Good causes cash in thanks to the police

THREE good causes have been celebrating after the police handed out more than £1,000 in grants to projects which help the Hastings community.

There was £500 for a new youth club in Ore and £400 for the Turning Point Sanctuary project which works with people who have mental issues, while the group behind the hugely successful recent International Women’s Day (IWD) celebrations received £500.

PCSO Nigel Ball secured the money for Y’Ore Kids, a new group which is being set up at the Ore Community Centre, Old London Road, and also for the Sanctuary project, based in Ashburnham Road.

The money for Women’s Voice, who coordinated the IWD events, came courtesy of Sergeant Phil Mears. Both officers had applied for the money from the Police Property Act fund which recycles cash and other assets seized from criminals and re-directs them to groups and projects which benefit local people.

Mel Tapp, service manager for Turning Point Hastings, was bowled over with the award. She said: “We would like to thank Sussex Police for their kind donation. Our service supports individuals who are experiencing mental health problems and have reached a crisis. The money will go towards funding recreational activities, which help clients to reduce stress, rebuild confidence and take other vital steps on the road to recovery.”

And Shiva Serati, chairman of Women’s Voice, was equally delighted. “I would like to say how grateful we are for the support of Hastings Police,” she said.