Community groups have hailed Prudential RideLondon’s cycling events for improving their local areas after Surrey County Council’s involvement in last year’s inaugural festival.
Earlier this year, more than £242,000 was given to nearly 30 groups by the London Marathon Charitable Trust, which runs the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey events that attracted thousands of riders and spectators last August. This funding came on top of more than £380,000 given to 10 Surrey groups last December.
With days to go before this year’s events, the latest grant winners have described how funding from the proceeds of Prudential RideLondon-Surrey is benefiting their neighbourhoods.
To find out how to bid for a community grant by the 31 August deadline, visit the Prudential RideLondon website.
Almost £9,500 was awarded to Hindhead Playing Fields Association, which hosts local football and cricket teams, for football coaching and new car park lights.
Chairman Chris Grimes said: “This award has really helped us to develop our clubs. Without it, there would be fewer people playing football and fewer youngsters involved in sport.”
A new playground has been built in Dormansland with the help of a £10,000 grant.
Parish council clerk Lynn Blake said: “The community is so grateful to the organisers for the funding for this new playground, and the kids love it.”
Windlesham Parish Council received £10,000 towards improving facilities at Lightwater Recreation Ground and options include an outdoor gym, play equipment for older children and a barbecue area.
Parish clerk Karen Holland said: “It will make a big difference. There’s nothing really in terms of free facilities in the village that people can use.”
Helyn Clack, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services, said: “After the success of last year’s events, it’s great that so many lasting improvements are being made, underlining Prudential RideLondon’s legacy for Surrey communities and the economic boost the events bring.”
John Bryant, Chairman of the London Marathon Charitable Trust, said: “Prudential RideLondon has inspired thousands to get cycling, and The London Marathon Charitable Trust is delighted to now be able to help so many organisations in Surrey.”