The Countesthorpe Community Fund is a local charity that collects used newspapers and then sells them to raise money for the relief of suffering in the village. Its aim is to give support by way of goods and/or services to residents within the Parish of Countesthorpe who are experiencing severe hardship. It is totally independent and is not part of the Parish Council or any other organisation. It does not give money, grants or sponsorship.
There are several places around the village where an application form can be obtained, including the Library, Village Hall, Health Centre, Rainbow Shop or it can be downloaded here from the Parish Council’s website.
The Countesthorpe Community Fund is made up of 6 trustees, 8 collectors and sorters, with 66 residents and shops having a collection box outside their home or premises. Cherry Lane Garden Centre support the fund’s activities and kindly allows papers to be stored and sorted on their premises.
Selling the newspapers direct to a processor and not a ‘middle man’ means that the best possible prices are obtained, thereby generating funds to distribute to deserving applicants. The newspapers are converted into a variety of products including cat litter, road surfacing materials and animal bedding (our processors produce bedding for major horse racing stables).
The trustees judge each application on merit. Their decision is final. Application forms for assistance are available from the Health Centre, Library, Rainbow Shop, Parish Office, St Andrew’s Church and the Methodist Church or downloaded from the link at the bottom of the page.
Volunteers are needed and welcomed! The Community Fund is always looking for more residents to offer to have a collection box outside their property as well as collectors and sorters. The shops and organisations with boxes are:
• Cherry Lane Garden Centre
• The Methodist Church
• The Rainbow Shop
• The Health Centre
• The Vicarage
• Station Barbers
• The Barber Shop
For more information please contact: 07851 399 343
Completed forms should be returned to Countesthorpe Parish Council’s offices on Station Road.
Please note the data protection undertaking on the rea of the form must be signed before any application can be considered. All applications are dealt with in complete confidence.
Whilst the Parish Council office helps the charity it is in no way connected to the fund.