Philip Dunne welcomes additional funds for community projects

Local MP Philip Dunne has welcomed additional funding for two projects in South Shropshire through the Aviva Community Fund.

The Aviva Community Fund competition, which provides funding for hundreds of community projects around the UK, has announced Defibrillator for Search Technicians, West Mercia Search and Rescue Charity, and St Milburga's Church Bell-Ringing School in Stoke St Milborough, will be receiving up to £1,000.

St Milburga’s Church will use the funds for equipment to improve teaching facilities, through a projector, screen and computer.

West Mercia Search & Rescue Charity (WMSAR) is the official Lowland Rescue Team for Shropshire, Herefordshire & Worcestershire & are regularly tasked by West Mercia Police to find highly vulnerable at risk people. The award will help pay for an Automated External Defibrillator, to be housed in their Incident Command Unit (ICU) vehicle.

Mr Dunne said “I am very pleased that two local projects have been announced as winners in the Aviva Community Fund, and will receive funding.

The project at St Milburga’s to replace and conserve the church bells, along with a state of the art teaching centre, I am sure will be a draw for campanologists from near and far! Likewise, West Mercia Search & Rescue have recently opened a new base in Bridgnorth, so I am very pleased their efforts to buy a new defibrillator have been supported.