Thousands for struggling causes

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A CHARITABLE organisation donated more than £100,000 to help disadvantaged people in Hartlepool and east Durham last year.

The Lloyds TSB Foundation awarded £133,300 to good causes in the town in 2011.

The foundation’s generosity also spread to east Durham, where Shotton IT Centre was awarded £20,000 to help with salary costs.

The funding was part of an impressive £1.5m that was handed to 53 charities in the region.

The announcement coincides with the release of the foundation’s 2011 annual report, detailing an investment of £23.9m in supporting disadvantaged people to play a fuller role in society throughout England and Wales.

The foundation is one of only a few grant-makers that provide support towards much-needed core costs, such as salaries and rent, for small and medium charities and has announced that funding is available for charities in the Teesside area for 2012.

Charities wishing to see if they are eligible for funding should visit and complete the short online eligibility questionnaire.