Eleven community groups from across Cheshire have been awarded grants of up to £500 each from Freedom Fibre’s Freedom Fund, a community fund designed to support good and green community projects. The Deputy Mayor of Northwich, Councillor Kate Cernik, presented awards to the lucky winners alongside the Freedom Fibre team.
Successful applicants from this year’s Freedom Fund in Cheshire include:
First Davenham Scouts, which was awarded £500 to contribute towards batteries for solar panels on their new scout community hall.
Bugz and Bunnies, which was awarded £500 to go towards equipment and resources for forest school crafting experiences.
Northwich Community Support, which was awarded £500 to help with overhead costs of distributing surplus supermarket food to the local community.
Little Leigh Parish Council, which was awarded £350 for a bug hotel, bird boxes, and wildflowers.
Lack Dennis & Lostock Green Parish Council, which was awarded £300 for water butts to collect rainwater for water planters, as well as winter plants.
Wincham Parish Council, which was awarded £250 to restore and develop Wincham’s War Memorial Garden.
Marston Parish Council, which was awarded £450 to donate wildflower seeds to local residents.
Whitley Parish Council, which was awarded £250 to go toward plants, bird bath and boxes, and hedgehog and bee hotels.
Wild About Stockton Heath, which was awarded £500 towards bird boxes and plants for St Thomas’ Church yard.
Weaverham and Hartford Community Memorial Orchard, which was awarded £300 towards an interpretation board for tree varieties in the Orchard.
Weaverham Parish Council, which was awarded £250 that will go towards twelve new tress to be planted this year.
Neil McArthur, Freedom Fibre’s Chief Executive Officer, said:
“I’m thrilled that we have been able to make awards to such a diverse range of good and green causes in Cheshire. The non-profit groups that have received the funding are all working to positively impact their communities through education, sustainability efforts, and projects that bring local residents together. All these goals directly align with Freedom Fibre’s own company values, and we feel incredibly privileged to work alongside these community groups to help benefit the areas where Freedom Fibre is building our network.”
Mike Dugine, Digital Sector Specialist at Cheshire West and Chester Council, said:
“I’m delighted to see Freedom Fibre investing thousands of pounds into the communities where it is rolling out its full-fibre network. The funds will make a huge difference to local community groups delivering environmental projects across the county.”
Freedom Fibre first launched The Freedom Fund in October 2022 to support community groups delivering environmental projects. Freedom Fibre is currently rolling out its lightning-fast, full-fibre network to homes and businesses in Northwich, Ellesmere Port and Stockton Heath. If you are interested in connecting to our full-fibre network, please register your interest online.