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No bog-standard facilities for Downham Girlguides' after funding support




A scout group will be able to boost its facilities after it scooped a share of an £85,000 fund thanks to a community fund initiative.

Downham Girlguides’ scout hut facilities will be refurbished with brand new bathrooms after a total of £5,000 was secured by Calor’s Rural Community Fund initiative.

The Girlguides were one of 22 winners who have benefitted from the donation which they will be using to help completely revamp the facilities at their scout hut.

The Downham Market Girlguides will be able to refurbish their bathroom facilities thanks to a £5,000 grant from Calor Rural Community Fund. Picture: SUBMITTED
The Downham Market Girlguides will be able to refurbish their bathroom facilities thanks to a £5,000 grant from Calor Rural Community Fund. Picture: SUBMITTED

Emma Smith, Downham Market Girlguiding leader, said: “We are so overwhelmed to have been awarded a grant and want to thank the Calor Rural Community Fund for its much-needed support.

"The new toilet facilities are going to allow us to use our hut more effectively and provide parents with the knowledge that their children have hygienic facilities when they need them.

“Now, we can finally give our young people and volunteers the amenities they deserve. This is really going to benefit the next generation in our area."

Since its creation back in 2017, Calor has helped raise £455,000 for countryside causes throughs grants and crowdfunding platforms.

Andy Parker, head of strategy and corporate affairs at Calor, said: “We’ve been absolutely blown away by the response we’ve had this year.

"Over 600 community initiatives entered and the standards were incredibly high with some fantastic causes coming through. It’s great to see how passionate these rural communities are and how each of their projects will make such a difference for all those living in the local area.

“Downham Market’s Girlguides are a great group and we very much look forward to seeing the renovation of their scout hut come to life.”

Each entry was judged by four impartial judges who had the difficult task of choosing this year’s winners.

They based their decision on the potential impact the project had on the local community, its sustainability once launched, the originality of the project and the projects submission itself.

There were three levels of funding available; 11 £5,000 grants, six £2,500 grants and five £1,000 grants.

The 20 finalists who didn’t receive one of the main grants were also awarded £500 to put towards their project initiative.



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