United Utilities cash for Penrith community groups

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Cash grants are being offered to community groups in a Cumbrian town to compensate for the inconvenience caused by ongoing sewer improvement works.

United Utilities is carrying out a £1.9m scheme in Penrith, which is not due to end until late summer.

The company has donated £5,000 for grants of up to £500 for voluntary groups or local charities.

The cash will be administered jointly with Eden District Council and applications will be assessed monthly.

The scheme is open to community groups, self-help groups, voluntary groups and local charities.

Project co-ordinator Caroline Brumwell said that despite making efforts to minimise disruption, the work was inconvenient for local people.

"That's one of the reasons we wanted to establish this fund," she said.

"To say thanks, and to put something back into the communities where we are working."

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