Community groups can apply for cash from age-old trust

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AN age-old trust is to be represented at a talk this week and cash-seeking community groups should go along.

David Granath, director of The Hospital of God at Greatham, in Hartlepool, is to attend the Hartlepool Community Forum meeting on Thursday.

The event – which has been organised by the Hartlepool Voluntary Development Association (HVDA) based in Victoria Road –will be held at the Belle Vue Community Centre, in Kendal Road.

The meeting starts at 10am and will see Mr Granath speak about the work that the Hospital of God does for the community in assisting groups and organisations with cash to carry out their vital work.

HVDA’s Peter Gowland said in the financial year of 2010 to 2011 the Hospital of God Trust gave away a massive £88,000 to good causes.

So he advised any organisation that needs a financial hand to attend the meeting and apply for any available funding.

Peter said: “The Hospital of God is one of the oldest trusts in the country.

“It was founded by a Bishop Stitchell in 1273 as an alms house and a charity.

“Still to this day, the trust aims to support charities working in the lower profile areas, helping people on the edge of society.

“Mr Granath will be coming along and speaking for about 15 to 20 minutes, before there will be a question and answer session with him.

“So if you’d like to find out whether the trust would support a particular group then it’d really be worth you coming along.

“It’s a straight forward application process, you just basically need to right a letter.”

The meeting is free and people do not need to book a place they can simply turn up.

There will be tea and coffee served throughout the event which should be no more than an hour long.

Anyone who would like any further information should contact Peter on (01429) 262641.