Friends rally round

Project boost&Deputy Leader of St Helens Council and Cabinet Member for Culture, Communications and Town Centre Councillor Barrie Grunewald (left) hands over the cheque to the Friends of St Helens Cemetery and Crematorium. Also pictured are (left to right) Sonia Neighbour, St Helens Council's Bereavement Manager, Friends Treasurer Ted Forsythe and committee member Margaret Crosbie
Project boost&Deputy Leader of St Helens Council and Cabinet Member for Culture, Communications and Town Centre Councillor Barrie Grunewald (left) hands over the cheque to the Friends of St Helens Cemetery and Crematorium. Also pictured are (left to right) Sonia Neighbour, St Helens Council's Bereavement Manager, Friends Treasurer Ted Forsythe and committee member Margaret Crosbie

A UNIQUE project aimed at improving the wellbeing of St Helens folk has won a cash boost.

The Friends of St Helens Cemetery and Crematorium was awarded £9,375 from the National Lottery’s Awards for All scheme.

Now the group plans to use the funding to pay for a 11-month activity programme, including guided educational talks, a Christmas wreath making workshop and community horticultural activities.

There are also plans underway to hold family tree workshops and natural history photography courses.

Group treasurer Ted Forsythe said: “Everyone is delighted that we’ve been able to secure the award. It means we’ll be able to bring all our plans to fruition – benefiting many local people.”

Councillor Alison Bacon, cabinet member for Environmental Protection, said:

“The Friends of St Helens Cemetery have put together an imaginative, creative activity programme that really deserves this support.”

Virginia Griffin, a member of the group, added: “We will also be working in partnership with Cowley International College on an inter-generational project. “Students studying GCSE woodwork will help our group to repair and make good the numerous wooden benches donated to the cemetery over the years.”

Awards for All England is a simple, small grants scheme that makes awards of between £300 and £10,000 and aims to help improve local communities and the lives of people most in need.

Above: Project boost…Deputy Leader of St Helens Council and Cabinet Member for Culture, Communications and Town Centre Councillor Barrie Grunewald (left) hands over the cheque to the Friends of St Helens Cemetery and Crematorium. Also pictured are (left to right) Sonia Neighbour, St Helens Council’s Bereavement Manager, Friends Treasurer Ted Forsythe and committee member Margaret Crosbie