TT2 Ltd has contributed £10,000 to support local communities in North Tyneside and South Tyneside. The donation from the company, which manages the Tyne Tunnels, has received a match of £5,000 to support the Give2 North Tyneside Fund and Give2 South Tyneside Fund at the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland.
TT2 has committed to support local communities in the areas that it operates and the total donation of £15,000 will be split equally between North Tyneside and South Tyneside to support grassroots community causes. In recognition of this donation, TT2 Ltd has been awarded corporate life membership at the Community Foundation and joins a number of other high profile businesses that hold this position.
The Give2 funds support local projects across a wide range of vital themes. The Give2 North Tyneside Fund made an award of £1,000 to the Making Waves Community Choir in North Shields, as a contribution towards their room hire and music tutor costs. The 15th South Shields Boys Brigade received £500 from the Give2 South Tyneside to compete in the Boys Brigade National 5-a-Side Finals in Belfast where they finished as runners up. The young finalists are ranked the top Boys Brigade side in England and competed against the top teams in Scotland and Northern Ireland in May thanks to a grant from the Give2 South Tyneside Fund.
Alan Greener, leader of 15th South Shields Boys Brigade added:
“The Boys Brigade is delighted to receive a grant of £500 from the Community Foundation which allowed us to attend the national finals in Belfast. To play in a cup final was a really special achievement and a dream that has been realised for many of the young players.”
The gift from TT2 Ltd means more grassroots projects can receive the support they need. Give2 Funds at the Community Foundation allow people and business to make a gift of any size to support grassroots social action in their local area.
Rachel Turnbull, Chief Executive of TT2 Ltd added:
“Through the Give2 Funds we can support local projects directly in our area of operation such as the Making Waves Community Choir in North Shields and the 15th South Shields Boys Brigade. The Tyne Tunnels connect local communities, and through the Give2 Funds we are committed to supporting local grassroots voluntary groups access the support they need to continue their work in the community.”
Lisa Cappleman, Head of Philanthropy Development at the Community Foundation added:
“TT2 is a great example of a corporate supporter who believes strongly in giving back to their local community. Corporate philanthropy is an important part of how a business can operate, and we’re delighted that we have been able to recognise this commitment by awarding TT2 with life membership status.”
The Give2 Funds are held by the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, and match is available from a Government scheme called Community First through which the the Fund can receive £1 for every £2 given. The scheme is designed to encourage giving by individual, family and corporate donors, and to make effective use of charitable trust funds that have not been in active use. The match is coming to an end, and is currently available on a first come first served basis as part of a national pot.
For more information about the Give2 Funds at the Community Foundation please visit: www.communityfoundation.org.uk/give2