Funding boost for community group

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A High Peak community group has secured a funding boost, thanks to votes from the public.

New Mills Community Festival and Lantern Parade are to receive £500 after being named a winner in the Skipton Building Society’s Big 160, securing a slot in its Grassroots Giving initiative.

The group’s application was shortlisted by the building society before being put to the public vote when it received enough votes to be crowned a winner.

The funding will be used to help the group continue to organise the two-week festival.

Lyn Bannister, programme co-ordinator, said: “Our long-term aims are to make New Mills Festival a ‘destination event’ that attracts visitors and encourages participation by the community with the economic and social benefits that this brings.

“Donations like this are hugely valuable to us, as they mean we can keep up with the festival’s growth.”

David Cutter, Skipton Group’s Chief Executive, added: “We look forward to hearing the stories of the impact our funding, and the raised profile of these groups has on our Big 160 winners.”