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WinterFest distributes £4,000 to town

Brightlingsea WinterFest is to make summertime brighter for many families and organisations in the town, with the offer of grants from money raised at this year's festival.

A total of £4,000 is to be distributed thanks to the success of WinterFest 2020, which took place in February.

Eight grants of £250 each are available for organisations in Brightlingsea and Co-op vouchers worth £50 are on offer for 40 families in the town who may be struggling to cope during the Covid-19 pandemic. A further two families can be helped after the Co-op donated two £50 vouchers.

A donation is also being given to the mental health charity Mid and North East Essex MIND from the funds raised at WinterFest, an annual event featuring music, arts and spoken word.

Alix Sheppard and Dave Griffiths, co-founders of WinterFest said in a message to everyone in Brightlingsea: “We are very pleased to be able to offer these grants to organisations and families in the town who have been hit by a wide range of difficulties caused by the Coronavirus pandemic.

“The grants have been made possible because of the amazing support we had from local people for this year's WinterFest which, very fortunately, was held before lockdown. It was the best ever event, with the focus on wellbeing and will remain in people's minds as a happy memory in a very challenging year.

“We want to give grants to local organisations who make a positive contribution to the town and also give a helping hand to Brightlingsea families who have been finding it hard to make ends meet.”

The £50 vouchers for families are not available for purchasing alcohol or tobacco. The organisations receiving grants will be asked to give feedback after six months on how the money was spent.

Information about the WinterFest fund can be found here and online application forms for grants can be found here.

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