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Electricity company charges up funds

National Grid has supported Churnet Sound Community Radio in Biddulph with a donation of £500 from its Community Matters Fund.

As part of its commitment to support vulnerable customers in the communities it serves, the electricity distributor asked local MPs and teams based at its local depots to nominate charities and worthy causes to receive donations over the winter period.

The Christmas fund of £500,000 is part of a package of measures being rolled out by National Grid’s distribution business to support grassroots community groups. It follows a “record” £2.5m package of fuel poverty grants already awarded by the distributor to charities and community groups to help tackle fuel poverty this winter. In all, around £3m will be allocated across its regions to tackle the most pressing issues affecting communities during the colder months, including fuel poverty, loneliness and isolation and support for vulnerable people.

Churnet Sound Community Radio was nominated by MP Karen Bradley and will use the funds to support the expansion of its service and to help make more people aware of its existence.

Mrs Bradley said: “I am delighted that some of the organisations that attended my community volunteers celebration event have received funding from the National Grid’s Christmas campaign. Very well done indeed and congratulations, once again, to all the volunteers involved.”

Joe Pointon, director of Churnet Sound, added: “This donation will support us in our expansion to help us grow as an organisation to support more people across the region. Thank you!”

National Grid operates the electricity transmission network in England and Wales and is the distribution network operator for the Midlands, South West England and South Wales.
National Grid is not an electricity supply company and does not bill customers in the UK.
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