Turkey producer’s big cash giveaway to community groups

Josh Baldwin, Jake Smith and Callum Pepper (front) of Tulip Radio's Community Voices project.

Josh Baldwin, Jake Smith and Callum Pepper (front) of Tulip Radio's Community Voices project.

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Three Spalding-based community groups have been handed a cash boost totalling more than £3,000 by the UK’s biggest turkey producer.

Tulip Radio, Spalding Street Pastors and adult choir Voices Unplugged have each received donations from the Bernard Matthews Fund which gives financial support to charities and voluntary projects across Lincolnshire, Norfolk and parts of Suffolk.

Almost £1,000 went to Tulip Radio where a media and IT (information technology) training programme called Community Voices is encouraging young people to produce and present their own radio shows.

Jan Whitbourn, business manager of Tulip Radio, said: “Our aim is to carry on with the project using old and new students, help new people to enhance their skills and give new ideas to the show.”

Cash given to the street pastors will help pay for uniforms while patrolling the streets of Spalding town centre between 10pm and 4am and Voices Unplugged were given funding for future concerts and activities in the community.

Marion Sandhu, team coordinator of Spalding Street Pastors, said: “The reponse to street pastors in Spalding has been very positive and its volunteers are an invaluable support to large numbers of mainly young people who may become vulnerable after an excess consumption of alcohol.”

Andrew Sherwood, human resources director at Bernard Matthews said: “Supporting groups located in the heart of our communities has always been important to us and the fund is just one aspect of our commitment to corporate responsibility.”

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