the Girls Model School in Belfast.
Jim Agnew, junior co-ordinator of the Knights, said: "We are delighted to have been awarded a Red Nose Day Community Cash grant.
"Sometimes it can be difficult for young disabled athletes to get court time, so this money will help facilitate coaching sessions."
Sue Wicks, UK grants manager, Comic Relief, said the charity was "impressed" with the work being done at grassroots level.
"We at Comic Relief have been so impressed by the fantastic work the successful applicants are doing and the breadth of community activity that is taking place across greater Belfast," she said.
The successful organisations
119th Joanmount Rainbows,
1st Jordanstown Scouts,
All Stars Special Olympics Club,
Artillery Young Mothers Group,
Belfast Butterfly Club,
Cairn Lodge Amateur Boxing Club,
Carnmoney Football Development Centre,
Cregagh Wanderers Youth Football Club,
Crusaders Strikers Women's Football Club,
Deanby Youth Centre,
Divis Community Centre,
Dolphin Womens Group,
Donegal Celtic Football Club,
Dungoyne Boys Football Club,
East Antrim Harriers AC,
Eglinton Senior Citizens' Group,
Empire Residents Association,
Glengormley Amateur Boxing Club,
Greater Andersonstown Safer Neighbourhood Project,
Helping Hands Autism Support Group,
Jennymount Community Association,
Kids Together West Belfast,
Knockmore Community Association,
Lagmore Meadows Residents Association,
Laochra Loch Lao CLG,
Ligoniel Amateur Boxing Club,
Links Women's Group,
Lisburn Sea Cadets,
Merville Ju-Jitsu Club,
New Mossley Presbyterian Youth Club,
Newington Football Club,
Sandy Row Residents Association,
Sarah Crothers Senior Citizens Centre,
Shankill Junior Football Club,
Shankill United Football Club,
Sirocco Youth Football Club,
Small Steps Adult Education Group,
Sporting Cromac Football Club (under 11's),
St Agnes Amateur Boxing Club,
St John Bosco Amateur Boxing Club,
St Lukes Football Club,
St Patricks Football Club,
St Patricks Girls FC,
St Patricks Young Men Football Club,
St Peters Immaculata Youth Centre,
Star Neighbourhood Senior Citizens Group,
The Immaculata Football Club,
The Junction Club,
Upper Ardoyne Juniors Football Club,
WellSprings of Life,
West Belfast Football Team,
Women's Arts & Crafts Group,
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Crusaders Youth Football Club,
Highfield Mother and Toddlers,
Knights Wheelchair Basketball Club,
Eastside Amateur Boxing Club.