More hopefuls apply for our big £10k fund

Joseph Platt rides Jet, the new mechanical horse at The Mount Group riding school for the disabled at Somerby, with Samworth Brothers Sports Opportunity Fund trustee Tim Barker (left), Mount Group trustee Pat Bishop and children from Knossington Grange School and Oakham CE Primary Schooll EMN-151027-123126001
Joseph Platt rides Jet, the new mechanical horse at The Mount Group riding school for the disabled at Somerby, with Samworth Brothers Sports Opportunity Fund trustee Tim Barker (left), Mount Group trustee Pat Bishop and children from Knossington Grange School and Oakham CE Primary Schooll EMN-151027-123126001
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We are giving readers a double helping of applications for this year’s Make It Happen scheme to ensure we give everyone a mention before our judges decide where to allocate the cash.

More requests for a share of the £10,000 put up again by Ragdale Hall are as follows:

l Home-Start Melton and Rutland have applied for £1,000 to help fund its weekly support group for parents of children under 5 who are going through stress, depression, post-natal illness or social isolation.

Volunteers support the adults and play with the children, encouraging parents to enjoy their offspring’s achievements and support further learning.

Up to 120 adults and children attend the sessions.

l Holwell Sports Football Club is requesting £1,000 to help modernise the changing rooms at its Welby Road ground.

The money would provide more efficient time restricted cut-off showerheads to reduce water and power wastage.

It would benefit home and away squads and young playhers who play there in the Melton Charity Cup.

l Mount Group Riding for the Disabled would like £650 to help pay for the upgrading of their electric horse riding simulator to full interactive specification, which will greatly enhance the experience and enjoyment of their 50 disabled riders.

The money would pay for an important shield to protect the television screen which allows riders to view different kinds of riding experience.

l Little Rosebuds Creche in Melton is seeking £300 to support its activities.

The organisation, which is based in Saxby Road, looks after children aged two to four.

l Great Dalby Methodist Church has applied for £500 to pay for chairs after some of the pews were removed following a partial collapse of the ceiling in the main building.

The church would become much more user-friendly with chairs and would enable more of the community to use it for functions and meetings.

l St Bartholomews Church at Welby would like £250 to pay for a disabled ramp.

This would enable the building to be accessed by many more people.

The church is being part-converted into a heritage centre dedicated to the lost Medieval village which once thrived there. A heritage lottery grant received did not cover the disabled ramp.