Community groups and charities in Surrey have been awarded £622,000 thanks to the county’s role in the 2015 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey events.
Mickleham Children’s Playground Association, Guildford Archery Club and Ripley Bowling Club are among eight Surrey organisations handed grants from the London Marathon Charitable Trust, which gives out proceeds from the RideLondon cycling festival.
The biggest award – a £250,000 grant and £200,000 loan – was made to The Bishop Wand Church of England School, in Sunbury on Thames, in partnership with Spelthorne Gymnastics Club, for the development of a purpose-built gymnastics centre.
The latest grants take the total awarded to Surrey community groups to £1.5million since the inaugural RideLondon-Surrey event in 2013. Fifty-eight projects have benefited over the past three years, including the latest eight.
Richard Walsh, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Localities and Community Wellbeing, said: ‘I warmly welcome these latest grants which will make a huge difference to grassroots clubs and benefit local communities for many years to come.
‘It means that nearly 60 groups and projects have secured more than £1.5million thanks to Surrey’s involvement in the RideLondon events over the past three years, which underlines both the cycling festival’s legacy for Surrey communities and the economic boost it brings.
‘More than 25,000 riders pedalled their way through Surrey’s stunning scenery last year and we’re looking forward to hosting the event once again this summer.’
For more information, visit the RideLondon website.
The map shows the 58 projects around Surrey which have benefited from £1.5million thanks to the county’s involvement in the RideLondon events.
Projects in Surrey set to benefit from the £622,000 boost are:
The Bishop Wand Church of England School, in partnership with Spelthorne Gymnastics Club
Towards a new gymnastics facility in Sunbury on Thames – £250,000 and a £200,000 loan
Girlguiding Surrey East
Towards a new residential building – £100,000*
Mickleham Children’s Playground Association
Towards the replacement of playground equipment, surfacing and fencing at Mickleham playground – £19,999
Guildford Archery Club
Towards an accessible piazza shooting range and perimeter fencing – £14,441
Ripley Bowling Club
Towards an automated watering system for a new outdoor bowling green – £11,000
East Horsley Parish Council
Towards a new skate park in Kingston Meadow – £10,000
Towards perimeter fencing for a floodlit 3G artificial turf pitch in New Haw – £10,000
Ewhurst Parish Council
Towards the resurfacing of the community tennis courts in Ewhurst – £6,687
* This replaces a grant previously awarded in 2013 that expired