Cornwall Scrapstore wins £5,000 to ensure future.

A ST AUSTELL charity that helps up to 50,000 children and young people across Cornwall is thriving once again after reaping the benefits of a donation from a national bank.

Cornwall ScrapStore won £5,000 from the Lloyds Banking Group Community Fund last year after people nationwide were asked to vote for their favourite local charity.

"This is a project that has been running for 18 years and the fund saved the organisation; I don't think that is too much to say," said Mr King, who has been involved with the service since its launch.

"It's allowed us to add an extra day's work for a new employee which means we've been able to open up an extra day a week in both our stores; that's the major effect.

"We needed to do that in order to cater for our customers. It's been a huge boost for us and it gives us a lot of hope for the future.

"It means that because we're open more often, we have more availability for schoolteachers and hopefully they're doing more creative work with young people; the benefits of that are enormous.

"A lot of small charities don't have the money to compete with the big boys.

"This has helped us secure our short- and medium-term security, which is obviously very important," Mr King said.

More than 200,000 people across the UK took part in a public vote online between May and September last year to select the charities they wanted to receive the cash, part of £660,000 Lloyds Banking Group invested through the Community Fund in 2012.

With voting for this year's nominations now open, Gary said he had his fingers crossed for a repeat of the grant that had kept Cornwall ScrapStore in one piece.

"It makes more work for the charity in some senses because you have got to go out and rally support," he added, "but that isn't as much effort as you might perhaps have to put into a long-winded application form for Lottery funding.

"It's a very easy process. I hope we're nominated again."

Lloyds Bank is supporting more than 1,500 community groups through the 2013 Community Fund. To find out more and cast your vote for a good cause in your community go online at www.lloydsbank.co.uk/communityfund

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