BARROW Raiders have received a £5,000 boost from Cumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner Peter McCall.

The PCC's Covid-19 Community Recovery fund has awarded £43,797.27 to the successful applicants in September.

The fund aims to help voluntary groups and charities cope with the financial impact of COVID-19, offering immediate support to organisations that are helping individuals, families and communities to recover and rebuild since lockdown restrictions started to ease.

Raiders, who have taken a financial hit as rugby remains suspended, have been given £4,708.

Elsewhere in the south of the county Millom Junior Football received £2,122.94 and mental health charity Growing Well, at Sizergh, was awarded £5,000.

Peter McCall said: “This fund really is all about helping community groups and charities stay afloat during COVID-19.

“Many of these groups and charities are doing essential work at the heart of our local communities, work which has possibly never been more important and needed than in these challenging times, which is why it is so important that we do what we can to help and support them.

“Over the last few months, we have given £186,467 to groups right across the county and I hope that this funding will help them to continue their essential work.

“So many volunteers give up their time to help others in need and this is why I launched this recovery fund – to support local groups through a very challenging time and also to say thank you for all their selfless work and outstanding commitment. Thank you to everyone that applied and congratulations to all successful applicants.”

Successful grants:

• Beginning Again - £5,000

• Penrith Pumas - £5,000

• Dalston Bowling Club – £2,300

• Carlisle MENCAP - £4,700

• Cockermouth Junior Football - £1,300

• CHOFHS Youth Group - £764

• Appleby Deanery - £1,297.41

• Calvert Trust - £5,000

• Hensingham Scout Group – £1,604.92

• Autism Support Allerdale and Copeland - £5,000