Councillors hear about work of mayor’s chosen charities

Ex-professional cricketer and director of the Belvoir Castle Cricket & Countryside Trust Darren Bicknell introduces the game of table cricket at a special needs school. EMN-150723-170942001
Ex-professional cricketer and director of the Belvoir Castle Cricket & Countryside Trust Darren Bicknell introduces the game of table cricket at a special needs school. EMN-150723-170942001
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Representatives of the two charities being supported by Melton Mayor Jeanne Douglas during her mayoral year have enlightened councillors about the work they do.

The Belvoir Castle and Countryside Trust provides sporting and educational opportunities for around 2,500 primary age and special needs children in the Melton, Vale of Belvoir and Grantham area every year.

Melton Mayor Jeanne Douglas with Emmaus Leicestershire and Rutland chief executive Mir Juma EMN-150408-120406001

Melton Mayor Jeanne Douglas with Emmaus Leicestershire and Rutland chief executive Mir Juma EMN-150408-120406001

The trust, which was set up about six years ago, runs a number of projects including the Belvoir Bees which provides children aged six to 11 with 90 minutes of activity per week. Other initiatives include a Special Needs School Project and Cricket in the Countryside days.

The trust, whose director is former professional cricketer Darren Bicknell, needs to raise about £95,000 a year to survive and carry on delivering its projects.

The other cause being supported by the mayor is charity for the homeless Emmaus Leicestershire and Rutland.

The Leicestershire and Rutland branch was formed in 2011 - made possible thanks to the Pera Foundation which was launched by Melton innovation network Pera.

The charity, which has a shop in Hinckley, provides homeless people - which it calls ‘companions’ - with a home and meaningful work, giving them the support they need to help rebuild their lives and get back into normal society.

For more about the Belvoir Castle and Countryside Trust visit www.belvoircastlecrickettrust.com

For more about Emmaus Leicestershire and Rutland visit www.emmaus.org.uk/leicestershire_rutland