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The nine fantastic projects being boosted by Viridor benefit fund

29th May 2020

In the last 12 months the Viridor Beddington Community Benefit Fund has distributed over £38,500 to nine local projects in the London boroughs of Croydon, Merton and Sutton. 

Supporting community halls in Croydon, sporting equipment for a tennis club in Purley and Cricket Club in Wallington and enabling a local school to develop a new wildlife garden.

The Beddington Energy Recovery Facility in Sutton supports the households of the four London boroughs of Croydon, Kingston, Merton and Sutton to transform non-recyclable waste into enough energy to power c. 57,000 homes and divert this material away from landfill.

Associated with the ERF is a £1m community benefit fund for projects in the four boroughs to access grants to help their projects flourish over the next 25 years. Projects within a 2km radius of the Beddington ERF can apply for up to £30,000 and projects within the four boroughs are eligible for up to £5,000.

Some of the projects to benefit from the funding include, Maggie’s at the Royal Marsden in Sutton which provides free support for people with cancer, their family and friends, further enhancing The Royal Marsden’s world-leading treatment and care.

The Community Benefit Fund donated nearly £5,000 to provide printed information materials, publications, a projector and stationery to support their activities at the centre.

Lydia Spencer, centre fundraising manager for Maggie’s at The Royal Marsden said:We are so thankful to the Beddington Community Benefit Fund which has helped us to organise and facilitate a variety of support groups, workshops and courses at our new Maggie’s centre in Sutton.  Each year, thousands of people are diagnosed with cancer and sadly this figure is rising annually.

"Maggie’s support has never been more vital. At Maggie’s we provide free support and information to anyone living with cancer. For thousands of families living in South London and Surrey, our centre is somewhere to seek expert advice, meet others facing similar challenges and get vital support at an incredibly difficult time. Thank you for helping us to do this.”

Another project to benefit from the fund was Merton based Commonside Trust, who work to improve the lives and the environment of people living in Merton. The community fund donated £5000 to support them with new kitchen appliances and a leaf composter to create a soil conditioner for their on-site allotment.

Naomi Martin, director of the Commonside Trust added: We are delighted to receive support from the Beddington ERF community fund, we have been looking to upgrade our kitchen facilities for a number of years. This funding has enabled us to renew our appliances for more energy efficient ones and also buy a leaf composter to help enrich our own allotment with compost. Our project will reduce the amount of food we waste and help us to grow more vegetables onsite to feed our community.”

Mike Stafford, Head of Contracts for Viridor in the South East and member of Funding Panel noted: It is a great pleasure to continue our support through the Beddington Community Fund. As part of the Energy Recovery Facility serving communities in south London 24 hours a day, our community benefit fund also works to support charitable projects to grow and become more sustainable.

"It has been inspiring to review and understand more about the wide range of applications and projects we receive each year from the four boroughs of the South London Waste Partnership, and on behalf of the funding panel we look forward to receiving many more requests for funding in the coming year."

Applications for the Beddington Community Benefit Fund remain open and the panel would welcome expressions of interest to be sent to the fund administrator at: beddingtonerfcommunityfund@viridor.co.uk

For further information please contact:

pressoffice@viridor.co.uk