Councillor Initiative Fund helps bring Christmas magic to local children

Date published: 21 January 2020
The 'Christmas community event' funded by the Councillor Initiative Fund

A festive community event brought Christmas joy to 200 Gainsborough children last month, thanks to funding from West Lindsey District Councillors and other local organisations.

The ‘Christmas in the Community’ event, hosted by Affordable Foods Gainsborough, saw contributions from several organisations, including £500 from West Lindsey District Council’s Councillor Initiative Fund, granted by Cllrs Tim Davies, Matt Boles and Mick Devine.

Vulnerable families visited the shop to meet Santa and receive a present, offering a positive Christmas experience to those who may find the festive period more difficult.

Unite the Union and The Salvation Army also contributed funds to the event, which was described as “incredible” by organisers.

Lead organiser Caz Davies from Affordable Foods Gainsborough said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who contributed, and to all of our staff and volunteers for pulling off such an incredible event. The atmosphere was incredible.”

Cllr Mick Devine said: “Affordable Foods is a wonderful organisation in Gainsborough that is working hard for our local community. I was honoured to be able to use the fund to contribute towards making this event happen. This event made a difference over the festive period and hopefully made a lasting impact on the children who came.”

The Councillor Initiative Fund allows District Councillors to make awards of funding to support a wide range of community projects and activities. As locally elected Councillors, the fund allows them to get involved with local work and provide funding to help make things happen.

Each District Councillor has £4,000 over a 4 year period to award to local community projects and activities.

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