Thursday, 23 February 2017

Two Hexham community groups awarded funding from the Aviva Community Fund

It’s wonderful news that two groups in Hexham have been awarded funding from the Aviva Community Fund. Jessica’s Sarcoma Awareness and Broomhaugh Church of England First School PTA have been successful in securing funding, which will make a huge difference to the lives of many in Hexham.
Jessica’s Sarcoma Awareness provides a beautiful respite lodge to be used free of charge by North East children and their families who are fighting cancer. It was set up by the amazing Jessica Robson, who at just 14 raised over £28,000 to provide gifts for children in hospital at Christmas, Easter and Birthdays. The amazing efforts which Jessica went to in order to make life better for so many children really are inspirational and I am thrilled that the Aviva Community Fund has chosen to support her charity so that her legacy can live on.

Broomhaugh Church of England First School PTA is going to use the funding to create a sensory garden around their newly built bird-watching shelter and provide the children with new birdfeeders and binoculars. This will provide a dedicated place for the children to go when they need to take some time out, sit quietly and mindfully or just to observe nature. It is wonderful to hear of schools going the extra mile for their pupils, this will benefit the entire community.

I am immensely proud of the work which these organisations are doing to improve the lives of children in Northumberland and I am very grateful to Aviva Community Fund for supporting them.