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£1,000 boost to help charity supporting vulnerable Cumbria people

A CHARITY received a cheque for £1,000 last week for the great work it does within the community.

Floating Support, a project run by Creative Support which helps vulnerable people, was given the money by the Lake District Farmers Armstrong Family Charitable Fund.

It says it will spend the money on basic day-to-day items and equipment for deprived members of the community.

Senior support worker Claire Rodgers was one of the original members of staff at the charity, based in Ironworks Road, Barrow.

She was thrilled at the prospect of what the donation would allow them to do.

She said: “We have found that the service we provide is becoming more and more required all the time.”

Floating Support started in 2012 with four members of staff and 22 clients. It now has 16 members of staff and 146 clients.

It provides for people that are homeless or in financial turmoil, offering toasters, kettles, furniture, bedding and plates, to name a few.

Food parcels are also provided for those unable to afford anything to eat.

Ms Rodgers said: “I absolutely love it. I’ve been working in care for 27 years and this is the best team I have ever worked with.

“They have such dedication and enthusiasm. All the staff really go above and beyond.”

Charities and organisations apply for the monthly donations through the Evening Mail.

Editor and publisher Jonathan Lee gave the cheque to Claire Rodgers and the Floating Support team on behalf of the Lake District Farmers.

The Lake District Farmers Armstrong Family Charitable Fund, a legacy of Barrow businessman Ray Armstrong, donates £1,000 each month to a good cause within the community.

To raise money for the fund, managing director of the Lake District Farmers Dan Austin has arranged fundraising events at Clarence House this year and last.

Some of the UK’s best chefs cooked at the events.

Floating Support is always on the look out for donations of any kind, from furniture and televisions to cutlery and toasters.

If you want to make a donation and would like it to be collected, call 07807 972949.

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