Community groups around the Lancaster district have benefited from funding awarded by United Utilities.
United Utilities made grant awards totalling £3,445 as part of an £18m sewer improvement project currently under way in Lancaster city centre.
The scheme – aimed at cleaning the River Lune and improving Morecambe’s bathing waters – has led to major disruption around the city’s one-way system and is expected to continue for several more weeks.
Dawn Harrington, United Utilities project manager, said: “We’re committed to working with the community of Lancaster.
“We know that all the work taking place to improve the sewer network, particularly in the highways, can be a real pain and we want to put something back into the area to say thank you for people’s patience and understanding.”
Lancaster Tennis Club received £595, which will be used to buy new equipment.
“United Utilities supports clubs that improve and develop young people in fitness and social skills,” Dawn said.
“Lancaster Tennis Club is local to the project and their request for equipment at a cost of £595 is one way in which we can help the local children.
“We hope they have great enjoyment playing tennis.”
The Gregson Community Association Ltd was awarded £1,000, which will go towards planting new trees in the area.
“This project is ideal for United Utilities to support because it is one of the wards we are working in,” said Dawn.
“The project will provide an area for local residents and children to play and walk around in a safe and colourful environment.
“We are proud to sponsor the 18 trees that are due to be installed for £1,000.”
Bolton-le-Sands community playground was awarded £500 towards four picnic tables.
“United Utilities are delighted to support the village playground,” Dawn said.
“This has been funded by the United Utilities project in Carnforth.”
Lancs-i-pumps received £450 towards its work in the community.
“Diabetes can be a very stressful illness that can affect families especially if small children are affected,” said Dawn.
“This charity is trying to educate and support people and carers who use insulin pumps.
“United Utilities feel this is a local charity that may not get funding from the NHS due to the economic climate and money constraints from the government.
“We hope the £450 will help at least eight people in Lancaster.”
LESS (Lancaster District) was given £300, which will assist with a new laptop to aid the group’s visits to residents.
“United Utilities is delighted to support LESS group, that helps residents struggling with keeping warm,” said Dawn.
“LESS can visit people to provide guidance on how they can be more sustainable and reduce the fuel bills, too helping how people can grow their own food.”
East Lancashire Deaf Society Lancaster was awarded £250.
“United Utilities are happy to support East Lancashire Deaf Society with £250 to provide support and guidance to deaf residents in trying to find jobs and advise on day to day issues they encounter,” Dawn said.
The Birchall Trust received £350 towards its work supporting children and young people who have experienced rape and sexual abuse.
“United Utilities are delighted to support the Birchall Trust,” said Dawn.
“The £350 will enable the trust to purchase soft furnishings, toys and equipment for their rooms for therapy sessions.
“We hope this money will help the children and young people feel safe and secure whilst talking and recovering from their ordeal.”