Project wins grant vote

A COMMUNITY handyman and gardening scheme has scooped the jackpot after a TV funding appeal.

Castle Morpeth Disability Association has won a £52,552 grant from the Big Lottery Fund to run the project for vulnerable residents of the area and those on low incomes.

To secure the cash, the Morpeth project had to battle for viewers votes in an appeal on ITV Tyne Tees evening news.

And after the broadcast on Tuesday, the team behind the bid were told yesterday evening that they had been successful.

The project will provide the handyman and gardening service for people at risk of social exclusion due to age, disability or income, and volunteers will work alongside paid workers to learn new skills that could help them into future employment.

The scheme has been supported through the Jubilee People’s Millions competition, run in partnership with ITV and with the approval of Buckingham Palace.