CleanEarth, renewable energy specialists based in Wadebridge, and Ian and Sarah Hodge from Pengelly Farm, will donate a cheque for £10,000 to the community benefit fund from the Pengelly Wind Turbine at 3pm on Friday 5 June at the Royal Cornwall Show, on stand 417.

The £10,000 community benefit fund has been generated from the Pengelly Community Wind Turbine, owned by Ian and Sarah Hodge and CleanEarth.

The money will be distributed by Wadebridge Renewable Energy Network (WREN) to 19 local projects in the St Breock and Wadebridge area, which have been selected by a panel, that comprised of local residents and business people.

Ian Hodge, from Pengelly Farm, said: “We were so happy with the interest in the community fund that we received from local residents and it is a privilege to be able to support so many people.”

The grants range from £100 to £1000 for local, not-for-profit organisations which either provide services or opportunities for disadvantaged people, or enhance the community life of the area.

There are a diverse range of beneficiaries including Loaves and Fishes Community Help Café in Wadebridge, who have been awarded £1000 towards setting up a café which offers wholesome meals to people in need, on limited incomes or those who are lonely and in need of support. St Breock Primary School have been awarded £500 to rebuild an outdoor learning shelter and fire pit, which will be used by pupils and children from other local groups such as the Beavers and Brownies, for exploration and nature-based learning. £250 is going to the Cornwall Young Farmers for a competition day in Wadebridge which will help youngsters develop their skills in stock judging, cookery, fencing, design (art and crafts), machinery handling and sports.  £100 is being donated to ARC Arts and Craft Group, which provides creative activities for adults with learning difficulties or mental health problems, to buy art materials and arrange a gallery visit.

Tony Faragher, WREN, said: “It was a challenge to select the successful beneficiaries from all of the applications we received. It was a rewarding process reading the applications and we look forward to seeing the projects come to life over the next few weeks and months.”

Kevin McCormick, Commercial Director at CleanEarth, said: “CleanEarth is passionate about supporting the local communities in which we operate throughout the UK and we are delighted to be supporting so many good causes close to our home in Wadebridge. We have committed to making an annual contribution of £10,000 over the next 20 years so the Pengelly Community Wind Turbine Benefit Fund will support many more worthy local projects and organisations in the future.”


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