Companies’ cash boost

TWO community projects have been given a cash boost courtesy of Rio Tinto Alcan.

The company, which operated the axed Lynemouth aluminium smelter and owns the neighbouring power station, has made a £5,000 donation to Stead Lane Primary School in Bedlington through its Legacy Fund.

The money will be used to kit out a new state-of-the-art information technology and communication suite, which could be developed into a hub for teaching skills to the community.

Rio Tinto Alcan Regional Economic Development Director John McCabe said: “The ICT project will potentially bring different generations together and get them to work together to deliver a community asset. It’s an ambitious project that stands to benefit a lot of people, as well as the students themselves, which is why we wanted to give our support to it through the Legacy Fund.”

The company has also provided £800 for the Northern Butterflies Group to provide ceramic and glass workshops for members with a learning or physical disability.

Artistic Director Samantha Goodlet said: “We’d like to thank Rio Tinto Alcan for its support with this donation. Finding funding for activities can be difficult, especially in today’s tough economic climate so support such as this is really vital for us and helps us to continue our work with individuals and communities throughout Northumberland.”

For further information about Rio Tinto Alcan’s fund at the Community Foundation visit For details of its Legacy Fund, visit