The In Bloom groups across Fylde have received additional one-off payments from Fylde Council’s COVID funding to assist the post-pandemic return of the volunteer groups.
Payments totalling £13,250 have been made to the twelve local organisations, whose hard work to keep the towns and villages of the borough beautiful was impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and the inability to fundraise.
Councillor Karen Buckley, Leader of Fylde Council, said: “As a Council, we recognise these groups are a priority in the local community, and we’re delighted to be able to provide this payment to help ease their welcome return. The value their efforts bring to our streets and green spaces alongside our staff is enormous, and their volunteers are a credit to Fylde.
“During the pandemic it has been difficult for the groups to hold coffee mornings or other fundraising activities so I hope the grants will make up for that and provide a further boost to the wonderful floral displays which we all enjoy.”
Fiona Boismaison is the Chair of St Annes in Bloom, who received a one-off payment of £2,500 from this COVID funding in June. Fiona was excited to discuss the possibilities for investment provided by the funding: “This payment is hugely beneficial to us and helps give us a lot more flexibility, as fundraising is great fun but can take a lot of time and energy. Our committee have already met to discuss how best this money can be invested, and we’re hoping to put it towards something extra special!”
If you would like to pitch in, contact your local In Bloom group to talk about volunteering opportunities.
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