Melton’s Trumpton charity hands out Christmas collection cash and gifts to worthy causes

Recipients of donations from Melton firefighters' annual Trumpton fundraising effort together at a presentation evening PHOTO: Supplied
Recipients of donations from Melton firefighters' annual Trumpton fundraising effort together at a presentation evening PHOTO: Supplied
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Melton firefighters’ community charity Trumpton has handed out thousands of pounds in cheques and gifts to 27 good causes.

This year’s Trumpton tour and collection, a tradition that takes place in the run-up to Christmas, raised just over £8,600.

The community was asked to nominate local good causes, groups and worthy individuals who would benefit from a share of the cash.

And at a presentation night, held at the Melton Polish Club, all of this year’s beneficiaries received their awards.

The beneficiaries and their awards were:

Asfordby Football Club - money towards new equipment; Belvoir Cricket Trust - money towards training; Parents Solutions circle - money towards family get-togethers; Sandy Lane Mother and Toddlers - toys; Oasis Family Centre - toys; Melton Furniture Project - money towards ongoing costs; Bradgate Flats - money towards kitchen upgrade; Oakdale - food mixer; Melton Scout District - money towards Holwell upgrade; Melton Learning Hub - kitchen equipment; 5th Melton Scouts - money towards equipment; Melton Community First Responders - money for updated equipment; Well Being Art Group - money towards costs; John Ferneley College’s Duke of Edinburgh participants - money towards equipment; Friends of St Mary’s School - lots of outdoor games; Birchwood School - gardening equipment; Piper (a little girl born with breathing problems) - a new pump to assist breathing; Friends of Great Dalby School - overalls for outdoor tasks and money for gym mats; Great Dalby Pre-school - a play kitchen; The Eye FM - money towards updating equipment; Melton and Belvoir School Sport - money for training; Ellie Harris - iPad stand for wheelchair; Foxes Group - toys; Melton Marvels - money towards costs; Asfordby Hill Community Group - table tennis table; Little Scholars Pre-school - money towards new anti tip chairs; Deena Herod - money to treat friend who’d hit hard times.

Trumpton committee member and Melton firefighter Scott Smith said: “This year was a record collection of just over £8,600 and we also had a record attendance for the presentation.

“We would like to thank everyone who donated and all those who helped us collect.”