Young people's canoe club benefits from Community Fund

Whoosh is one of 150 local groups who applied for a slice of the Community Investment Fund for 2011.All applications were carefully considered and more than 40 groups will receive a share of the Fund, with grants ranging from £500 to £2,500.

The canoeing club offers canoeing and kayaking activities along the River Stort for young people, and the two new canoes will be used for Duke of Edinburgh expeditions.

"We have purchased two canoes with the award and they have already been used on the River Stort. The canoes are also suitable to use at the Lee Valley White Water Centre in Hertford - which will be used as a venue for Olympic events - and we hope that young people from the Uttlesford and East Herts areas will get in touch to try their hand at canoeing," explained Whoosh Chairman Peter Nash.

Veolia Water Central Managing Director, Richard Bienfait, said: "Veolia Water is delighted to support local groups through our Community Investment Fund. We increased the fund from £30,000 in 2010 to £50,000 this year as we had so many worthy applications.

"Veolia Water cares for its local community and we hope the Fund will make a difference to the groups that have been selected this year," he added.

A committee of Veolia Water staff - many of whom live locally - allocated the money and will be visiting some of the successful projects to see for themselves how the money will benefit the organisations.

Several other Uttlesford organisations have also benefitted from the Veolia Water community fund. Woodwind of Dunmow received £700; the Volunteer Centre in Uttlesford received £1,000 for new computers; Crossroads Care Uttlesford got £2,200 to provide an after care service; £2,350 went to the Pre-School Learning Alliance in Stansted Mountfitchet and the Saffron Walden branch of the National Childbirth Trust received £649.52 for new toddler equipment.

Further information about the beneficiaries of the 2011 Community Investment Fund can be found www.veoliawater.co.uk/communityfund.

Photo caption:

Whoosh Explore members try out the new canoes on the River Stort.

Notes to Editors:

For further information please contact Becky Martin or Sue Pavey on: Tel. 01707 277110, email: news@veoliawater.co.uk, website:www.veoliawater.co.uk/news

For more information on Whoosh: www.whooshexplore.co.uk

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